Apple’s next-generation operating system for its Mac lineup, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, is set to be released July 25, according to sources close to the situation.
Mountain Lion (10.8) will sell for $19.99 solely out of the Mac App Store.
A speculation by 9to5 Mac points to the July 25th date, stating that Apple Store employees have been notified about an overnight performance update taking place on July 24. It’s likely that update will include enhancing the Apple store with Mountain Lion posters and displays, along with updating all in-store Mac laptop and desktop computers that serve as demos for the hundreds of customers that walk in and out of the store each day.
That timing would also correlate with more Apple Store employee reports of vacation blackout days, as originally reported by MacRumors.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion is Apple’s next-generation operating system that is expected to be released in less than two weeks. The new operating system will bridge the gap between iOS (think iPad and iPhone) and the Mac. Alongside AirPlay, new features include bringing Apple’s GameCenter and apps such as Reminders and the Notification Center.
Some of Mountain Lion’s other enhancements include upgrades to the Mail App, Safari and the addition of AirPlay — the technology that allows for seamless streaming of music and videos to a television set equipped with Apple TV, the black box that brings a bevy of multimedia to your TV.
The Wednesday release date also falls in line with Apple’s past operating systems of the Mac. Mac OS X Lion was released on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which was released previously to Lion, was released on a Friday, however.
Older Mac computer, most prior to 2008, won’t be able to install and run Lion, as Apple has decided to drop support for early 64-bit Macs.