We’re just four months removed from Mountain Lion’s official arrival, but Apple is looking ahead to the next version of OS X. Details on what could be in that version are starting to leak out: On Monday 9to5Mac reported that developers are currently testing OS X 10.9, which includes Apple’s own Maps app and its personal assistant, Siri.
Siri would be an upgrade from the Dictation app that Macs currently have. The Maps service may just be for developers who want to integrate Apple’s Maps into their Mac apps. But it could be something else too. Writes 9to5Mac:
With this MapKit framework, as developers refer to it for iOS, in OS X 10.9, it is also possible that Apple will extend its own work on mapping on the Mac besides integration for developers. It is possible that Apple will want its own full-fledged Maps app on the Mac, but we have not been able to confirm that as of yet.
The test version of OS X 10.9 is far from a final product, and anything could happen between now and next summer, when Apple has typically timed its Mac OS releases. But it’s entirely probable that these two services will eventually make the leap from iOS to OS X, perhaps even next year.
One of the hallmarks of 2011’s OS X upgrade was how many features and services built for iOS showed up in OS X: iMessage, Notes, Reminders, Notifications, Game Center, system-wide Twitter integration, AirPlay mirroring, and even little features like the sharing buttons. In that light, why wouldn’t Siri and Maps be next on the list?
Apple’s overarching strategy is for iCloud to hold all of its customers’ content so that any device — Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch — can access that content from anywhere. Part of ensuring a consistent experience across all of those devices will mean that all Apple services, especially heavily marketed features like Siri, will need to be available on all of them.