According to 9to5Mac, a number of trusted sources have noted that Apple Store employees have been offered overnight shifts on Tuesday, July 24, leading the website to speculate that OS X Mountain Lion might launch the next day. Typically, these “overnights” provide Apple Stores with the chance to set up new signage, and in this case, install the new OS on in-house Mac computers and notebooks.
Already, we know Apple plans to launch OS X Mountain Lion in July, and that new Mac computers will ship with the new operating system preinstalled from this month. If 9to5Mac’s sources are indeed correct, this launch date can be pinpointed to July 25. The website notes:
We’ve heard a few whispers (3 and counting) that Apple Stores both in the United States and overseas have planned overnights for Tuesday, July 24th. With OS X Mountain Lion launching “in July”, according to Apple, we believe that it is sensible to speculate that this overnight may point to a public launch the following day.
This purported launch would be July 25th, a date that we speculated when Apple announced that its Q3 2012 earnings would be announced on the 24th. For OS X Lion’s launch last year, Apple announced the July 20th release at its July 19th Q3 2011 earnings announcement. It appears that Apple may follow that same pattern this year.
If any more news hits the Web, we’ll be sure to let you know.