The EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) division of AppleCare is allegedly hiring and training new staff on certain aspects of Apple’s upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, “possibly hinting that a release date is soon to arrive,” notes “AppleInsider” (

Quoting “an unnamed source familiar with the matter,” the article says AppleCare EMEA is hiring a number of new employees who will serve as customer support for the latest rev of OS X. The source went on to say that Mountain Lion may be just a few weeks from launch as internal training recently commenced regarding certain facets of the operating system. Apple usually restricts the operating window of support staff training to a minimum before large product release presumably to avoid leaks, says “AppleInsider.”