Apple Store Schedule Hints at July 25 Mountain Lion Launch

Apple has apparently scheduled staff for overnight shifts on Tuesday, July 24, hinting at a July 25 launch for OS X Mountain Lion. Apple’s newest Mac operating system has been promised to ship in July, and a launch on the 25th would come a day after the company’s third quarter earnings report.

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News of the shift scheduling comes courtesy of unnamed sources talking with 9to5Mac.

Apple released a candidate of the final shipping version of Mountain Lion to developers about a week ago, indicating that the operating system is nearly ready for release to the public. The OS includes many features inspired by iOS on the iPad, and drops compatibility for several Intel-based Mac models.

Mountain Lion will be available as a download via Apple’s Mac App Store for US$19.99.