It has been around four days since Apple released the latest version of OS X, Mountain Lion, on the Mac App Store for $19.99. Today, Apple announced that OS X Mountain Lion has been downloaded more than three million times in just four days, making it unarguably the most popular and successful OS X release in the OS history.
“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Starting with OS X Lion, Apple started releasing OS X releases on the Mac App Store. While the Lion launch was plagued with users complaining about slow download speeds and server capping out, things have been significantly better with Mountain Lion. While users did report of slow download speeds, they were quite a minor percentage as compared to earlier. Also, the slow download issue only last for a couple of hours at maximum, unlike last time where some users had to wait for 2-3 days to download the OS at reasonable speed.
As reported earlier, Apple has finally released the latest version of OS X, Mountain Lion for $19.99, on the Mac App Store. The latest version of OS X comes with more than 200 new features, and is the ninth major release of OS X.
Below are some of the most highlighted features of OS X Mountain Lion -:
- 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;
- 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.
The 10.8 version of Mountain Lion does not include Facebook integration though. A future software update from Apple will bring this feature.
If you own a Mac, I will highly recommend you to wait for at least 24-36 hours before you go ahead and start your OS X Mountain Lion download. Apple servers’ must be under intense load right now, and chances are you will get insanely slow download speed.
Apple just released the OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview (Download Mountain Lion) for users. The Mac OS in itself is big news, however, one of the interesting thing about the OS is the Galaxy wallpaper used on the preview desktop.
Several users have liked the new desktop Wallpaper used on Mountain Lion OS X and have been raving about it. However, not everyone can download OS X Mountain Lion yet, but you can at-least get hold of the wallpaper used on it.
Interested? You can download the OS X Mountain Lion by clicking on this link.
Apple just released the newest version of their Mac OS X called Mountain Lion. The new version of Mac OS X contains several new features including several new features which already exist in iOS 5.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 also integrates with Apple’s iCloud allowing you to backup your data in the cloud. The OS is definitely exciting and includes new features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter Integration and more.
If you are excited about this, you should go ahead and download OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 from the links provided below. Please note that users will require “Mac Developer Program access” in order to download the developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion.
OS X Mountain Lion is a developer preview and might be unstable. Regular users should stay away from the developer preview as it might cause system crashes and data loss. General public will be able to download or upgrade their Macs to the Mountain Lion later this summer.