Apple Seeds Mountain Lion Golden Master to Developers

Apple has released the first Golden Master candidate of OS X Mountain Lion to developers on Monday. MacRumors reported that the build for the GM release is 12A269.

Mountain Lion GM

Mountain Lion Golden Master

Apple announced Mountain Lion in February, when it billed the operating system as, “Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac.” It includes many features that have since fallen under the umbrella of the iOS-ification of OS X, in terms of both enhanced security and greater limitations on what Apple-blessed software can do. That said, it also includes the return of the “Save As” command, which was removed in Lion.

Other new features include Messages, which is current available as a beta for Lion, Reminders, Notification Center, Game Center, Notes, and more.

Apple executives showed off Mountain Lion during the company’s annual World Wide Developer Conference in June. At the time, the company said it would ship at some point in July, making the release of a GM at this time fit within that schedule. It will be available exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$19.99.

Assuming the GM release meets Apple’s requirements in the hands of developers, this will be the version that ships to the Mac App Store. If not, a second GM candidate could be released to the same process.

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