MacRumors has uncovered that a larger number of users are accessing their website through “Intel 10.8,” suggesting that Apple is already working on the next update of Mac OS X, version 10.8. As it stands, the most current public release for Mac OS X is version 10.7, Lion, which was the first version of the Mac operating system to be released on the new Mac App Store. MacRumors received similar traffic from “Intel 10.7″ users back in late 2009, close to 20 months prior to the release of OS X Lion. As for what new features we can expect, it is still unclear:
So far, there have been no hints as to what we might expect to see in Mac OS X 10.8. Historically, Apple’s major OS X releases are released every other year: 10.3 in 2003, 10.4 in 2005, 10.5 in 2007, 10.6 in 2009, and 10.7 in 2011. Based on this pattern, we expect Apple to preview Mac OS X 10.8 sometime in 2012, with the final public release happening in 2013.