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Apple will release OS X Mountain Lion in July for $19.99 at the Mac App Store

Apple's next installment of the OS X operating system, called Mountain Lion (version 10.8), may be released as soon as July 25.

According to Mac Rumors, this exact date of release is based off of the fact that Apple retail stores will be conducting store updates the night of July 24. It speculates that these updates will include installations of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on all store Macs, as well as the addition of promotional information throughout the store.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be Apple's ninth operating system update in the OS X series (unless you count the public beta version "Kodiak," which would make this the 10th release). 

Apple has priced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion at $19.99 and it will be available for download in the Mac App Store. 

Source: MacRumors

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RE: fragmentation
By aliasfox on 7/16/2012 3:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's not an issue as long as support is dropped for a valid reason - i.e., if newer computers have certain hardware/firmware/driver features that allow for better user experiences. For example, earlier versions of OSX dropped older machines due to not having the proper graphics support to hardware-accelerate the entire OS.

I'd rather not handicap features that could be available on newer machines just because older machines can't take advantage of them.

(That said, it would be better if the OS could still be installed without support for new features, but sometimes that's not possible - in this case, they're getting rid of EFI32 bit support, so it seems like a low-level change that couldn't be worked around. No idea how it'll effect the end user though)

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