Apple seeds eleventh OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 beta to developers

Apple seeds eleventh OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 beta to developers

The latest beta has left Mac users asking: 'Where's the public release?'

Apple seeded the eleventh beta of its OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 update to developers on Thursday, but Mac users are wondering what's taking Apple so long to release the software update to the public.

The latest beta, which comes with build number 12D68, arrives one week after Apple released build 12D65 to developers with a bug fix. The changes made in the new beta are not yet known.

Apple has, again, asked developers to focus their testing on AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers and Safari.

9To5Mac was first to report the latest update in a post on Thursday, which has received comments from Mac users who are starting to get impatient with Apple. It's rare for an OS X 10.x.x update to go through so many betas before the Golden Master, which signals an imminent public release.

We've been expecting the 10.8.3 update to be released to the public since as far back as January, when developers began reporting no known issues or major changed to the beta builds. However, the final update is still yet to arrive.

"It's like every week there's another update yet the final version never seems to come," wrote one reader.

MacRumors' post about the latest beta has also received comments from Mac users wondering what's taking Apple so long to release the public version of Mountain Lion 10.8.3.

"This does not make any sense, what the hell are they fixing in a point release that needs ELEVEN betas??????" writes one reader.

Another wrote: "This is getting ridiculous."

It's unknown exactly what is causing Apple to seed so many builds of the beta.

One reader suggests that Apple hasn't yet released the update because it's hiding secret details about iOS 7, while another, who claims to be a developer, says that all of the issues experienced with the beta in its early iterations have now been ironed out, and that the most recent builds have been "rock stable."

New builds of the update have been made available to developers regularly since the first beta was seeded in November.

In December, Apple released a new build of the update to developers just two days after its predecessor was seeded, suggesting that there was a security flaw or oversight in the first build.

Looking ahead, speculation suggests that Apple may be considering the name 'Lynx' for its next Mac OS X, which is expected to be released later this year. The new operating system could introduce Maps and Siri integration to the Mac, reports say.

OS X 10.9 has already been appearing in analytics logs across the web, and is expected that Apple will launch it around July 2013, about a year after it launched Mountain Lion at 2012's WWDC. SEE: January sees OS X 10.9 traffic spike, Apple announcement imminent?

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