Apple will release today, Wednesday, July 25, its new OS for Mac computers. The Gold Master update of Mountain Lion 10.8 was already released for developers on July 10. The rest of the Mac users are today only one step closer to OS X Mountain Lion’s purchase from the Mac store.
The new OS X will be sold as a downloadable upgrade and users that bought a Mac after June 11 can upgrade for free. Mountain Lion 10.8 comes with new features that are specific to iOS, such as iMessage, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, and Game Center and with Facebook and Twitter integration. Also, a new iCloud, a Gatekeeper and an AirPlay mirroring feature will make Mountain Lion more safer and more interesting.
Get ready to make your Mac work like iPads and iPhones. Here’s what you should do to upgrade if you have a iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or Xserve.
- First, check if your Mac is compatible with the new OS; only the most recent versions of Lion and Snow Leopard can be upgraded. To find out, click the Apple icon at the left corner of the scree, choose About This App and then More Info.
- In case you don’t have a 10.7.X version of Lion, click the Apple icon again and select Software update.
- Click the Mac App Store and buy the upgrade for $19.99.
Also, check out the most important steps to follow before upgrading to Mountain Lion.
Before putting hands on the latest generation of OS X Mountain Lion one needs to take care of a few things.
- Check out System Requirements and Compatibility – the majority of new Macs run on Mac OS X 10.8 but for resting assured that your device copes with the new operating system one could check the list with the supported gadgets: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer), Xserve (Early 2009).
For checking all the details on your Mac you need to go to Apple menu, click “About this Mac” and afterwards on “More Info”. You can then check the name and date of your device for comparing it to the list above.
There are some Core 2 Duo Macs that can’t be updated and lose support. One needs at least 12GB of storage space for installing Mountain Lion but for best performing it’s recommended to have more space available.
- Check App Compatibility – Devices that run OS X Lion 10.7 can upgrade to the latest version quite easily but those that cope with Snow Leopard may be faced with issues like apps not working. If apps are not compatible with OS X 10.8 find alternatives in App Store.
- You never know when something goes wrong, so always make backup. Use Time Machine and go for a manual backup before installing the latest generation of operating system. For those that do not have the Time Machine set up a backup drive on an external hard drive.
For users that have bought a Mac recently Apple comes with good news, Mountain Lion being free to install. Others will have to pay $20 for getting their hands on the OS X 10.8 from App Store. The process takes between 30-45 minutes and does not require special knowledge in the domain for installing it.