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We're now halfway through July, so it should be just a matter of time before Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion. We have no idea exactly when it will arrive in the next 16 days, but at least one website is placing bets on Wednesday, July 25.
9to5Mac is reporting that a number of Apple retail stores appear to be planning overnight work for its employees both in the U.S. and abroad, suggesting that the company may set loose OS X Mountain Lion the following day, on Wednesday, July 25.
"We’ve heard a few whispers (three and counting) that Apple Stores both in the United States and overseas have planned overnights for Tuesday, July 24th," the report notes. "With OS X Mountain Lion launching 'in July,' according to Apple, we believe that it is sensible to speculate that this overnight may point to a public launch the following day."
The overnight is reportedly planned for Tuesday, July 24, described as "basically just a few guys running around with the master image installing it on every Mac," according to one employee. Since Apple released new Mac hardware a month ago, OS X Mountain Lion is expected to have the spotlight all to itself this year.
The website also notes that Tuesday overnights are common for Apple retail, pretty much contradicting its own assumption that next Wednesday might be the unveil date.
There could be one clue in last year's release of OS X Lion: The release was announced during the company's Q3 2011 earnings call on July 19, with availability the next day in the Mac App Store. Apple has a quarterly earnings call next Tuesday, July 24, so… we're just sayin'…
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