The ninth release in Apple’s Mac OS X line is here. It is Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, named after another big cat. Existing Mac users can upgrade their computer to Mountain Lion for about $20 only. All you will have to do is download the rather large setup upgrade installation file and run it.
Additionally, your computer needs to be supported by the new OS. Supported machines include:
- iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Now if you have all the things required to update – the money and a compatible machine – the only question remains, should you go through with the update? The answer is a simple “YES!”
Check out these list of new features packed in Mountain Lion and see if they can convince you to switch to the OS.
1. Mac Messages
Now iMessages can be used on your Mac computer as well. Therefore iPhone users can communicate with their Mac friends for free.
2. Built-in social media support
Mountain Lion now offers built-in support for Twitter and Facebook; this makes updating your status and sharing new things on the networks very easy.
With this feature you can dictate text to any third party application.
4. Power Nap
Most Mac users do not let their computers sleep since it disrupts downloads, updates, and other processes. Power Nap lets your computer semi-sleep, in the sense that it still downloads updates, fetches emails, and automatically synchronizes.
5. AirPlay Mirroring
This useful feature lets you wireless connect your Mac display with your second generation Apple TV. This feature is limited to iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer).
Reminders have now been added to Mac OS, just like they were added to iOS.
All these features are clearly worth the $20 you are going to pay for the upgrade. As mentioned earlier, the answer to “Whether or not you should upgrade to Mountain Lion” is “YES!”