Apple officially launched its newest Macintosh operating system dubbed, Mountain Lion, OSX 10.8 yesterday, Wednesday July 25, 2012. The new software narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones and iPads. Only computers running the most recent versions of Mac OS, Lion and Snow Leopard, can be upgraded. It will be sold only as a download from Apple’s official Web site with a price tag of $19.99. Macs bought on or after June 11 can be upgraded for free.
The new software will bring dictation to Macs, essentially allowing the computer to type as you talk. Using Dictation allows you to write notes, compose e-mails, and reply to chat conversations simply by speaking whatever it is you want to type. The benefits of using such an option on a mobile device are quite obvious—you can probably speak faster than you can press the tiny virtual keys of the gadget.
Mountain Lion’s additions of iOS apps like Game Center, iMessage and Reminders makes experiencing the Apple ecosystem seamless. But if you don’t own an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, those features may not be “must haves.”
Air Play mirroring is another feature that has gotten a lot of attention. Now Mac users can watch videos in 1080 p on their high definition televisions over Wi-Fi, using Apple TV or iTunes. Mac OSX Mountain Lion is available now at the Apple App Store. The size of the file is 4.05 GB.
I’m planning to buy the new iPad on Saturday with a Logictec keyboard case by Zagg. I’m not very good typing over a glass surface. I prefer the old traditional keyboard. Shortly after acquiring the gadget, I too will probably download the big cat from Apple. I also had plans to buy an iMac but its steep price is outside of my cash-strapped budget. Meanwhile I’ll use my ole HP and the recently acquired Sony Vaio laptop. Those babies will keep me busy for a while. Good Day and enjoy your Apple-a-day.