Mountain Lion Now Available For All You Mac Users Out There

As always, this summer has been extremely quiet in terms of gaming news.  Ever since E3 wrapped up, we’ve been sitting here listening to the crickets.  Honestly, it’s been nice being able to sit back and enjoy a few great games, but also leaves you all wondering what the heck is going on.  Nothing is up really, other than the lack of interesting news.  Thankfully Apple’s come to the rescue, although this isn’t exactly the biggest news in the world.  Today marks the official release of OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.  It is currently available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 for those upgrading from Snow Leopard (10.6) or Lion (10.7).  The OS contains a wealth of new features, which Apple highlights as…

With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes:

  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork® documents, up to date across all your devices;
  • the all new Messages app, which replaces iChat® and brings iMessage™ to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or another Mac;
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps;
  • system-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo;
  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center;
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you’re using an app from Apple or a third party developer;
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV®, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay; and
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Additional features in Mountain Lion include the revolutionary new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari® browser. New features for China include significantly improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easy setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, and built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou.

As is always important with a new OS, you need to make sure your computer can actually run the operating system.  Sadly, I haven’t been able to upgrade to Lion as my MacBook Pro was a first-gen Intel Core Duo model, which means I get the shaft yet again.  Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade ;)  Here’s a list of all the supported models.

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

This really makes me wonder if this will be the final version of the Big Cats OS.  Personally I thought Lion was going to be the last version of OS X, because I mean the lion is the king of the jungle after all.  Yet here we are with another update to the aging platform.  I’m a very big fan of the OS, but I believe it has run its course and would very much like to see a complete OS overhaul with OS 11.  Anyone else in the same boat as me?

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