During the announcement of their third quarter fiscal results yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that their latest operating system is now available for download at the Mac App Store. Users of OS X Lion and Snow Leopard can get the software for $19.99, while users who bought a Mac after June 11 will receive the OS upgrade for free.
Cook also added that they’ve just updated the entire Mac line, and they will launch the iOS 6 this fall. Furthermore, Apple is looking forward “to the amazing new products” that they’ve got in the pipeline.
Inside OS X Mountain Lion
Among its 200+ applications, Apple’s latest OS X 10.8 features “Documents in the Clouds”. Using the software’s deep iCloud integration, users can now access their files anywhere. The Notes and Reminders apps were also added to the iCloud website, making it available from anywhere using any Apple device that has data connection.
The Mountain Lion will also boast “dictation for Mac”, which will also be available for the new iPad. However, this feature is not similar to the personal voice assistant Siri.
Also included in Apple’s new OS is the improved Safari. The web browser now has a unified smart search field and iCloud Tabs. This feature synchronizes open website across Apple devices. It also has the Tabview feature, which enables users to zoom out and see all of the tabs that are currently open in Safari.
The company also announced the Power Nap for Mac OS X 10.8 during their Worldwide Developers Conference last month. This feature updates the device and backs up data automatically while the machine is sleeping. Other than that, it silently refreshes data and is power-efficient. This feature will be compatible with the second-generation MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Mountain Lion Compatibility
Meanwhile, AMOG reported last month that Apple’s latest OS will not be compatible to 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)
Cook’s announcement last Tuesday came two weeks after the company released the Gold Master version of Mountain Lion to developers. There were no major issues found with the OS’ finalized version. This includes focus issues regarding graphic performance and quality, image and media importing, editing or viewing, and networking.