Apple announced yesterday that the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, is available for download from the Mac App Store.
At a cost of $19.99, Mac users can upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard, enjoying the benefit of over 200 new features, the Cupertino-based tech giant said. According to Apple Worldwide Marketing senior vice-president Philip Schiller, Mountain Lion will win the hearts of Mac owners with its innovations and they will love the ease of download and installation. The presence of iCloud integration makes the set-up even easier and means that users can have their important information kept up to date on all of their devices. They can continue editing their documents, taking notes or picking up conversations regardless of whether a particular activity was initiated on a Mac PC, an iPhone or an iPad, Schiller stated.
In addition to iCloud integration, OS X Mountain Lion also comes equipped with the brand new Messages app. It introduces iMessage to Apple's desktop computers, replacing iChat and making it possible to send messages to any Apple device. Among the plethora of new features, some of them also iOS-inspired, are Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.
Apple also made special mention of a couple of additional features, describing as "revolutionary" the new Gatekeeper. This is a security feature and, as its moniker suggests, it is intended to make downloading safer. Power Nap is a feature that allows automatic updating of the system and applications while the computer is in sleep mode. OS X Mountain Lion also comes with an upgraded version of the Safari browser.
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