Attention Mac users, Apple has confirmed that the next major version of its Mac operating system OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will go on sale tomorrow morning.
The news was revealed Tuesday in Apple's third-fiscal-quarter earnings release, where Cupertino reported sales of 26 million iPhones and 17 million iPads.
"We're thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter," Apple CEO Tim Cook, was quoted in the release. "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."
Mountain Lion will go on sale in the Mac App Store for $19.99. It will be available to Macs running Snow Leopard and Lion.
The revamped OS includes more than 200 new features, from iCloud integration to a new silent updating option known as Power Nap, as well as 1,700 new APIs. On the iCloud front, Mountain Lion will make it easier for users to sync documents between Macs and iOS devices.
Also, Apple's popular iMessage service has displaced the venerable iChat on Mountain Lion. The result is a cross-platform service that lets users on Macs, iPhones, and iPads chat with each other.
Those who purchased a new Mac on or after June 11 can get a free copy of Mountain Lion. As part of Apple's so-called "Up-to-Date Program," new Mac owners will have 30 days from the date Mountain Lion becomes available to request a complimentary upgrade.
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