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Mac App Store to Carry Mountain Lion in July for $20

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News Posted: Mon, Jun 11 2012 3:07 PM
The next version of Apple's Mac OS X operating system is going to hit the streets well before Microsoft's Windows 8 OS. In fact, it's just around the corner. It's called Mountain Lion, the ninth major version of Mac OS X (Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion are the other eight), and it will be available in July from the Mac App Store for a measly $20.

Mountain Lion, which Apple touts as "Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac.," introduces over 200 new features, including a new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Game Center, and a whole bunch more. Apple's iCloud will also play an integral role in Mountain Lion, making it easier to setup Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, and Notes.


"The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet."

As with any new OS, security ends up being a point of emphasis, and with malware writers finally starting to take notice of the growing legion of Mac (and iOS) users, Apple made sure to properly introduce enhanced security with Gatekeeper.


"Gatekeeper helps protect you from downloading and installing malicious software on your Mac, no matter where your apps come from. And it gives you even more control over which apps you install," Apple explains. "You can download and install apps from anywhere on the web, just as you always could. You can choose to download and install apps from the Mac App Store — the safest place to find apps for your Mac. Or use the Gatekeeper default option, which allows you to install apps from the Mac App Store and apps from identified developers. It’s a new way OS X keeps your Mac safe."

Get the full scoop on Gatekeeper here and a rundown of all the new features in Mountain Lion here.
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CDeeter replied on Mon, Jun 11 2012 5:13 PM

After reading the Gatekeeper info that you linked to, I have to say I'm pleased that Apple appears to be taking security more seriously now.

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realneil replied on Mon, Jun 11 2012 8:51 PM

Wilted Flower$20.00Wilted Flower

You ~HEAR~ that Microsoft?

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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JDiaz replied on Mon, Jun 11 2012 9:29 PM

Mind that Apple is going to be pushing for people to upgrade every single year instead of the previous two year cycle between new OSX version releases. So it's $40 every two years instead of $30... still better than MS but Windows has a longer product cycle and they don't charge for Service Release Pack level updates, which some (not all) OSX updates are equivalent to.

Also consider Apple makes the bulk of its profits from their mobile device offerings. So they can afford to make OSX more affordable. While MS is making more profits from Android devices than it's making off its own Windows Phone OS products.

By some estimates MS is actually raking in only a third of the combined OSX/iOS profits Apple gets...

http://www.asymco.com/2011/05/03/ios-os-x-3-5-windows/

So you could say that's one reason why MS is prioritizing tablet use for Windows 8...

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Just a reminder, realneil, that OSX can only be legitimately installed on a minority of hardware -- namely, Apple machines. Anything else requires effort and an Intel processor.

The fact that Windows can be installed on anything is an advantage I definitely think Microsoft should push, though. A sub-$100 release (maybe $50?) could put them on nearly every non-Apple machine in existence, and even many Apple machines. Because, you know, Windows can be freely installed on Apple hardware.

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