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.