updated 01:40 pm EST, Thu February 16, 2012
Apple moves away from Software Update tech
Updates to OS X Mountain Lion will be delivered through the Mac App Store, Pocket-lint says it has learned through one of the company's private product briefings. Present and past versions of OS X have relied on a dedicated Software Update function. In switching to the Mac App Store for patching, Mountain Lion will mimic iOS' App Store-based update system.
Still unknown, though, is whether people will be required to sign up for an Apple ID. An account is normally mandatory for Mac App Store access, but some Mountain Lion owners could resent being forced to use an Apple ID for basic system functions. The information should emerge later into the Developer Preview program, which has only just begun. A commercial release of Mountain Lion is due sometime this summer.