OS X Mountain Lion to be released today - available now

Apple’s next major desktop operating system update called ‘Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)' will be made available via the Mac App Store today for $20.

Mountain Lion focuses on incorporating features from iOS to the Mac; some of these include the Notification Center, expanded iCloud support, Reminders, and much more, but if you want to read about exactly what has been incorporated into Mountain Lion, Apple had previously posted a 200+ feature list – so it’s worth a read if you’re planning on updating today.

To be able to install the update you will need to be running either Mac OS X Lion or the most recent version of Snow Leopard (10.6.8). 

Update: OS X Mountain Lion is now in the App store, go get it! You can also check if you're eligible for a free upgrade here.

You can also join in or read the Mountain Lion discussion in our forums, or any other Mac related topics here.

Source: Apple

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protocol7 said,
It's sad that I knew this was probably going to happen, but Lion seems to be gone from the App Store. So if you're one of the many who can't run Mountain Lion and you haven't bought Lion yet, now you can only get Lion by buying the USB stick. And presumably while stocks last.

If you can't buy Lion, and you're still on Snow Leopard, you're better off.

You had a year time to make up your mind, purchase and download it. And the only option being the USB stick is just nonsense. Everyone who purchased OS X Lion can log into the App Store and download the file with up to five Macs. You figure the rest out.

I made up my mind and I avoided it (and will continue to do so) because all reports suggest it'll run like crap on my MacBook.

But Lion is a requirement for iCloud and there are plenty of Macs in use that can't run Mountain Lion (or higher). Anyone who hasn't purchased it yet can no longer do so from the App Store. It's gone. So if they want it from today they have to buy the USB stick. No nonsense there.

Apple threw their users a rope this time around because Lion is available on USB. Mountain Lion isn't. So when the next round of Macs are cut-off with 10.9 they had better be running 10.8 before it hits the store.

Edited by protocol7, Jul 25 2012, 5:02pm :

protocol7 said,
So if they want it from today they have to buy the USB stick. No nonsense there.

There are plenty alternative methods of obtaining it. Simple as that.

.Neo said,

There are plenty alternative methods of obtaining it. Simple as that.

Well I only know the App Store and Apple Store. So please list the others.

And as it turns out, the Lion USB is no longer available on the US Apple Store so the rope was a short-lived one.

What about improvements in graphics ? OS X is **** when it comes to games (on the same hardware, same game, I get 30 - 50 fps on OSX but 70 - 100 Windows 8).

Idryss said,
What about improvements in graphics ? OS X is **** when it comes to games (on the same hardware, same game, I get 30 - 50 fps on OSX but 70 - 100 Windows 8).

For how snappy the desktop UI feels it is really really disappointing to see such a difference between the frame rate of a game in Windows vs OS X . They don't seem to be that concerned when it comes to sorting that out.

Idryss said,
What about improvements in graphics ? OS X is **** when it comes to games (on the same hardware, same game, I get 30 - 50 fps on OSX but 70 - 100 Windows 8).

Unless Apple rebuilds the kernel, driver, and other layers from the ground up, it will NEVER be as fast as Windows NT.

There are a lot of serious technical issues with the way OS X is designed, and stuff that a lot of outside engineers like myself warned Apple about and even petitioned them to reconsider. Instead they went with the quick and easy route, and even damaged performance to make things work in various early OS X releases.

OS X needs to become OS XI and built from the ground up using something that is NOT MACH and NOT BSD and NOT Apples horrible mangling of the kernel API into their frameworks.

thenetavenger said,

Unless Apple rebuilds the kernel, driver, and other layers from the ground up, it will NEVER be as fast as Windows NT.

There are a lot of serious technical issues with the way OS X is designed, and stuff that a lot of outside engineers like myself warned Apple about and even petitioned them to reconsider. Instead they went with the quick and easy route, and even damaged performance to make things work in various early OS X releases.

OS X needs to become OS XI and built from the ground up using something that is NOT MACH and NOT BSD and NOT Apples horrible mangling of the kernel API into their frameworks.

This ^^.

And calling OS X "the world's most advanced operating system" was a lie from the beginning. It is purely a marketing ploy and very far from being a truthful statement. Like thenetavanger says here, I HOPE they rebuild OS XI from the ground up and at least get a little closer to their false claim.

thenetavenger said,

Unless Apple rebuilds the kernel, driver, and other layers from the ground up, it will NEVER be as fast as Windows NT.

There are a lot of serious technical issues with the way OS X is designed, and stuff that a lot of outside engineers like myself warned Apple about and even petitioned them to reconsider. Instead they went with the quick and easy route, and even damaged performance to make things work in various early OS X releases.

OS X needs to become OS XI and built from the ground up using something that is NOT MACH and NOT BSD and NOT Apples horrible mangling of the kernel API into their frameworks.

Wow ... not one bit of info to back up your claims.

Go on. List me .... 20 serious issues with OSX that engineers warned Apple about. And detail what and why.

Spirit Dave said,
Wow ... not one bit of info to back up your claims.

Go on. List me .... 20 serious issues with OSX that engineers warned Apple about. And detail what and why.

thenetavenger is a one post wonder - makes a post then runs away because god forbid him actually engage in a conversation where he is exposed as little more than a 'copy and paster'. I've already shown him up to be incorrect and not a single thing I said he has refuted so there is no use expecting him to come back and address the challenge you've laid out. IMHO there should be a rule on this forum - if you make a claim then you either must back it up within 24 hours or be permanently banned from the forum.

I started downloading off the App Store this morning before I went to work. I'm tempted to login remotely and try to install but maybe I should just wait until I get home.... hmm...

Have to love their 200+ features, always a lot of laughs... (It is almost a bit sad, because they are totally serious.)

Stuff like: Keyboard shortcut for Save As
Is freaking hysterical, not only it being a 'lacking' feature, but that it makes the OS level list of new features to round out the 200.

Most of the things on the list are not important enough that they would even make the Windows version change lists for a small update, let alone a full version update. If Microsoft counted out the features at this level of detail, just Vista to Windows 7 would be about 10,000 items.

thenetavenger said,
Have to love their 200+ features, always a lot of laughs... (It is almost a bit sad, because they are totally serious.)

Stuff like: Keyboard shortcut for Save As
Is freaking hysterical, not only it being a 'lacking' feature, but that it makes the OS level list of new features to round out the 200.

Most of the things on the list are not important enough that they would even make the Windows version change lists for a small update, let alone a full version update. If Microsoft counted out the features at this level of detail, just Vista to Windows 7 would be about 10,000 items.

Another true statement. ML is nothing more than a service pack with a few performance tweaks under the hood. 95% of the things listed as "200+ new features" are common items in the computing world. Well, common to every other OS except OS X until now. Charging $20 for it is criminal!

MacD@ddy said,

Another true statement. ML is nothing more than a service pack with a few performance tweaks under the hood. 95% of the things listed as "200+ new features" are common items in the computing world. Well, common to every other OS except OS X until now. Charging $20 for it is criminal!

Windows 7 is to Vista what ML is to Lion. Yet MS charged a lot more than £13.99. ML is not a service pack. It's got a bunch of genuine new features. Service packs don't add entire feature sets... they're bug fixes and security updates that were pushed out over the last couple of years rolled into one download.

Very big difference. Morons like you will never understand this because you don't want to.

So, any chance of getting this apart from the App Store (legally)?
I'd prefer it on some form of physical media without having to go through App Store, like they did with the USB stick in 10.7

Raa said,
So, any chance of getting this apart from the App Store (legally)?
I'd prefer it on some form of physical media without having to go through App Store, like they did with the USB stick in 10.7

Download on the App store, then put it on a USB stick like most people. It allows for clean installs and is VERY easy to do. It's virtually set up for you to do it. And if not, there's always Lion Disk Maker, a free app that will find the ML installer, and make a USB stick installer for you. That's free. So yeah ... go buy it, then run that with a USB stick and make one and put it away. I did a fresh install and it's running beautifully and on my SSD it only took a few mins to install

Not sure if I should install it on my MacBook Air with 2GB

Ho3 much faster is ML over Lion and is it better at memory management than Lion?

threetonesun said,
If you're running Lion, sure, go to ML. It's going to be better than Lion.

I know it's better but will it slow down my MBA?

SunYam said,
With the Game Center what all games can be played on Mountain Lion? Can you play all the iOS game apps or what?

No. But certain games will be able to play against the iOS version too. So if you're playing a game on ML, and your friend is on iOS, you can play with / against them on certain games. But for that info you'll have to do some research because I'm not a gamer and haven't looked at the list of games supporting it. I wont even load Game Center. Ever. lol.

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