Apple Announces Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Coming This Summer [Breaking]

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In our review of OS X 10.7, we wrote that Lion was the first great PC operating system of the Post-PC age, and that any future update of OS X would continue to blur the lines between the Mac and the iPad.

Looks like we were more right than we could have imagined. Apple has just apparently announced Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which will make its first appearance as a developer preview today ahead of an official debut this summer.

According to Apple’s official page, new features will include baked in iCloud support, iChat being replaced by iMessages, Reminders and Notes coming to OS X, Notification Center, baked-in Twitter support, Game Center, AirPlay Mirroring for the Apple TV (finally!), and GateKeeper, a new anti-virus security technology.

The Verge has an extensive preview up, with multiple videos.

Expect Mountain Lion to be released this summer.

No word yet on how much Mountain Lion will cost, but if Apple is going the once a year route, expect it to cost $29.99, like Lion. The developer preview will be available later this morning, and we’ll have a hands-on preview then. More details on Mountain Lion coming through the morning, so stay tuned!