Apple Solicits Developers For OS X Mavericks-Ready Apps, Signaling Imminent Release

Apple sent a message on its (public) developer news boards today encouraging developers to submit apps that are fully compatible with its upcoming operating system OS X Mavericks. If the fact that Mavericks went GM (Gold Master) recently isn’t enough for you, we’re hearing that it is indeed “ready” for release, hence the encouragement on Apple’s part.

The logical time to announce availability would be around Apple’s October 22 event, for which invites were sent out this morning. Though an announcement could be made there, it seems likely that at least a small gap would present between then and public availability. Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion as a part of its quarterly earnings release last year and the OS was available on the following day via the Mac App Store. If the announcement about Mavericks availability isn’t made during Apple’s event at Yerba Buena center in San Francisco, then the earnings report on October 28 could be another option. But our bet is on the event itself.

Apple’s invitation to developers reads as follows:

Make sure your app takes advantage of the great new features in OS X Mavericks when the world’s most advanced desktop operating system becomes available to millions of customers later this fall. Download OS X Mavericks GM seed and Xcode 5.0.1 GM seed, now available on the Mac Dev Center. Build your apps with these latest seeds, then test and submit them to the Mac App Store.

Generally, Apple does not start allowing developers to submit apps that are compatible with new versions of its operating systems until they’re ready to ship. We’ll be at the event next week bringing you the news as it breaks, so stay tuned.

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