Apple has quietly released the Golden Master build (Build 12A269) of OS X Mountain Lion to developers. For all of us who are not developers, the “golden master” designation means this is the build, with the exception of any major last minute bugs, that customers will get their hands on it when it goes on sale.
It seems that Mountain Lion is right on schedule, which is amazing due to the fact Mountain Lion was first previewed in February, only six months prior. With previous versions of OS X, it took Apple, as long as two years to launch a new release.
At any rate, Mountain Lion comes with a boatload of new features, many of which were inspired by the iPad. The update will be available only on the Mac App Store and will cost $19.99.
On the applications side of this news, comes the announcement from Apple that the company is now accepting Mountain Lion-ready apps into the Mac App Store. This is so developers can have their apps approved and ready for the Mountain Lion launch later this month.