Mac fans are in for a serious treat today. Apple has released Mountain Lion, the next big update of Mac OS. Mountain Lion v10.8 comes with a ton of new features for compatible Mac desktops and notebooks. If you own a compatible Mac machine, you can download OS X Mountain Lion right now from the Mac App Store.
Yesterday at the earnings call Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Mountain Lion will be releasing for the public today. Apart from this revelation, he also gave out the latest numbers of Apple. Once again the company has posted record profits, it has sold over 400 million iOS devices to date. Tim Cook also revealed that the company has sold over 17 million iPads in the previous quarter alone. Apple is stronger than ever right now and it continues to roll out new and amazing products for its customers, either in the form of hardware and software.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion had previously been seeded to developers only after Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 where it was first unveiled. The public does not have access to developer betas so non developers had to patiently wait for Apple to roll this brand new software out for everyone. It was expected that Mountain Lion release will take place in late summer, because the previous Snow Leopard update come out around the exact same time last year.
Mountain Lion has over 200 new features, some of which have been borrowed over from the iPad. This new update also borrows heavily from the iOS platform. Apart from that many apps have been brought over from iOS and have been optimized for Mac machines. Mountain Lion has deep social integration as well as improvements for Safari and other native Mac applications. Users now finally have the ability to send and receive iMessages between Macs and iOS devices, a feature which will no doubt be very well received by those who keep in touch via iMessage. Notification Center also makes its way over to Mac OS X. Gatekeeper is also an added functionality which comes for the very first time on Macs.
You can download OS X Mountain Lion right now from the Mac App Store. This update will cost $19.99 only for those who have supported Mac computers. If you bought the latest Macbook Air or Macbook Pro models which came out last month then you will be entitled to a free Mountain Lion upgrade.