It’s not going to be long until Apple releases their latest version of Mac OS X, named Mountain Lion. There are obviously several thing in this version of OS X which are new or which have changed, so we’ve compiled this list of everything you need to know about Mountain Lion, from supported systems, to new features, to prices.
When Will Mountain Lion Be Released?
Currently a release date hasn’t been announced. All that Apple has said is that it’ll be released in July, so it should be any time over the next couple of weeks. It is heavily rumored that the release date will be July 25.
What Will It Cost?
Mountain Lion has a price tag of US$19.99. It’ll be available for €15.99 in Europe, £13.99 in the UK and $20.99 in Australia. Other international prices aren’t available at present. Mountain Lion will be available to purchase and download from the Mac App Store.
What Are The System Requirements?
- 64-Bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better required
- Ability to boot into OS X 64-bit kernel
- Advanced GPU chipset required
- Internet connection required to download and install OS X 10.8
Will It Work On My Mac?
Supported devices are as follows:
- 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
What New Features Will There Be?
There are a host of new features in OS X Mountain Lion. Let’s just take a look at some of our favourites.
- System-wide dictation (requires an Internet connection to work)
- The search box and the address box in Safari have been combined into what is now called the “omnibar”.
- iChat is replaced with Messages which integrates with the iMessage service available on the iPhone and iPad. Send an iMessage from your iPhone to your friend and if they aren’t near their phone but they are on their Mac with Mountain Lion, the message you send will appear on their screen – awesome!
- There is a new Reminders program which is separate from the Calendar app. Similar to the Reminders program on iOS.
- Notes is a new app to store notes (obviously) – ability to store notes in Mail has been removed.
- Twitter integration.
- Facebook integration (not included at launch, but will be available via an update later this year).
- Notification Center – This is similar to the one in iOS 5, but here notifications show up in the corner of the screen. Instead of pulling the bar down, in Mountain Lion you pull the bar across from the right hand side of your screen.
- Gatekeeper – designed to keep your Mac safe from malicious apps by using digital signatures and the Mac App Store.
- New Preview app with updated UI.
- GameCentre has been introduced and is very similar to GameCentre in iOS.
What Else Has Changed?
- iCal is now called Calendars.
- iChat has been replaced with Messages and FaceTime.
- Software updates are now checked for, and downloaded, from the Mac App Store.
- RSS support in both Safari and Mail has been removed.
What Applications Are Included?
Mountain Lion comes with many apps, including: Automator, Calculator, Calendar, Chess, Contacts, Dashboard, Dictionary, DVD Player, FaceTime, Font Book, Image Capture, iTunes, Launchpad, Mac App Store, Mail, Messages, Mission Control, Notes, Photo Booth, Preview, QuickTime Player, Reminders, Safari, Stickies, System Preferences, TextEdit and Time Machine.
What Utilities Are Included?
Activity Monitor, AirPort Utility, AppleScript Editor, Audio MIDI Setup, Bluetooth File Exchange, Boot Camp Assistant, ColorSync Utility, Console, DigitalColor Meter, Disk Utility, Grab, Grapher, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, Network Utility, Podcast Capture, Podcast Publisher, RAID Utility, System Information, Terminal and VoiceOver Utility.
What Languages Are Supported?
English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Polish, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai and Ukrainian.