Apple Releases OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" for $20
July 25, 2012 11:29 AM
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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
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
-- another iOS transplant
-- most Mac users got their notifications via Growl, but now Apple is getting into the game with the -- once again -- iOS-esque Notification Center
-- 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.
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.
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.
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RE: Just $20
7/26/2012 2:34:48 AM
I've upgraded MS operating systems since DOS 3.0, and OS X only since 10.2, so I have well over a decade head start experience in upgrading Microsoft operating systems.
Calling an OS X upgrade a "service pack" only speaks to ignorance of the platform, which isn't surprising given that Reclaimer has made the argument that OS X is a walled garden (hilarious). Either way, the move from 10.3 to 10.4 alone was more substantial than the move from XP to Vista, and any of them are larger than the move from Vista to Windows 7.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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