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Mountain Lion updates to be funneled through Mac App Store

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.




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  1. emulator@fronti

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Enterprise, anyone?

    I'm wondering how this will affect deployments in the enterprise environment. Apple, do you remember us?

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    ...

    "but some Mountain Lion owners could resent being forced to use an Apple ID for basic system functions."

    So will us IT people like me who manage a bunch of stand alone macs...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    PITA

    Sounds like another pain in the a** for the enterprise

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Enterprise

    Yeah, my first thought was: can we still run our own internal SU servers? I don't want to download 10.8.1 600 times!

  1. facebook_Michael

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2012

    -7

    SUCKS

    AS Much as I love Macs and Hate Windows for all my media and IT work, Apple is starting to Suck more and more, I guess after Mountian Lion will come pussycat and Macs will only be for kids. Is it time to get into linux for serious computer work instead of the new APPle STORE (the whole Mac platform). SUCKS APPLE

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  1. facebook_Michael

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2012

    -11

    SUCKS

    AS Much as I love Macs and Hate Windows for all my media and IT work, Apple is starting to Suck more and more, I guess after Mountian Lion will come pussycat and Macs will only be for kids. Is it time to get into linux for serious computer work instead of the new APPle STORE (the whole Mac platform). SUCKS APPLE

  1. emulator@fronti

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    We haven't even deployed Lion

    The whole user interface design just doesn't have the enterprise environment in mind. I agree with Facebook_Michael: Mac OS is targeted more for children and the entertainment crowd, and not the enterprise. I'm waiting for the day that apple discontinues its server OS. :-(

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Couldn't agree more...

    Apple moving to a 1 year OS 'churn' & dropping legacy support for Rosetta ( I just found out USB fax/modem too) has effectively wiped out access to:

    - all my past business correspondence (appleworks)
    - all my historical accounting (quickbooks pro)
    - legal digital communication available (fax via modem)
    - my main application software beyond about 5 years

    Hard copy & 'old tech' is rapidly increasingly the only way for business to be 'safe' that records will be both accessible & reusable.

    With Lion the Mac has in my opinion become a business cripple...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The least..

    The least they could do is fix SMBX before moving on...

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    more enterprise

    My gawd, methinks none of you are *real* IT people, because you clearly don't know what you're talking about.
    Any moderately large organization will have their own internal update server AND block Apple's own update servers (either at the firewall, or on the DNS server so that the Apple update server names don't resolve). Because (as Apple4ever points out) you cannot have 600 machines trying to download a large update at the same time!

    That's just IT 101. Even my wife's school district does this... Try Googling for many of the tools available, before spreading disinformation. And the same thing for Windows updates as well.

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