OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is currently available as a Developer Preview, meaning registered Mac Developers can access and download the next Mac OS right now. But what about the rest of us? When can we expect to have OS X Mountain Lion on our Macs?
The public release date of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is slated for “Summer 2012″ , this is posted both on Apple’s Mountain Lion preview site and was mentioned by Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller.
A summer 2012 release is just a year after the release of OS X 10.7 Lion, indicating that Apple is cranking out new OS versions faster than ever before. In fact, Mac OS X is now expected to have a major update every year from now on, a break from Apple’s previous tradition of releasing major updates every other year.
How will you get OS X Mountain Lion? The same way as OS X Lion became available, it will be an upgrade offered directly from the Mac App Store as a simple download and install. Prices aren’t yet known, but it’s largely expected to be another $29.99 update, matching OS X Lion’s price.
Stay tuned, we’ll update you as we learn more specifics.