Earlier this year, Apple announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – and with it, the fact that OS X would be receiving updates in a yearly manner from then on. That was in February, and it’s already November; in other words, that means that Apple is gearing up to announce the next version of OS X, 10.9.

In fact, a number of websites are reporting that Macs at Apple’s corporate address are already starting to show up in their web logs, under the operating system version identification of “Intel 10.9.” For instance, 9to5Mac says that 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros running 10.9 have started to show in its web logs, as early as mid-October.

This follows the pattern that Apple took with Mountain Lion last year: test late in the previous year, show the operating system off to journalists, and then let them publish previews of the new software in the beginning of the launch year. Then, launch the operating system in the summer for $19 and reap the benefits of a large install base. It worked this year, so I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen next year, too.

Mountain Lion isn’t even a year old yet, but I’m ready to get rid of it and move onto the next – and hopefully, better - version of OS X. Are you?

[9to5Mac | Letem Svetem Applem (translated) via Mac Rumors]