Last Monday, Apple seeded the final test version of their upcoming Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to developers. The operating system’s Golden Master version is a sign that the software is now complete and set for launching, unless developers find any issues with the finalized build.
A near-final developer preview of OS X 10.8 was released during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference last month. The upcoming operating system included unannounced features such as Mac dictation and the energy-efficient Power Nap mode. In addition, the Mountain Lion boasts tight iCloud integration, offline webpage viewing in Safari, and Messages.
Inside OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
During the WWDC 2012, Apple’s Head of Mac Software Craig Federighi introduced the new Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in a keynote. He took the opportunity to bring the spotlight on the OS’ tight iCloud integration, specifically to “Documents in the Cloud.” This feature allows users to access their files anytime, anywhere.
In addition, the Notes and Reminders apps were also added to the iCloud website, which makes the apps available from anywhere using any Apple device that has data connection. There is also the Mac Dictation, which will also be available on the new iPad. However, this doesn’t function like the personal voice assistant, Siri.
Mountain Lion will also have a new and better Safari. Apple’s web browser now has a unified smart search field and iCloud Tabs, which synchronize open websites across iOS devices. There is also the Power Nap functionality that automatically backs up and updates a device while the machine is sleeping. This feature will also be compatible to the second-generation MacBook Air, as well as the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Apple’s next-generation Mac OS also has a substantial security system, which regularly checks the company’s server to make sure that the latest patches and updates are installed on the user’s Mac. This feature could be due to the highly publicized Flashback Trojan, which allegedly infected about 600,000 Macs around the world.
Apple announced that the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store. Although the specific release date is yet to be announced, the upcoming Mac OS is expected to be released later this month. Users who will buy a new Mac until the OS X 10.8 is released will get the said software for free.