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Apple has just released the 10.8 version of Mac OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion. Apple CEO Time Cook made the formal announcement of the new OS release during the public news gathering of the company’s 3rd quarter financial results.

Mountain Lion includes over 200 new features. It costs $20, and it can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store— which is automatically installed on the current Lion version. Downloading Mountain Lion on a Mac requires that it be running at minimum Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) or any version of the current OS 10.7.

One of the most significant features of Mountain Lion is full iCloud integration between Mac computers and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch). iCloud will keep all your mail, calendar alerts, contacts, reminders, documents, and notes up-to-date between devices. Whenever data is added or changed on one device, those changes will be synced to your other devices.

The Notification Center feature in iOS devices is now a part of the new operating system as well. This feature allows users to get previews of email messages, calendar alerts, Twitter updates and much more, from a sliding panel on the Mac desktop.


Two other very useful features include Siri-like Dictation, which allows users to dictate their words, using the built-in microphone, into any text supported application. Mountain Lion also includes Power Nap, which enables your Mac to receive updates even when it’s asleep.

Game Center, Air Play, Twitter and Facebook integration top off the other significant new features of Mountain Lion.

Source: Macworld

  1. Gautam Thapar
    July 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I upgraded a few days ago and the difference what I feel as of today (from previous version) are -

    1. Mac Mail has improved, it is much quicker and I quite like that now we can see the sent message above the received mail in inbox itself.

    2. Notifications obviously.

    3. Safari improved, works much faster now.

    4. I like the addition of reminders and notes, works great now I don't need apps for them.

    will keep exploring... :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Gautam. Give the dictation feature a try as well, I think you'll like it.

      • Gautam Thapar
        August 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        Hey, I tried and it works good. But I still prefer my fingers to do the writing. May be when I am too old to type then I think I will use it more.

  2. Alykhan Lalani
    July 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    anyone else receive their upgrade codes yet? been waiting for mine since day 1

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Upgrade codes? Explain.

  3. Darryl Park
    July 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Upgrade complete ... a few issues with a lack of X11 but you get a popup asking if you want to install it. Also some safari extension incompatibility. All in all, loving it! The backup to multiple locations in Time Machine. A great way to feel more protected against failures.

    Wonder if growl will create a pass-through for notification center so all notifications can show in there rather than having growl popups along with notification center popups.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Yeah, there's always problems with the Safari extension after a new OS. They usually get worked in a month or so. Thanks for your other feedback, Darryl.

  4. Elaheh Sadegh
    July 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    time to upgrade my i-mac to latest ios.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Be sure to check and see if your iMac is compatible with ML. After I wrote this article, I discovered that many older Macs (some less than 6 years old) are not.

  5. UD98
    July 26, 2012 at 1:44 am

    time cook

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