Friday, February 17, 2012

Mac OS X 10.8: Mountain Lion

Apple has a habbit of surprising it's customers and they have done it again with the preview release of Mac OS X 10.8: Mountain Lion. While most of the audience are talking about the future release of iPad 3 and iPhone 5, Apple yesterday announced their newest product in line that will be available on Summer 2012.

Mountain Lion was inspired by iPad and iOS development that has been considered mature and worked. Most people love iOS and so do Apple. They wanted a unification, both in iDevices and all future Apple products, so they bring some of the features available on iOS to Mac OS X 10.8.

These are some of the highlights found in Mountain Lion
  • iCloud
  • Messages (iMessages in iOS)
  • Reminders
  • Notes
  • Notification Centers
  • Share Sheets
  • Twitter integration across the system
  • Game Center
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Gatekeeper
  • Chinese services support in Safari
As usual, Apple required a spesific requirement for those who wanted to upgrade to 10.8 and here are the minimum requirements (taken from FreakGeeks based on the Developer Preview 1):
The minor internal requirement is that the system boots through 64 bit kernel and the rest are
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Of 64 Bit Or Higher
  • Advanced GPU Chipset
The Mac’s which will run OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • MacBook Pro – 13? from mid 2009 or later, 15? from late 2007 and newer, 17? from late 2007 and newer
  • MacBook Air – late 2008 and newer
  • iMac – models from mid 2007 and newer
  • MacBook – 13? aluminum from 2008, 13? from 2009 and newer
  • Mac Mini – early 2009 and newer
  • Mac Pro – early 2008 models and newer
  • XServe – early 2009 models and newer
And the Mac’s which won’t run OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Intel GMA 950 or x3100 integrated graphics card
  • ATI Radeon X1600
  • MacBook models released before 2008
  • Mac Mini released before 2007
  • iMac models released before 2007
  • First Generation MacBook Air