OS X Mountain Lion coming in July; $19.99

During its WWDC keynote address today (via Engadget) Apple announced that the next major update for its Mac OS X operating system, code name Mountain Lion, would be released sometime in July. The price for downloading the update on older Mac PCs will be just $19.99, which is $10 less than the price for the last OS X update, Lion.

Apple said the $19.99 update can be installed on all of your Macs (buy once, install multiple times) back to those running on the Snow Leopard. In addition, anyone who purchases a new Mac starting today will be able to get the Mountain Lion update for free. That includes the newly revealed MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks.

Apple went over a number of the new features that uses can expect when Mountain Lion is released and includes support for iCloud and a new feature called Power Nap, which updates your email, notifications and photos while running in the background. It will also have new voice dictation features that will allow users to access a number of  applications, including Microsoft Word, using their voice.

Apple also said today that it has sold 26 million copies of the OS X Lion update. In addition, there are now 66 million Mac users worldwide, which Apple says is triple what the number was just five years ago.

Source: Engadget

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After watching the keynote, it looks like all of this could be done in an Apple update. So I think $19 is even a rip off.

When Apple comes out with a nice, slick, easy way to run Windows applications on Macs, without the current "ugliness," Windows-8 will definitely be relegated to just smartphones and tablets--where it belongs.

'Apple said the $19.99 update can be installed on all of your Macs'
Yeah right, so where's the hardward (in)compatibility list?

n_K said,
'Apple said the $19.99 update can be installed on all of your Macs'
Yeah right, so where's the hardward (in)compatibility list?

It won't install on a Mac Pro $4000 workstation from 2007, but I guarantee you a $4000 PC from 2007 will run Windows 8 like a champ.

Enron said,

It won't install on a Mac Pro $4000 workstation from 2007, but I guarantee you a $4000 PC from 2007 will run Windows 8 like a champ.

So dual boot with 8. Problem solved?

strange they cut the price on it.. I guess windows 8 has them wanting to prove a point because its been at 30 dollars for years has it not? Hopefully windows 8 comes out starting at around $99

Lachlan said,
strange they cut the price on it.. I guess windows 8 has them wanting to prove a point because its been at 30 dollars for years has it not? Hopefully windows 8 comes out starting at around $99

Remember, they can undercut the price of their software since they are a hardware company. Microsoft is not in a position to do so. Apple is making money in several businesses too. Another thing, the company plans to at least have a new release every year going forward, which means the support lifecycle will be much shorter starting with Lion. So if you want improved features and security updates, you will need to move to the latest version. Windows 8 will be supported for 5 to 10 years.

Mr. Dee said,

Remember, they can undercut the price of their software since they are a hardware company. Microsoft is not in a position to do so. Apple is making money in several businesses too. Another thing, the company plans to at least have a new release every year going forward, which means the support lifecycle will be much shorter starting with Lion. So if you want improved features and security updates, you will need to move to the latest version. Windows 8 will be supported for 5 to 10 years.

oh i know that for sure.. but some people are way to blunt to realize that and when they are out shopping to upgrade to windows 8 they will see how "afforable" the mac os is..

On a side note.. I just noticed they are 66 million macbook users... There are more people using Blackberries still which is around 77 million.. pretty weak numbers of overall users if you ask me.. I guess they upgrade their laptops more often .

Mr. Dee said,

Remember, they can undercut the price of their software since they are a hardware company. Microsoft is not in a position to do so. Apple is making money in several businesses too. Another thing, the company plans to at least have a new release every year going forward, which means the support lifecycle will be much shorter starting with Lion. So if you want improved features and security updates, you will need to move to the latest version. Windows 8 will be supported for 5 to 10 years.

Why do I care that Windows 8 is supported in 10 years? I'm not an enterprise, I'm an end user. I'm going to upgrade quite soon after a new OS is released (for Mountain Lion, likely a day or two after release). As soon as the new OS is out, I don't have a use for the old one.

Quite honestly the same is said for Windows - I don't own any computers running Windows Vista, let alone Windows XP (or older); I don't care that support for those two operating systems is going to end soon.

I can see the point of view of an enterprise being a bit different, but end users are not enterprises - end users don't care/need 10 years of support on something they don't notice (the operating system). It's likely the computer the operating system is installed on will be upgraded every 3-5 years anyway.

Lachlan said,

On a side note.. I just noticed they are 66 million macbook users...

My reading of this is that there are 66 million Mac users total, not just Mac Book users. On stage, Timmy showed some misleading graph showing how Lion is beating Windows 7 in percentage of users upgrading, but ignored the fact that 600 million Win7 licenses have been sold, but only 26 million Lion licenses.

kagaku said,

Why do I care that Windows 8 is supported in 10 years? I'm not an enterprise, I'm an end user. I'm going to upgrade quite soon after a new OS is released (for Mountain Lion, likely a day or two after release). As soon as the new OS is out, I don't have a use for the old one.

Quite honestly the same is said for Windows - I don't own any computers running Windows Vista, let alone Windows XP (or older); I don't care that support for those two operating systems is going to end soon.

I can see the point of view of an enterprise being a bit different, but end users are not enterprises - end users don't care/need 10 years of support on something they don't notice (the operating system). It's likely the computer the operating system is installed on will be upgraded every 3-5 years anyway.

My girlfriends mom is 59 years old and has had her Mac for around 10 years.. The problem is the hardware cannot be upgraded to the latest OS and the OS is no longer supported.. so she is forced to throw out her computer that was like 2 grand? I can upgrade my 10 year old computer to windows 8 and there you go..

kagaku said,

Why do I care that Windows 8 is supported in 10 years? I'm not an enterprise, I'm an end user. I'm going to upgrade quite soon after a new OS is released (for Mountain Lion, likely a day or two after release). As soon as the new OS is out, I don't have a use for the old one.

Quite honestly the same is said for Windows - I don't own any computers running Windows Vista, let alone Windows XP (or older); I don't care that support for those two operating systems is going to end soon.

I can see the point of view of an enterprise being a bit different, but end users are not enterprises - end users don't care/need 10 years of support on something they don't notice (the operating system). It's likely the computer the operating system is installed on will be upgraded every 3-5 years anyway.

Home edition of windows are only supported for 5 year (new Windows come out every 3-4 years)

Lachlan said,

My girlfriends mom is 59 years old and has had her Mac for around 10 years.. The problem is the hardware cannot be upgraded to the latest OS and the OS is no longer supported.. so she is forced to throw out her computer that was like 2 grand? I can upgrade my 10 year old computer to windows 8 and there you go..

And I'm sure that Pentium 4 with 384mb of RAM with a GeForce 4 MX 64mb and 60gb HDD runs Windows 8 great! (typical mid-grade computer of 2002)

Mr. Dee said,

Remember, they can undercut the price of their software since they are a hardware company. Microsoft is not in a position to do so. Apple is making money in several businesses too. Another thing, the company plans to at least have a new release every year going forward, which means the support lifecycle will be much shorter starting with Lion. So if you want improved features and security updates, you will need to move to the latest version. Windows 8 will be supported for 5 to 10 years.

New versions of Windows are released about every 3 years. If you upgrade to each version of OSX, which is released once per year, the cost of a Windows upgrade over 3 years is about the same as a OSX upgrade over 3 years. Is the $20-$30 savings in OS upgrades worth the 100s of dollars more you spend on Apple hardware?

Ci7 said,

Home edition of windows are only supported for 5 year (new Windows come out every 3-4 years)

Nope, there is no difference between versions of Windows, XP's extended support phase will end april 2014, Vista in 2017 and Windows 7 in 2020, which on average is 10 years from RTM to end of extended support. This is true for all editions. There is no difference whatsoever in terms of support, which makes sense, as it is all the same code.

Lachlan said,

My girlfriends mom is 59 years old and has had her Mac for around 10 years.. The problem is the hardware cannot be upgraded to the latest OS and the OS is no longer supported.. so she is forced to throw out her computer that was like 2 grand? I can upgrade my 10 year old computer to windows 8 and there you go..

Actually, no you can't. A 10 year old computer won't have a CPU with support for NX so it will not be able to run Windows 8. It could probably have run the Consumer Preview, but it won't run the Release Preview because of this.

sjaak327 said,

Nope, there is no difference between versions of Windows, XP's extended support phase will end april 2014, Vista in 2017 and Windows 7 in 2020, which on average is 10 years from RTM to end of extended support. This is true for all editions. There is no difference whatsoever in terms of support, which makes sense, as it is all the same code.

they changed the policy in Feb 12
i must missed the news