OS X Lion Could Be Killed Off Early As Apple Prepares Staff For Mountain Lion [Rumor]

OS X Lion Could Be Killed Off Early As Apple Prepares Staff For Mountain Lion [Rumor]

Could OS X Mountain Lion make its debut at this year's WWDC?

Apple could be preparing to kill off OS X Lion early in favor of its predecessor, Mountain Lion, according to the company’s AppleCare training schedule. One source claims that the Cupertino company is already recruiting and training staff for the new release, which could get its debut in June, weeks earlier than expected.

AppleInsider reports that Apple’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) AppleCare division is already “hiring a number of new employees who will serve as customer support for the new operating system.”

The source went on to say that Mountain Lion may be just a few weeks from launch as internal training recently commenced regarding certain facets of the operating system. Apple usually restricts the operating window of support staff training to a minimum before large product release presumably to avoid leaks.

While the report states that this is purely speculation, it notes that Apple’s training could point to a Mountain Lion debut at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on June 11. Traditionally, the company teases its next-generation operating system at WWDC before releasing it to the public later in the summer.

Mountain Lion isn’t vastly different to its predecessor, but it does take Apple’s iOS and OS X integration a little further, introducing apps and features like Reminders, Notes, Messages, Notification Center, Game Center and more.

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  • Nick Cotter

    the question is though will it be a 30 dollar update or 10 dollar update (10 dollars has been done before for ios 3 for ipod touch)

  • Mlapointe227

    Predecessor? really?

  • Alex Ruckledge

    Apple could be preparing to kill off OS X Lion early in favor of its predecessor, Mountain Lion…”


    I think you mean ‘successor’.

    I am looking forward to Mountain Lion though!
  • Andrew John

    I’m not one to nit pick, but predecessor? Really? Proof reading is the first rule of writing. Pity it isn’t on the “to do” list at COM. You guys honestly need to lift your game.

  • Wassal Al Malki

    love new features but hoping it will kill all current lion’s bugs

  • mr_bee

    I just hope they get rid of or modify the whole “you’re too stupid to save files by yourself” thing.  Auto-save in Lion is a poorly conceived nightmare IMO.  

  • Steve Jackson

    A headline that makes no sense about a topic that deserves no attention

  • snaab4

    Personally, I’m hoping to see a ramp-up in iCloud integration.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I just hope they get rid of or modify the whole “you’re too stupid to save files by yourself” thing.  Auto-save in Lion is a poorly conceived nightmare IMO.  

    I just hope Apple gets rid of or modifies the whole “I’m too stupid to understand how not having to manually save my files is much better than the idiotic system we’ve had for the last 25 years” thing.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Can someone with any influence on Apple product please get them to dump their childish cat designations.

    iOS4 or iOS5 are nice. How about MacOS 10.5 or MacOS 10.6 and leave the cats in the alley.
  • Andrew John

    Can someone with any influence on Apple product please get them to dump their childish cat designations.

    iOS4 or iOS5 are nice. How about MacOS 10.5 or MacOS 10.6 and leave the cats in the alley.

    So you’d prefer Icecream Sandwich then?

  • CGJack

    Can someone with any influence on Apple product please get them to dump their childish cat designations.

    iOS4 or iOS5 are nice. How about MacOS 10.5 or MacOS 10.6 and leave the cats in the alley.

    But I like the kitties…

  • skyhan

    I hope Mountain Lion is optimized well enough so as to use system resources effectively like that of the Leopard – Snow Leopard transition. 

  • Jan Batora

    They said in february that they’re switching to annual release cycle like they do with ios. Why is anybody surprised now ? Is it really a rumor when they announced it months ago ?

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