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As 9to5Mac speculates, Apple could finally launch OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) on July 25th, the justification behind the guesstimate being the planned overnight updates occurring at Apple Retail stores on July 24th.

During this update period, staff would assemble various marketing information such as posters, while also installing the brand new operating system on each and every Mac within a store. Given Apple has already confirmed OS X Mountain Lion would arrive later this month in a $19.99 upgrade over at the Mac App Store, the 25th would seem as legitimate a date as any, but although 9to5Mac seems fairly sure, reiterated that it is more knowledge-based estimation than unofficial confirmation.

As for Mountain Lion itself, there are a whole host of improvements on the table, and although not each and every Mac user is thrilled with what’s in store, the latest version of OS X is heavily influenced by the Cupertino company’s other major operating system – iOS.

With Notification Center and Reminders among a flurry of new features, it won’t be too difficult for Apple aficionados to adjust to the new surroundings. Given the huge success of iOS – particularly on the iPad – it was only a matter of time before its treasures were shared with OS X, and that’s exactly what has occurred with Mountain Lion.

It goes without saying that most, if not all Mac users carry at least one iDevice, and will therefore have become accustomed to the aforementioned features at mobile level. By introducing them to the Mac, Apple takes things to the next level, and with syncing between Apple products already unrivalled, the “iOS-ification” of OS X will only enhance the harmony between devices.

OS X Mountain Lion

Having checked out the preview of Mountain Lion, I’m certainly impressed by the changes brought through, and as such, will most likely be upgrading from Lion. It seems faster, lighter, and most importantly, its functionality is also superior to that of its predecessors. Having said that, I probably won’t go in head-first, rather allow the early adopters to grab the initial version and wait until stability and security has been confirmed.

Will you be upgrading to Mountain Lion when it drops; 25th or otherwise?

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