A few curious users of Apple’s Maps application on iOS and the Mac, have noticed that the London Eye and Big Ben have suddenly become animated. Yes, when users look at the two popular attractions in the 3D ‘Flyover’ view, the London Eye rotates and Big Ben displays the correct time.
The new feature is expected to roll out to more cities in “the coming weeks”.
Apple has released the Gold Master edition of the new version of its laptop and desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, to developers, giving the strongest indication yet that it is about to publicly unleash it.
The “GM seed” stage of the project means that Apple has finished the software and the timing fits with previous rumors that the company plans to launch it at the end of October, though an official date has yet to be nailed down. When the new OS X finally hits Macs around the world, it will bring support for iBooks, new Finder Tabs, integrated Apple Maps, the power-saving App Nap function, and Compressed Memory, among other new features.
OS X Mavericks, Apple claims, is the “most powerful OS X ever”. Some of the features it is highlighting for developers include LinkedIn integration, so app programmers can add access to users’ profiles more easily in their software. Apple Maps is also available for them to integrate. And an AV kit simplifies media playback within apps.
Developers are encouraged to download the GM seed of OS X Mavericks and Xcode 5.0.1 from the Mac Dev Center. Naturally, you need to be signed up to the Mac Developers Program to log in first.
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