THE GOLD MASTER (GM) version of Apple's Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is now available on the firm's developer web site, a sign that the company is edging towards a release of the operating system.
The GM version of Apple's Mac software is the version released to developers for application compatibility testing, the release that usually occurs just weeks before its general release. At its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco last month Apple said it was aiming for a July launch, which means that users should be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion before the month it out.
Mountain Lion, set to cost $19, aims to merge Apple's Mac OS X and IOS operating systems, and will bring over 200 new features to Mac devices. Amongst these are tighter Icloud integration, Facebook integration, voice dictation and a new security tool named Gatekeeper.
"The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion," said Philip Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing, at WWDC last month.
"With Icloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet."
Apple has not announced UK pricing for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of writing. µ