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Vacation Blackout Hints at Late July Release for OS X Mountain Lion

At its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple officially announced that OS X Mountain Lion would launch sometime in July through the Mac App Store, carrying a low upgrade price of $19.99 for users of OS X Lion or Snow Leopard. Following the conference keynote, Apple also released a "near-final" version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers for testing purposes.


MacRumors has now heard from several employees at a third-party firm offering technical support for Apple products that their company has imposed a vacation blackout from July 22 through 29, requiring "all hands on deck" in its desktop and portables division to support an unspecified event.

Speculation naturally turns to OS X Mountain Lion as the event in question, although some potential customers may be hoping that new iMac and/or Mac mini hardware could arrive at the same time. Apple scheduled just such a simultaneous hardware/software launch last July, introducing new MacBook Air and Mac mini models alongside OS X Lion.

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28 months ago
All hands on deck for a minor OS bump (yes I said minor) seems a bit much. Maybe some new hardware to go along with it hopefully.
Rating: 23 Votes
28 months ago
I happy to see you soon 10.8.
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago
Neato burrito.

I'd put money on new iMacs and Mac Minis in July.

13in rMBP in August.

2012 iPhone in September.

Me claiming bankruptcy in October.
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago
With only a year to correct a ll of the shot t comings of Lion there is little hope left. With Apple spending so much lof it's time dumbing down the Mac OS I have my doubts of being wowed again.
Rating: 16 Votes
28 months ago
I'm not thinking a downloadable only OS is cause for all employees being on deck and not being able to take vacation in a very popular month for taking vacation.
Rating: 10 Votes
28 months ago

With only a year to correct a ll of the shot t comings of Lion there is little hope left. With Apple spending so much lof it's time dumbing down the Mac OS I have my doubts of being wowed again.


Because, dammit, computers should be hard to use!
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago
The article doesn't say that Apple is requiring all hands on deck.
"MacRumors has now heard from several employees at a third-party firm offering technical support for Apple products that their company has imposed a vacation blackout from July 22 through 29"

Wouldn't that make sense for a new OS release? People will need tech support installing ML and dealing with any problems that go along with it...
Rating: 6 Votes
28 months ago
YES!, let there be a new iMac !!!
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago

Or is really hinting the iPhone 5...
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Yea, missing a conference though - they won't release it with just a press conference. The hint would rather be: iOS 6 in Fall 2012... tum tum tum
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
I'm betting it's Mountain Lion and hopefully the new iMac and Mac Mini. The iPhone will wait for a 4th quarter release.
Rating: 5 Votes

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