Recent rumors about the upcoming operating system from Apple, Mac OS X
Mountain Lion say that it is already under testing by AppleCare
specialists as it was just recently sent out to them by the ‘mothership’
from Cupertino. Assumptions are also being made about the fact that the
version sent out is identical to the one which Apple are soon going to
The ones initially catching on the rumor were 9to5Mac , who have reasons to believe that it is actually news and not just a rumor. Based on an screenshot of the upcoming OS from some Apple insiders and on a discussion with their sources, it looks to be a verified news. The build number 12A269 that was sent out to Apple Store specialists via a Mac App Store redeem code, is the Golden Master version of OS X Mountain Lion.
As you would normally expect from Apple, a company which has a pretty high standard of product launches, they decided to send out the operating system to their employees in charge of sales, prior to the official announcement. The main reason for doing this is to allow the staff in Apple Stores to get familiar with the new OS, in order to offer support to their customers.
Getting back to the subject, we have to mention that 9to5Mac found out about Apple’s plans to announce officially the new product on the 25th of July. This would seem pretty logic if you think about previous press statements released by the company, when they said that users will be able to download Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store in July this year.