Apple's latest operating system, Mountain Lion, is strongly rumored to launch this Wednesday, July 25. (Photo : Apple)
Apple is slowly releasing their latest operation system (OS) by having AppleCare representatives test the product.
Apple workers are free to test the new OS X, with the catch that employees must use their own laptops.
The OS X Mountain Lion is reported to be released in a similar pattern as last year's OX S Lion, with overnight shipping to retailers on July 24, for a speculated July 25 release. But with the product being released digitally, Apply could easily release it on any date.
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Another indication for the July 25 date is when Apple plans to announce its fiscal third-quarter earnings. Apple is set to release their earning tomorrow, July 24. Last year, Apple released their earnings on July 19, and launched their OS X Lion the following day.
According to WPTV, some Apple Store employees have been told to plan all-nighters on the night of July 24.
The Mountain Lion is reported to have over 200 new features, one called Gatekeeper, which has the potential to secure your Mac from untrusted Apps. Other new features include iMessages, a texting feature already available on mobile devices, providing speech-to-text dictation and predictive "smart search" in their Safari browser. The new OS X provides Power Nap, which keeps your laptop up to date while it sleeps by automatically refreshing apps, contacts, and mail.
According to the UK's MacWorld, if you recently purchased a Mac or MacBook, Apple announced it will give away the OS X Mountain Lion for free. To be eligible, your Mac or MacBook must have been purchased after June 11, 2012, the same day MacBook Air, 2012 MacBook Pro, and Retina MacBook Pro were released. However, it's unclear if the offer is available in the US.
Apple announced the OS X Mountain Lion would be available from the Mac App Store for $19.99.