Mountain Lion is reportedly one step closer to roaring its way onto the consumer market.
The new version of OS X has been sent to AppleCare representatives to use on their computers at work, according to 9to5Mac. This golden master build sent to employees through a redeem code is the on July 9, the blogging site added.
Apple workers and other people have already been checking out the new OS via Apple's Seed program, which gives participants a chance to test new software and provide feedback. But Apple store employees who volunteer for that program for testing.
Apple shed some light on Mountain Lion at WWDC last month, announcing that it would be available from the Mac App Store sometime this month for $19.99. That gives the company little more than a week left to push out the OS.
A recent report from 9to5Macbased on reports that Apple retail store employees were told to plan for an "overnight" on July 24.
As a further clue noted by 9to5Mac, Apple will announce itstomorrow, July 24. Last year the company unveiled its earnings on July 19 and launched OS X Lion on July 20.