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It’s not a secret that today is the day when Apple announced their earnings and sales figures for the third quarter of 2012, but it may come as an exciting shock that the earnings call managed to slip in a little piece of information relating to OS X Mountain Lion.

When Apple pushed out the final Golden Master build of Mountain Lion to registered developers earlier this month, we knew it won’t be long before they actually flipped the switch and pushed out a public release to the Mac App Store.

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Chief Executive Office of Apple, Tim Cook, took the opportunity to express his delight with his company’s financial performance as well as paying reference to a number of notable going-ons within Apple in the last few weeks:

We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter. We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.

The announcement that OS X Mountain Lion will be publicly available tomorrow is definitely the news which we have all been waiting to hear, with users looking forward to making the switch from Lion or Snow Leopard to begin using the desktop operating system that takes a lot of inspiration from the beauty and simplicity of iOS on the iPad. Developers who have already taken the time to get to know Mountain Lion and investigate its features and setup have reported generally positive results about the OS, but for the rest of us who will be experiencing it for the first time, it could take a little getting used to.

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Moving towards a more seamless experience between OS X and iOS is an extremely good idea in principle, but it remains to be seen whether or not the majority of users will pick up the idea and run with it, and if it manages to iron out some of the bugs that Mac owners reported in OS X Lion.

Mountain Lion will hit the Mac App Store tomorrow, retailing for a bargain price of $19.99, and those who have been fortunate enough to get their hands on one of Apple’s new MacBook computers are eligible for a free of charge upgrade to Mountain Lion, should they wish.

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