A new report is suggesting that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion could be released to the public on July 25, via distribution through the Mac App Store. According to 9to5Mac, sources have revealed that overnight activities will be happening in Apple Retail Stores on the evening of the 24th, which in itself is not unusual but fits with a launch pattern for the 25th July. Apparently, the master image of Mountain Lion will be installed on each Mac in the Apple Retail Stores so that when customers arrive, Mountain Lion will be ready and waiting.
While the launch date is still speculative, as no official confirmation has been seen from Apple, it is relatively consistent with previous reports that Mountain Lion would launch around July 24. The new OS will be distributed exclusively through the Mac App Store so a near instantaneous roll out will occur when it is released, priced at $19.99.
When OS X 10.7 Lion was distributed via the Mac App Store, some people experienced some delays in downloading the new OS to their system, primarily because of the sheer mass of data being distributed from Apple’s servers. It’s likely that there will be a few slow downloads occurring again, simply because of the amount of traffic, but it means that everyone ordering Mountain Lion gets it within a matter of hours, rather than waiting for a USB stick to be delivered.