Apple is primed to release the latest version of its Mac OS X Lion operating system to consumers this month after introducing it at its World Wide Developers conference.

Anticipation has peaked as July progresses with no word yet from Apple. Enthusiasts sites, taking advantage of the lack of information, have put out their own predictions, only serving to whoop up more frenzy.

Sources tell IBTimes to expect it on either Friday of the last two weeks of the month, which is in line with Apple's historical Mac OS updates.

But why so much buzz?

The latest desktop OS from Apple comes with more than 250 new features Apple executives told developers last month. Here's a look at the top 12:

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