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Apple Expands Testing of OS X Mountain Lion to Select Retail Store Staff

With OS X Mountain Lion set to launch to the public sometime next month, 9to5Mac reports that Apple has asked select members of its retail store staff to begin testing the software.
In an e-mail to Apple Store Genius Bar members and Creatives, Apple has provided access to its OS X Mountain Lion AppleSeed testing program…

This testing is to be done on personal Macs belonging to employees, and is not standardized in-store OS X Mountain Lion training.
Not only will the program provide additional testers for Apple as it expands beyond registered Mac developers, but it will also give retail store staff a head start on gaining familiarity with the forthcoming operating system before formal training begins.


Apple is almost certainly wrapping up work on OS X Mountain Lion, if it hasn't completed it already, with the company issuing a "near-final" build to developers at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. With OS X Mountain Lion being a Mac App Store exclusive, Apple can continue to work on the operating system until relatively close to the launch date given that it does not need to build in time for pressing millions of DVDs, but the company will want some time to ensure that the golden master build is behaving properly before it is released to the public.

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24 months ago

So regular employees now serve as beta testers as well?


Developers focus on debugging, noticing performance issues and their causes, etc.
"Regular" users, such as Apple Store employees, will look at the Mac OS X and report daily-usage bugs and inconveniences.

I think it's pretty cool.
Rating: 14 Positives
24 months ago
I really hope there is one Apple employee out there who can feedback the dual screening issue with fullscreen apps that is currently such a bane in Lion. I seriously hope there's a fix to this in Mountain Lion! Pleeeeease?
Rating: 11 Positives
24 months ago

I am running developer preview 4 with the latest update that came out earlier this week. What is the issue you are having so I can see if it still exists?

I think his issue is this: Let's say you have multiple monitors, say a 27" display and a 17" MacBook Display... you're doing work on the 27" but want to use the full-screen feature of an app on the 17" display. You click the icon in the upper-right to make it full screen and it turns your 27" display into a huge screen of linen!

If you could full-screen apps on one display and still allow you to have access to working on the other display, that would be tremendous, but as of now (Lion), you can't.
Rating: 10 Positives
24 months ago

I really hope there is one Apple employee out there who can feedback the dual screening issue with fullscreen apps that is currently such a bane in Lion. I seriously hope there's a fix to this in Mountain Lion! Pleeeeease?


I am running developer preview 4 with the latest update that came out earlier this week. What is the issue you are having so I can see if it still exists?
Rating: 9 Positives
24 months ago

What a great perk!


You can buy that perk for $100. Just sign up for the developer program.
Rating: 9 Positives
24 months ago
The only thing I care about is performance and stability improvements. Lion is a bloated and buggy disaster. Every day I use my Mac I regret "up" grading from Snow Leopard. The longer I use Lion the more I hate it and I've loved every previous OS X release to date. I'm really hoping Mountain Lion fixes this mess.
Rating: 8 Positives
24 months ago



With OS X Mountain Lion being a Mac App Store exclusive, Apple can continue to work on the operating system until relatively close to the launch date given that it does not need to build in time for pressing millions of DVDs


The ability to fix last minute bugs and shorter lead times. Another nice benefit of digital delivery systems like the Mac App Store. :)
Rating: 8 Positives
24 months ago
Interesting, AFAIK this is the first time they've done this. I suppose it will help for training purposes, though Apple Store employees are aided in that ML is mostly the same as Lion, with a few refinements.
Rating: 7 Positives
24 months ago

I can't wait for this to be released. One thing I am UBER excited about is being able to AirPlay Mirror my iMac onto my bedroom TV. :D:D:D


Wait till you see how "snappy" Safari is. (And no, this time it's no sarcasm, the new scrolling in Safari using core animation is insanely fluid.)
Rating: 6 Positives
24 months ago

Someone posted above about Lion being a laggy and buggy mess and I must admit that was my first impression on upgrading to Lion. I subsequently upgraded to the first Mountain Lion preview and was similarly unimpressed by performance. I then performed a clean install on a later preview build and my machine and ML are transformed.

I've never had to do this with previous version of OSX but for some reason the upgrade from SL to Lion and then to ML was not a success. The system worked but boy was it laggy.

Having clean installed ML I can say that it runs very very well and Safari really is snappier. Any performance criticisms of Lion I had are out of the window and ML really is a great update. Not revolutionary but evolutionary with some great new features that really add to the experience. In fact the only function still seems incongruous and unnecessary is Launchpad. Maybe it will make sense when Apple launches a touch screen Mac but right now I don't use it and can't think if a use for it.


Thanks for sharing. It seems that may indeed be my next recourse but I haven't had to do that since the Windoze days. This is my main work Mac so reinstalling from scratch is a huge deal (as in lost days of productivity which I cannot afford at the moment). Perhaps the time to do it is when I upgrade to ML. Your personal account is encouraging.

Even if I do install from scratch, I remain cynical. I have to question the way Lion manages RAM. It pages constantly and needlessly. I have 8 GB of RAM and it is not well utilized. I used to be able to run multiple applications with ease on Snow Leopard. I'd brag to my friends how awesomely fast and stable my Mac was. I'm no longer bragging. Instead now I'm constantly presented with the spinning beach ball. I monitor my memory like I used to way back when I used a PC. Mail apparently has a memory leak as I need to quit and restart the app periodically. Even native apps like the App Store crash randomly.

And there are irritating bugs in Launchpad and Mission Control that as of 10.7.4 have not been fixed. It sure seems like Apple is getting sloppy. Snow Leopard was a labor of love. Lion feels like a prototype rushed out the door before it was ready for primetime.

Also I don't understand the people who vote you down on this site whenever you criticize Apple. I love Apple. I spend several thousands of dollars on Apple. I think I'm entitled to speak my mind. Is this not a forum for discussion or are we all just Apple zombies?
Rating: 5 Positives

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