Apple released their newest operating system 10.8 a.k.a Mountain Lion yesterday. At a price tag of $19.99, it has really rocked the OS world, competing with the dominant Windows (which costs between $99 and $299 depending on which version).
Mountain Lion’s release, much like Snow Leopard (10.6) fixes many things under the hood, but there have also been vast improvements and upgrades on the surface level.
Some of the new features includes:
- Messages – Apple has now taken Messages out of beta. Messages brings together iChat, FaceTime and the iOS Messages. Now you can get your text messages on your computer as well as your phone. No more dodging ex’s!
- Notification Center – Taken right from iOS, you can now see your notifications right on your screen. Got an appointment? It pop’s up. New Mail? It pop’s up!
- Sharing made easy. With the new integration of Twitter, Safari can share your links. Find a great travel tip? Tweet away!
- AirPlay – some of the newest models Apple products (2011 models and newer) can now use AirPlay. This allows you to mirror your display on an AirTV. Want to show off the website with the car you’ve always dreamed of? Now you can. What to show your Facebook profile to your guests (why you would I don’t know)? Now you can!
- GateKeeper – this is one of the best features Apple is releasing with Mountain Lion. With the recent release of Trojans, such as the Flashback “virus”, Apple is taking steps to ensure its customers are protected. Gatekeeper allows you to control how applications are installed. For example you can only allow applications to be installed from the infamous Mac App Store.
More information is available from Apple directly here.
Mountain Lion sounds awesome – but clients please be hesitant about upgrading. A lot of applications have yet to upgraded to work with Mountain Lion. If you require a specific application in your day-to-day life, please check with the manufacturer (or us!) to make sure it’s 10.8 compatible.
As always Virtua Computers is here to help with your Macs. Work or live in Manhattan? Virtua Computers is here to help you upgrade and maintain your entire Apple network.