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Apple's "other" operating system gets a major update

Windows enthusiasts around the world are waiting for the October release of Windows 8. However, for those of the Mac persuasion, today marks the release of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion". Mountain Lion is the latest in a long line of OS X releases and is available for a "mere" $19.99 from the App Store.
For customers that purchased a new Mac computer since June 11, the upgrade to Mountain Lion is free from Apple.
Apple brags that Mountain Lion includes over 200 new features -- which are obviously too numerous to list here -- but we'll include just a couple of the highlights:
  • Full iCloud integration
  • Game Center, Reminders, and Notes -- all three are staples of iOS, and all three are iCloud-enabled
  • Messages -- another iOS transplant
  • Notification Center -- most Mac users got their notifications via Growl, but now Apple is getting into the game with the -- once again -- iOS-esque Notification Center
  • Dictation
  • Power Nap -- this feature allows a Mac to still periodically check email and sync iTunes content while in a deep state of sleep. If connected to a power source, the machine will also perform Time Machine backups and download software updates.
  • Facebook and Twitter -- these two social networks are also baked into the upcoming iOS 6 release

A few sites have posted reviews of Mountain Lion and the consensus is that it's a worthy upgrade to Lion. The Verge's Nilay Patel is overall pleased with the upgrade:
Ultimately, this is pretty easy: you should spend the $20 and upgrade to Mountain Lion, especially if you have a newer Mac. You’ll gain a handful of must-have features, and everything will get faster and smoother. I haven’t really missed Snow Leopard at all since upgrading, which is remarkable considering how much I disliked Lion...
Mountain Lion is the first version of OS X to deeply integrate network services at every level, from storing documents to sharing photos to connecting external displays, and it seems that much lighter for it — as though Apple’s relentless charge into its post-PC era has allowed the OS X team to rethink exactly what a PC is and should be. Mountain Lion isn’t perfect, but it’s a confident, thoughtful step towards the future of desktop computing.
Engadget's Brian Heater acknowledges that Mountain Lion is a bargain upgrade, but also notes that it seems as though OS X is mainly taking a back seat to iOS when it comes to attention/features, and that the operating system is in need of a complete "rethink":
That said, it seems time for Apple to make a bold new pronouncement on the desktop front. The company appears to have most of its resources invested in the mobile side -- and there's no question as to why: the iPhone and iPad have reinvigorated the company, making it a computing player on a scale that no one (save, perhaps, for Jobs himself) could have predicted a decade ago. Still, it might be hard for OS X users not to feel neglected -- many of the latest new features feel a bit like iOS hand-me-downs. When and if Apple rolls out a new operating system this time next year, hopefully we'll be seeing a very different side of Mac OS.
But with a price tag of just $20, Mountain Lion is a no-brainer upgrade for members of the Mac community.

Sources: The Verge, Engadget

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RE: Just $20
By hexxthalion on 7/25/2012 1:15:59 PM , Rating: 0
seriously, you don't know what you're talking about:

- AirPlay is wireless streaming of music to any AirPlay enabled device

- AirPlay mirroring is wireless mirroring of your desktop to your TV via AppleTV

- Gatekeeper is complete sandboxing of applications bought through MAS

- system wide 'share' button isn't just FB and Twitter, also Flickr and others

- Safari 6 - do not track, iCloud tab synch, offline reading lists, unified search/address bar (at last), improvements to develop module and others

and these are just few features. judging from your comments on this and other threads you are just clueless person and apple hater

RE: Just $20
By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2012 1:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Is this the part where I'm supposed to go "oooohhh" and "ahhhhh"?

RE: Just $20
By hexxthalion on 7/25/12, Rating: -1
RE: Just $20
By B3an on 7/25/2012 1:58:39 PM , Rating: 1
• AirPlay - Proprietary Apple ****. The same sort of thing can be accomplished with DLNA, used on many devices like phones and TV's and is a industry standard. I can already stream my desktop to my TV wirelessly and i dont need any useless Apple TV to do it.

• Gatekeeper - Vista's UAC basically. Welcome to 2006. Hope you enjoy the annoying dialogue boxes...

• System wide Share button - A less useful version of Windows 8 Share button that Apple have quickly ripped off. This is the problem when MS show their future OS's many months in advance.

RE: Just $20
By retrospooty on 7/25/2012 2:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
"Gatekeeper - Vista's UAC basically. Welcome to 2006. Hope you enjoy the annoying dialogue boxes..."

Oh no, because when Apple copies, they are allowed to call it inventing remember? As a matter of fact, they just "invented" the 4 inch screen and 4G in a phone with the upcoming iPhone 5. They also "invented" the notification scheme right out from under Android where they copied it from.

RE: Just $20
By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2012 3:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
Little known feature that comes standard with Windows Media Player called "Play to" does the same as Airplay.

RE: Just $20
By BillyBatson on 7/25/2012 2:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
"- system wide 'share' button isn't just FB and Twitter, also Flickr and others"

Are you serious? Lmao that sounds MUCH worse and far more useless than just facebook.

"- Safari 6 - do not track, iCloud tab synch, offline reading lists, unified search/address bar (at last), improvements to develop module and others"

Again it a browser the upgrade should be available to all Mac users.

Reclaimer is right.... (dare I say it!?)... Half of the upgrades on that list should be free to all Mac users, the other half if on a list like windows update I would never even heck to have installed. Sharing and social integration lol how ridiculous.

RE: Just $20
By hexxthalion on 7/26/2012 5:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
yep, safari 6 was released to Lion users yesterday - not sure about snow leo as I don't have it

RE: Just $20
By Paj on 7/26/2012 7:21:22 AM , Rating: 2
So Airplay is basically another proprietary Apple technology that has been around in a shareware or open source form for some time now?

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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