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Mac OS X Mountain Lion to arrive in July for $20

updated 02:17 pm EDT, Mon June 11, 2012

New Macs to ship with Lion, get free upgrade

As expected, Apple has formally detailed the next major Mac OS X release, referred to as Mountain Lion, which is scheduled to arrive in July. Version 10.8 is claimed to offer more than 200 new features, including "Documents in the Cloud," native voice dictation, and deeper iCloud integration that will automatically sync Messages, Reminders and Notes content.

Documents in the Cloud stores documents created or viewed in Pages, Keynote, Preview and TextEdit. The company will offer an API to extend the service into third-party apps, while other files can be placed into the cloud storage system via drag-and-drop migration.

The Notification Center for Mountain Lion will mimic its iOS counterpart, serving as a common location for alerts from various programs. The system intelligently disables notifications under certain circumstances, eliminating the possibility of accidental pop-ups when making presentations on a projector.

The Sharing button has been integrated across multiple programs, such as Safari, enabling users to use the feature universally after providing authorization just once.

Like Windows 8, Mountain Lion is capable of performing a number of processes while the devices is in sleep mode. When used on the second-generation MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro, the system can be set to automatically run software updates or backups while on standby with the lid closed.

Apple has continued to drop the price of its major Mac OS X releases, as Mountain Lion can be purchased for just $20 and a single license can be used on multiple machines. The company has yet to finalize a specific release date, though developers will quickly receive a near-final build to hasten the process.












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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iCloud, huh?

    Version 10.8 is claimed to offer more than 200 new features, including "Documents in the Cloud," native voice dictation, and deeper iCloud integration that will automatically sync Messages, Reminders and Notes content.

    Doesn't iCloud do documents in the cloud now? And we've had messages, reminders, and notes sync to our computers since Mobile Me days, haven't we? Oh, wait, not to the mac (well, not the first two).

    The Sharing button has been integrated across multiple programs, such as Safari, enabling users to use the feature universally after providing authorization just once.

    What sharing button? What authorization? I just love articles that summarize a little 'too much'!

    Like Windows 8, Mountain Lion is capable of performing a number of processes while the devices is in sleep mode. When used on the second-generation MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro, the system can be set to automatically run software updates or backups while on standby with the lid closed.

    Apple has continued to drop the price of its major Mac OS X releases, as Mountain Lion can be purchased for just $20 and a single license can be used on multiple machines.

    That's because (a) their releases aren't as 'major' as they used to be, (b) they really are trying hard to get people to upgrade (cheaper the better), then they can give it as an excuse to stop support Snow Leopard, and (c) they don't care about the minor cost of the OS, when they make so much from their iOS devices, iTMS, appStores, etc.

    The company has yet to finalize a specific release date, though developers will quickly receive a near-final build to hasten the process.

    Shipping out a near-final build to developers will do nothing to hasten the process, since it's either ready or it isn't. Developers will be spending more of their time making sure their current apps just work in the new OS (and hope that apple doesn't break things before final, but since Apple breaks things on simple maintenance releases, that's a lost cause).

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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    I will be downloading this illegally after last year's mess. Apple charged me for 5 copies of mountain lion and denied they did when I called them up. I had to call up my bank to block the charges since apple didn't want to own up to anything. Also there is no need for another major paid OS update after only a year. Especially since mountain lion was the worst experience I ever had on my mac.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    iCloud huh 2

    I don't understand your reasoning at all. It seems as though you have no idea of iCloud capabilities or the new features. It is obvious you prefer Metro so please go use it.

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