One of the days that geeks, like myself, look forward to is the introduction of a new operating system. Whether it be for your mobile device or desktop computer a new OS always brings joy to the geek’s heart. Well today our heart is overflowing with joy as we anticipate the newest version of Apple’s OSX operating system. Announced earlier this year, Apple promised to bring us OSX 10.8, better known as Mountain Lion, to us by the end of July.
Just as time is running out, Apple announced on Tuesday that Mountain Lion will be available for download today in the Mac App Store for $19.99. This version of OSX will not look much different from what we are already used to seeing on our beloved Macs but it will have over 200 new features for us to explore. Integrating many of the features that are now found in iOS 5 and iOS 6 to be released this fall, OSX 10.8 promises to have a little something new for everyone. Some of the more interesting additions to the OS is:
- Auto Save and better iCloud integration
- Built-in Sharing
- Facebook and Twitter integration
- Updated Calendar, Contacts, and Mail
- Game Center
- Notification Center
One of the biggest changes to the operating system, however, is the manner of installation. No longer is the operating system available for purchase on a disk, instead you must install the latest version of Apple’s software through the Mac App Store. This may be a problem for those that don’t have access to a high-speed connection, but if this is the case, just head to a local Apple retail store and they will download it for you. Of course, if you live far enough in the sticks (like me) not to have a good internet connection, then an Apple store is probably not a 5 minute drive down the street either.
By pricing the upgrade at only $19.99, Apple is sure to have a surge of people downloading the software today. And the best part is that you should be able to install this same upgrade on all computers that share the same Apple ID in the App Store without having to purchase the upgrade for each machine. When you have as many Apple machines as we do in our house this makes upgrading a no-brainer. And to make the deal even sweeter, if you have purchased a new Mac computer on or after June 11, 2012 you should qualify for a FREE upgrade. You will need to go to the Up-To-Date Program page and fill out the information. Apple will then send you a couple of emails that contain instructions on how to get and redeem the code for your free upgrade.
Apple first released its OSX software 10.0 way back in 2001 and they have gone through a wide variety of cat names with upgrades coming along just about each year. As I get older, it is harder and harder for me to keep the cats separated in my mind. (Apple has assigned a codename to each of the versions based on wild cats. Much like Google has a liking of deserts for its Android OS code names, while Microsoft prefers cities.) The following list shows us the version number, codename, and release date of each new version.
- 10.0 - Cheetah - March 24, 2001
- 10.1 - Puma - September 25, 2001
- 10.2 - Jaguar - August 24, 2002
- 10.3 - Panther - October 24, 2003
- 10.4 - Tiger - April 29, 2005
- 10.5 - Leopard - October 26, 2007
- 10.6 - Snow Leopard - August 28, 2009
- 10.7 - Lion - July 20, 2011
- 10.8 - Mountain Lion - July 25, 2012
So if you currently own a Mac, make sure that you have all of the software up to date and open up the App Store, sometime today there will be a Mountain Lion there waiting for you.
Have you or are your going to upgrade your Mac today?
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