Apple releases "Mountain Lion" Mac software

SAN FRANCISCO Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:14pm EDT

People wait on a street in front of an Apple store as they await sales of the new iPad in the Apple store in Munich in this March 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

People wait on a street in front of an Apple store as they await sales of the new iPad in the Apple store in Munich in this March 16, 2012 file photo.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc released the latest version of the operating software for its MacIntosh computers on Wednesday, touting new features such as better integration with the "iCloud" Internet storage service and gaming.

The "Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion" was released a day after Apple reported disappointing results that hammered its shares.

Mountain Lion, first unveiled in June during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, is available as an upgrade from the previous two operating systems -- Lion and Snow Leopard -- for $19.99. Macs purchased on or after June 11 will receive a free upgrade, the company said.

The update includes more than 200 new features, including integration with iCloud, desktop versions of Messages and Game Center, a new Notification Center, according to a press release.

A future update for the new operating system will bring Facebook directly onto the Mac, the company said.

(Reporting By Mauro Whiteman; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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Comments (5)
mulholland wrote:
But it slows down your computer.

Jul 25, 2012 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WAKAMA wrote:
While searching for some information about the “OS X Mountain Lion is not compatible with this computer” error message I was getting when trying to purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store, I came across this Apple Support Community forum post:

I posted my thoughts about this on that forum, but Apple quickly removed it (literally within a few minutes), because it contained “Discussion of Apple Policies, Procedures or Decisions”. So here’s a copy of that post with my thoughts on this…

Seriously Apple??!! You’ve GOT TO BE KIDDING!! If you’re looking to loose clientele fast, this is a GREAT WAY to do it!

I completely agree that you need to have minimum requirements such as OS X v10.6.8 or later, 2GB of memory, 8GB of available space in order to upgrade to the latest OS. That’s perfectly reasonable. BUT… telling us that we need to have a Mac from a more recent year, even if our current one far exceeds those other minimum hardware/software requirements… THAT’S ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS APPLE!!! That’s just a way to try to milk your past customers for new cash and its UNACCEPTABLE! Take for example the system that MHaddon mentions in his post above, which has:

2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 16 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeo HD 5770 1024 MB
Software: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4

Are you SERIOUSLY expecting folks to spend another $4,000 on a new system with similar specs simply because they bought theirs prior to 2008 or whatever date is it???!!! I DON’T THINK SO! THIS IS ABSURD APPLE! Seriously, GET A GRIP!

Jul 25, 2012 5:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WallaBingBang wrote:
I bet it sucks to be a CPU advisor right now!

Jul 25, 2012 5:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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