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Apple to Release Mountain Lion July 25

Facebook, Twitter, Baidu and Sina Weibo are all built into the OS

Apple will release Mountain Lion, the latest update to its operating system, on Wednesday, the company announced Tuesday.

Apple offered the news within its third-quarter earnings release, as it did last July to announce the ship date for Lion, the previous operating system.

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple CFO, mentioned the news a couple times, speaking of its new features and other “amazing new products” the company will reveal at a later date.

Mountain Lion introduces more than 200 features, including Facebook and Twitter integration and a new Messages app.

Apple first announced Mountain Lion in February, noting how iCloud would let people easily integrate their computers, mobile phones and tablets.

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“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in February.

Mountain Lion also offers features specific to the Chinese market, the second biggest for Apple. The company has integrated Baidu, a popular search engine, and Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, into the operating system.