Mac users, are you looking forward to getting your hands on the latest Mac OS X — version 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion?
You won’t have to wait long. Apple released the final developer version of the operating system, known as a Gold Master, on Monday. Barring small technical issues and tweaks, this is the same version that will be released to the public — and it’s right on schedule.
When can you download it, exactly? If you’re a developer, right now. Otherwise, Apple has said the $19.99 Mountain Lion upgrade will be available online by the end of July.
The company hasn’t specified an actual date, but it has scheduled its earnings call for July 24. Last summer, Apple released Mac OSX 10.7 — Lion — one day after its earnings call.
So if we’re going by the same schedule, expect to download Mountain Lion on Wednesday July 25.
More than most OS upgrades, Mountain Lion is a highly-anticipated one with plenty of changes. It boasts Twitter integration (you can tweet from any window) and 200 other new features, many of which will make the Mac OSX interface appear more integrated with iOS on the iPad and iPhone. For example, reminders and iMessages that appear on your phone will also pop up on your desktop.
Will you be downloading Mountain Lion on day one? Let us know in the comments.