AppleCare’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division is reportedly hiring and training a number of new employees in line with the upcoming release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It is said that the new staff will serve as a customer support for the new operating system. These claims hint that a release date for the OS X 10.8 will be announced soon.
Consistent Rumors Pointing Out to a Possible Launch Date
It was also reported that the Mountain Lion may be a few weeks away from launch, as internal training with regards to the facets of the OS commenced recently. The company usually has restrictions when it comes to training personnel for the operating system. They would coach a minimum number of workers prior to a large product release, presumably to avoid leaks.
Though it’s all rumor, the claims remain consistent from previous reports. With AppleCare EMEA’s increased hiring and training of new employees, this could possibly mean that the new operating system will be announced at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference. The event will kick off from June 11 to June 15, and will take place is Moscone West, San Francisco, California.
Meet the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Announced last February, the OS X 10.8 is said to be released this summer. In addition, the developer preview revealed that the Mountain Lion have a handful of features brought from iPad and iOS that will blur the line dividing the desktop and mobile operating systems. As stated by Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:
“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better. The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.”
The OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion features Messages which replaces iChat, as well as Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring. The new OS will also be the first OS X that will have a built-in iCloud for easy setup and application integration. In addition, the developer preview also reveals Gatekeeper, a tool that will keep users safe from malicious software.
The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple was able to have a copy of OS X 10.8 prior to the developer preview, and made an in-depth review about it. According to him, the Mountain Lion is equipped with features that Mac and iOS users will enjoy.
Other than the release date, its pricing has not yet been announced. However, it’ll be available at the Mac App Store.