OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain LionApple announced a developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Mac App Store link)in mid-February 2012, and it became available on July 25, 2012. As expected, it makes Macs even more iOS-like, continuing the trend begun with OS X 10.7 Lion in July 2011.

Features ported over from iOS include AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, Messages, Notes, Notification Center, Reminders, and Twitter integration. New features include Gatekeeper and Share Sheets. Gatekeeper can restrict Mountain Lion Macs to running only apps from the Mac App Store. Share Sheets is designed to make it easier for you to share links, photos, and videos by sending links in Safari, emailing or messaging from Notes, posting photos to Flikr and videos to Vimeo, and "tweeting just about anything."

As with Lion, Mountain Lion will only available by purchase and download from the Mac App Store, where it will probably retail for the same US$29.99.

Apple has really raised the bar on hardware requirments. Where Lion had only left Core Dou Macs behind - all of them introduced in 2006 - Mountain Lion is abandoning Core 2 Duo Macs that use Intel GMA 950 or GMA 3100 graphics. Some of those were introduced in Late 2006, but some were not discontinued until Mid 2009, which means they will be barely three years old when Mountain Lion is released.

Models supported by Lion but not Mountain Lion include:

Oldest supported Macs by release date:

Mountain Lion Links

Downloadable Updates

Standalone Updates let you update to a newer version of Mac OS X from your hard drive instead of using Software Update, which requires an Internet connection. Download the one(s) you need and install them after mounting the disk image and launching the Installer program.

There are two types of Standalone Updates: Individual (or Delta) and Combo.

Standalone Updates are generally available 24 to 48 hours after the Update is available through Software Update.

If you burn a Standalone Update to CD, its disk image must be copied to your desktop or another location on your Mac OS X startup disk in order to be installed.

This page will be updated as Standalone Updates become available.

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