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Apple launches OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on Mac App Store for $19.99

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With more than 200 new features, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion launched on the Mac App Store on Wednesday as a $19.99 upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard.

Mountain Lion includes iCloud integration, the new Messages application, Notification Center, system-wide sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.

"People are going to love the new features in Mountain Lion and how easy it is to download and install from the Mac App Store," said Philip Schiller, Apple?s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With iCloud integration, Mountain Lion is even easier to set up, and your important information stays up to date across all your devices so you can keep editing documents, taking notes, creating reminders, and continue conversations whether you started on a Mac, iPhone or iPad."

Features of Mountain Lion, as highlighted by Apple on Wednesday, include:
  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices;
  • the all new Messages app, which replaces iChat and brings iMessage to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac;
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps;
  • system-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo;

Mountain Lion

  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center;
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you?re using an app from Apple or a third party developer;
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what?s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay; and
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they?re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Additional features in Mountain Lion include Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates apps and the system while a Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari browser. New features for China include improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easier setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, and built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou.

For an extensive look at the features and functionality found in Mountain Lion, see AppleInsider's in-depth Inside Mountain Lion series.

Mountain Lion


Pricing and Availability

OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, visit: apple.com/osx/specs. OS X Server requires Mountain Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012.
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And the app store appears to be down.  Any one else having authentication issues?

 
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Took multiple tries, but finally connected and started downloading...

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Yes. I am getting the error here on the East Coast.

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Same thing here. 

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Click on the banner at top of AppStore to get to the link. Mine is now downloading.

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Took like 5 tries but it finally took.

 
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If anybody has just installed from the App Store, is it build 12A269?  

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Error 404 when I tried to get my free copy. :(

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I have 40 more minutes to download the 4.34 GB file. I'll let you know then. 

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Please do post all impressions and reviews here. I'm filling out my tax return (in Aust. we need Windows. Bleh.) in Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion, when done I'll consider Mountain Lion.

MY QUESTION:
Does it have the touch of Steve???

I felt the MBP Retina didn't, hence I returned it and got a 27" ACD instead. Big screens are the only way to fly with OS X. Heh.
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This item is temporarily unavailable at the Belgium store

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BTW Windows 8 is a complete and utter piece of nonsense. I will delete it and if Aust. Tax for 2012-2013 requires eTax on Windows only I will just go to HR Block. Not worth dealing with Windows. In terms of my values, there is no more need nor use nor space for Windows. Goodbye, old, rotten friend.
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No issues starting the download - currently in progress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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I'll wait a few days....while you guys iron out the remaining bugs.  

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No issues starting the download - currently in progress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dude are you on Unifi?
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Dude are you on Unifi?

Yep, 5 Mbps plan.

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Downloading now.  Started a while ago -- haven't made much progress yet.  This is going to be a long process.

 

That's ok.  No hurry.

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Please do post all impressions and reviews here. I'm filling out my tax return (in Aust. we need Windows. Bleh.) in Windows 8 on VMWare Fusion, when done I'll consider Mountain Lion.
MY QUESTION:
Does it have the touch of Steve???
I felt the MBP Retina didn't, hence I returned it and got a 27" ACD instead. Big screens are the only way to fly with OS X. Heh.

 

VMWare Fusion 4 does not work properly with Mountain Lion, you need the VMWare Technical Preview 2012, which has no official release date. Check the VMWare forums.

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 :-(

Currently unavailable in switzerland.

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Getting a 100 error followed by 'item temporarily unavailable' here in the UK.

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VMWare Fusion 4 does not work properly with Mountain Lion, you need the VMWare Technical Preview 2012, which has no official release date. Check the VMWare forums.

Thanks for the info. In any case after I do my tax return tonight Windows is going bye bye. Hopefully forever.
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Yep, 5 Mbps plan.

Cool. All the best for Apple in Malaysia.
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downloading


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VMWare Fusion 4 does not work properly with Mountain Lion, you need the VMWare Technical Preview 2012, which has no official release date. Check the VMWare forums.

I run 4.1.3 and it runs fine.  Even the release notes for this version state that it has support for (at the time it was released) an unnamed future version of OS X.  What problems are you having?  I am able to run all vmware tools, install VMs with no problem.  It even ran fine under Mountain Lion developer preview 4.  However remember, it must be 4.1.3 or bust. 

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Thanks for the info. In any case after I do my tax return tonight Windows is going bye bye. Hopefully forever.

 

Yea, because in my experience it will crash the Lion Kernel. I need VMWare, as a web developer, I have to test on EVERY friggin version of Windows and IE, Including IE6 ( blech )

 

Here's hoping my PostgreSQL servers still work, they were a bear to get running under Lion as it was.

 

I also just ordered a 15' MBP Retina the other day ( decked out to the max ), ML should come pre-installed.

 

BTW, ML downloaded in 15 mins, and is installing now on my other 3 Mac's :-) *crosses fingers*

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Anybody else getting an error message saying that their upgrade code isn't recognized or valid?

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PowerNap is no supported on my mid 2010 MBP neither is Airplay mirrowing in my MBP or 2009 iMac.

I guess there is no need to rush and install it. I will have no probleam waiting until I make sure all my apps run fine. Specially Canon EOS software that is currently not supported.
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Getting a 100 error followed by 'item temporarily unavailable' here in the UK.

Same here in Australia

 

"There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later. (100)"

 

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As a veteran of installing all previous versions of OS X, allow me to say, "Hurry up and Public Beta Test this for me everyone so the kinks get worked out by the weekend when I get around to installing this."

 

Thanks!

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"There is an error in the App store.  Please try again later (100)" in the UK (£13.99)

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I'll wait and see what kind of problems ProTools, Sibelius, Creative Suite and Outlook exhibit before upgrading, thanks.

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Great. Too bad I can't download it (East Coast Canada). Tried at least a dozen times.

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Download craps out at around 50 MB every time (a few seconds into the download). Other apps download / update fine. Weird. They must have Mountain Lion on it's own servers... which are overloaded.


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As a veteran of installing all previous versions of OS X, allow me to say, "Hurry up and Public Beta Test this for me everyone so the kinks get worked out by the weekend when I get around to installing this."

 

Thanks!

 

As a veteran myself of installing every new release immediately since System 7.1.1 I'm happy to say that I have never once had any problems. But there's always a first for everything... starting with not even being able to download the damn thing.

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Woke up, come to my local community college to steal their 69mps broadband because 6 miles down the road i live in the boondocks and have satellite internet that peaks around 23KBPS!! because its so lame, I Downloaded the 4gb file in 6mins or maybe less, it just said 6 mins.

Now fixing to install. YAY!

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Crap my redeem code has already been used. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Error 100 in Paris France too. (15.99 €) How frustrating, my 100 Mb/s line would have been perfect...

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I run 4.1.3 and it runs fine.  Even the release notes for this version state that it has support for (at the time it was released) an unnamed future version of OS X.  What problems are you having?  I am able to run all vmware tools, install VMs with no problem.  It even ran fine under Mountain Lion developer preview 4.  However remember, it must be 4.1.3 or bust. 

Kernel Panic, possibly network bridge, but it was an earlier ML preview and just before 4.1.3 was released. There are still people with issues in the VMWare forums tho.

 

I'll wait to watch the forums till I have a definitive answer to go ahead.

 

Thanks for the reply.

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Well dammit!

I left my iMac switched on at home so I could VNC in to have the file download whilst at work.

 

I forgot to open the port on my router.

400

 

Still, only an hour left at work followed by a 10minute drive home; then I can get to downloading.

 

I had no problems with Lion and Snow Leopard on release - hopefully nothing will go wrong with Mountain Lion - I have way too much wallet raping software on here just to have it stop working. CS5.5, Logic and Office 2011 are my big concerns.

 

Can't wait to get the full screen on any monitor feature! Its the little things in life. :-)

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