No, the top 135 stories on Techmeme this afternoon are all about the next version of Apple’s AAPL desktop operating system — dubbed Mountain Lion — due out next summer.
And even that doesn’t quite capture what has so fascinated the tech press.
“The real shocker,” writes the New York Times ‘ David Pogue, “is that for the first time, Apple decided to give tech reviewers an early, early version of Mountain Lion — not just months before its release to the public, but even before its release to its developer (programmer) community.”
So who, exactly, got to see it first?
That’s a question likely to be worried over within gossipy new media circles for weeks to come. Here, as near as I can tell from an admittedly small sample, is the current pecking order as Apple PR sees it:
The Wall Street Journal‘s Jessica Vascellaro got meetings with CEO Tim Cook and marketing chief Phil Schiller
Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber got a sit-down with Schiller (and a loaner MacBook Air) which he described in detail, as did USA Today‘s Ed Baig
The Times‘ Pogue also got a Schiller preview, despite speculation by the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple that the Times may be getting the cold shoulder because of its Foxconn stories
TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler and The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple got a developer’s version a week early
Macworld‘s Jason Snell got a developer’s version a few days early
A few thousand registered developers downloaded it on Thursday
The Verge‘s Nilay Patel got Apple PR to return his call
I may have missed it, but nowhere in the reports I read was there any hint that the previous incarnation of OS X was greeted with anything less than open arms. In my house, for what it’s worth, my wife still hasn’t forgiven me for saddling her with Lion’s version of the Apple Mail app.
UPDATE: A far more complete list of the previewers, via Quora.