Apple's latest OS X Mountain Lion set to launch tomorrow, Wednesday. (Photo : Apple.com Snapshot)
Apple's newest operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, is expected to make its launch Wednesday, with a free upgrade option for recent Mac buyers.
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Latinos Post reported yesterday that some Apple Store employees have been told to prepare an all-nighter tonight, which stirred speculation that the company's latest OS will be available the next day.
According to WPTV and 9to5Mac, multiple Apple employees have confirmed that some will be working overnight.
Apple's latest quarter earnings report is scheduled to be presented today. Last year's OS, Lion, was released the day after Apple posted their quarter earnings, and many analysts expect Apple to follow the same trend this year with Mountain Lion.
The OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will cost Mac users $19.99 to upgrade from their current operating system.
Although not confirmed by Apple, speculation that recent Mac users with an operating system purchased on or after June 11 can receive a free upgrade to Mountain Lion. Since the latest operating system will be released through the Mac App Store, the free upgrade will be delivered through a code application.
MacRumors.com say the Up-to-Date program allowing for the upgrade is already available but Apple might not make an announcement regarding the program until the Mountain Lion itself is officially released.
For the upgrade, users are required to enter the date and location of where they recently purchased their Mac to ensure it was bought on or after June 11, 2012. Once that part of information is in, users will out personal contact information and enter the serial number of devices eligible for the free upgrade to Mountain Lion. In the end, users will receive a reference number and the redemption code will be delivered to their email.
However, since the OS X Mountain Lion has not launched, users will temporarily receive an "error" message.
Users wanting to quickly get to the Up-to-Date program for the free Mountain Lion upgrade may have to wait till it is officially launch, as the link for the upgrade was eventually pulled down.
With over 200 new features, the OS X Mountain Lion includes an upgraded Notification Center, Dictation, Gatekeeper, and Power Nap option.