Published on July 29th, 2012 | by Mithil Bhatia
Apple OS X Mountain Lion: Everything You Need to Know [Review]
Apple revealed its one of the most anticipated new Operating System, Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 on 25th July. Mountain Lion hits the market five months after Apple first previewed it publicly on WWDC 2012 and just a year after its predecessor, Lion. The Apple’s ninth version of OS brings over 200 new exciting features like Notification Center, Messages, better iCloud integration, Social Sharing, Game Center and lots more. The only place where you can get Mountain Lion is the Mac App Store, so it won’t be sold on physical media like DVD or thumb drive.
After 48 hours of launch, Mountain Lion has generated over $38 million, encompassing 3.2 % (2 million downloads) of all Mac users (as estimated by Chitika).
So What’s New?
The Mountain Lion is essentially a new Operating System, however it qualifies more as an upgrade, precisely a refinement of its previous version, Lion 10.7.x. This new version of OS X continues the trend of unifying the benefits of iOS, the mobile operating system that runs on iPhone and iPad, to your Mac. Mountain Lion comes with some applications which are already available in iOS.
With Messages, the California company sought WhatsApp stand up to the phenomenon, launching its own Messaging Service with which you can send messages to anyone on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. While it fuses with the missing iChat and gives the option of using third party chat like Gmail, messages are encrypted at all ends and there’s an option to switch your chat to a FaceTime video call.
The Notes and Reminders, just like on iOS, offers you to organize your things on Mac. Sync notes and reminders with iCloud, any input or update placed on these applications on the iPhone or iPad, will immediately appear on your Mac.
Notification Center was a historical demand of the users of Apple. After appearing in iOS, Notification Center will also be in Mountain Lion. Notifications appears on the right of your desktop, use a track pad gesture to slide in and out from right side or click the Notification Center Button to pop it up to see notices on new emails, reminders and calendar appointments. Part of its great value lies in integration with Twitter, since from it you can view or send a tweet.
In addition, the new Apple operating system has other features such as Gatekeeper (which increases the security of Mac by preventing downloading and installing malicious software on your Mac), improvements in synchronization with iCloud, Game Center (play with anyone on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch); and AirPlay (lets you browse files on your TV wirelessly through an Apple TV attached with Mac).
Get the complete detail of 200+ new features of Mountain Lion from Apple Website.
Installing Mountain Lion
Not all Mac users can take advantage of Mountain Lion, the user need to verify that the prominent Mac is among those chosen by Apple to use its new OS. The new OS can only be installed on Macs already running Lion or latest version of Snow Leopard, and they must be either of the following machines:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Once you have cleared above query, the immediate step should be to take backup of Mac on which you are planning to install Mountain Lion. Apple has not detected or reported any serious problems when performing this update, but it’s always a better choice to do so. Time Machine, the native backup utility offered by the Apple, is a perfect tool for this, and can save a lot of valuable information in case something goes wrong.
The installation process is really very easy, the same as installing an app. As with the penultimate and predecessor version Lion 10.7, Mountain Lion can only be installed through Apple App Store.
From Apple App Store dock, select the product as Mountain Lion (the cost is $19.99, and free for those who purchased their machine after June 11, 2012), and right then follow the on screen instruction and begin the process of downloading and installation. It takes around half an hour to upgrade to the new OS. Alternatively, if you don’t have internet access, you can get this process done by visiting any Apple Retail Store.
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