As first announced in February, Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.8 will not be compatible for certain Mac models with older Intel chipsets. As posted on the company’s “How To” page, the following are the Mac models qualified for the Mountain Lion update:
- 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)
As posted on Apple’s Mountain Lion page, users will first need to check whether their Mac is compatible for the upcoming operating system. After that, they will be instructed to verify whether they are using OS X Lion or the latest version of Snow Leopard, which is OS X 10.6.8. Lastly, users will need to download Apple’s next OS as soon as it becomes available later this month.
Mountain Lion Features
Prior to this, Apple released the Golden Master version of the OS X Mountain Lion. The GM version is a sign that the OS is now complete and set for launching, unless developers find any issues with the finalized build.
The upcoming OS features “Documents in the Cloud”, which allow users to access their files anytime, anywhere. The Notes and Reminders were also added to the iCloud website, enabling users to access these apps from anywhere using any Apple device that has data connection. There is also the Mac Dictation, although is doesn’t function like Siri. This feature will also be available on the new iPad
Mountain Lion will also have a new and better Safari with its unified smart search field and iCloud Tabs. These components syncs open websites across iOS devices. OS X 10.8 also sports the Power Nap feature, which automatically backs up and updates a device while the machine is sleeping. This feature will be compatible with the second-generation MacBook Air, as well the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Apple’s upcoming OS will also have a substantial security system that will regularly check the company’s server, making sure that the latest patches and updates are installed on the user’s Mac.
So far, the Cupertino-based company appears to be right on schedule for the release of their OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Although no specific date was given, the upcoming OS will be available later this month. It will be available at the Mac App Store for $19.99, and is packed with over 200 features.
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