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Apple's Mountain Lion 'Golden Master' released to developers, public version coming soon

Apple has shipped the Golden Master version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, indicating that the final version of the OS, expected sometime this month, is imminent.

As reported by MacRumors, the Golden Master version is likely the final version of Mountain Lion before its official consumer release.

The company released a developer review of Mac OS X Mountain Lion in February, and tipped a July final launch at last month's Worldwide Developer Conference.

Mountain Lion includes more than 200 new features, like iCloud integration, a silent updating option, dictation, and 1,700 new APIs. An upgrade will be available to Snow Leopard and Lion users for £13.99 in Apple's App Store.

Mountain Lion's predecessor, Lion, made its debut in June 2011, and was made public in July 2011.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Once Apple releases Mountain Lion, however, the download process might not be easy. Unlike with last year's Lion release, the Mac App Store will reportedly assess your computer's suitability for the new OS before allowing you to pay for and download it, according to

To get Mountain Lion, you will need an Intel Mac, already running on OS X 10.6.8 or higher, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of available storage.

In a separate post, meanwhile, MacRumors has reported that Apple is now accepting Mountain Lion app submissions.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be released to manufacturers in August and will become publicly available at the end of October.