OS X Mountain Lion - Apple

If you are downloading Mountain Lion, having problems downloading Mountain Lion, or just waiting to see what everyone who's already downloaded Mountain Lion has to say about Apple's new OS. We’ve gathered all our Mountain Lion related material together here, so you can research away.

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion now available on App Store - and when it went live, broadband operators saw huge spike in traffic, with Mountain Lion upgrades taking from 13 to 57 minutes, according to an Apple reseller

It's not surprising that there was such a traffic spike. Apple has announced that Mountain Lion was downloaded more than 3 million times in the first few days. The popularity allowed Mountain Lion to grab 3% share of OS X in first 48 hours. A poll on our website found that More than 50% of Mac users have upgraded to Mountain Lion within the first few days. 

Not everyone is happy: Angry Mac owners raise Twitter ruckus over missing Mountain Lion upgrade codes. New Mac owners took their frustration with Apple onto Twitter, claiming that they have not received redemption codes for the free copy of OS X Mountain Lion.(Those with a new Mac may be pleased to hear Apple has releases Power Nap firmware updates for new MacBooks.)

But what about Snow Leopard? Mac users left wondering if OS X Snow Leopard's retired

Having Mountain Lion problems?

General consensus appears to be that OS X Mountain Lion is a generally stable update with a minimum of significant problems, especially for a 10.x.0 release. Still, things can and do occasionally go wrong. We help with some Mountain Lion issues here: Macworld Feature: Troubleshooting Mountain Lion

Are you experiencing any issues with battery life since you updated? Mac laptop owners report shortened battery life after Mountain Lion upgrade an Apple is said to be investigating reports of shorter battery life on Mac laptops that customers have upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, according to the company's support forum: Apple investigating Mountain Lion battery drain concerns

Opinion: Mountain Lion's Save As isn't what it once was

Here's our advice on downloading Mountain Lion, and we answer the question: Should you perform a clean install of Mountain Lion? (Keep in mind that you can't get Lion back - Apple has pulled Lion from the Mac App Store

Read our review: Click to read our Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Review

We have lots of information about different elements of Mountain Lion: 

Up close with Mountain Lion: Power Nap - can you take advantage of this new feature. 

Up close with Mountain Lion: iCloud and iWork documents float into iCloud with update - Find out about the online service's ability to seamlessly sync your contacts, calendars, reminders, notes, images, documents, and other data, along with a free mail account, remote access to other iCloud-enabled computers, and a locator for lost portable devices. 

Up close with Mountain Lion: AirPlay Mirroring - You can now send your Macs screen to any second- or third-generation Apple TV on the same local network and mirror it on any connected TV, how cool is that! 

Up close with Mountain Lion: Contacts and Calendars - in Mountain Lion: Address Book becomes Contacts and iCal becomes Calendars. But the changes in both are deeper than altered names

Up close with Mountain Lion: Notes - Mountain Lion’s new Notes application is not an update to Stickies, but rather a Mac-based version of the Notes app found on iOS devices

Up close with Mountain Lion: Dictation - Though it falls short of full Siri integration, Mountain Lion's system-wide Dictation tool does bring iOS's transcription functionality to the Mac. Dictation is not without its share of security concerns though: Mountain Lion's Dictation feature causes privacy concerns

Up close with Mountain Lion: Sharing - Something that OS X has borrowed from iOS, the idea of systemwide sharing

Up close with Mountain Lion: Notifications - iOS users will immediately recognize Mountain Lion's new notification system

Up close with Mountain Lion: Security - Though Apple has long prided itself on the Mac's safety record, recent events such as the Flashback Trojan horse have proven that the company can't take the security of its operating systems for granted. And the security upgrades in Mountain Lion make it clear that Apple isn't. 

Up close with Mountain Lion: Reminders - Apple continues its process of porting over the best features from iOS to the Mac. 

Up close with Mountain Lion: Messages - Messages is not just a reskinning of iChat. Sure, the interface looks different. But in addition to its updated interface, Messages introduces a big change to the way instant messaging works on the Mac.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Safari and Safari 6 for Lion adds unified search bar, more - the company has found some clever—and welcome—ways to update the app many of us use more than any other. Windows users of Safari aren't as lucky: there is no Safari 6 for Windows users as Apple shelves PC version.

Also, did you know Mountain Lion's Dictation turns off MacBook's fan in order to hear better?

Wondering how Mountain Lion compares to Windows 8? Read: 5 Things OS X Mountain Lion Can Teach Windows 8

Still wondering how much Mountain Lion costs? Mountain Lion to ship in July for just £13.99 - Yes, only £13.99!

 

How to get Mountain Lion for free - If you recently bought a new Mac you can get Mountain Lion for free. You lucky thing. Of course, it only costs the rest of us £13.99. The Mountain Lion update program went live, briefly so we know you will need to fill in your address details of where you bought it to get your redemption code.

There are various software updates coming. Apple has updated iWork, iPhoto, making them Mountain Lion ready. We're also in the process of rounding up the other third party updates here: We round up the Mountain Lion ready apps and updates

Here's some of the stuff we knew back before Mountain Lion launched: 

Get up to date with the features in Mountain Lion: Mountain Lion features you may have missed

Also: Apple demonstrates Mac OS X Mountain Lion with Voice Dictation, Power Nap, and Glass Dock at WWDC and Mountain Lion: What we know heading into WWDC

And: Macworld Feature: Mountain Lion where we examine everything Apple announced back in March.

There’s also Siri style dictation, of course: Siri-like Dictation coming in Mountain Lion. Will people really start talking to their Macs, we wonder.

Apple reminds users of coming iWork.com shutdown - If you are a user of iWork.com, Apple would like to remind you that the service's days are numbered. As of July 31, Apple will turn off iWork.com for good, and any documents you have stored there will be deconstructed into their component electrons.

iWork documents float into iCloud with update - Going forward, iClouds Documents in the Cloud feature will provide similar functionality to iWork.com, albeit with a simpler workflow. Rather than having to explicitly share your documents to iWork.com, you can just save your documents to iCloud where they will be available to both the iOS and Mac versions of iWork. While Documents in the Cloud has been available in the iOS versions of iWork since iOS 5, its due to come to the Mac with Mountain Lion’s release. More info here: Improved iWork file sharing coming in Mountain Lion

Also: Up close with Mountain Lion: iCloud

Mountain Lion to launch, a quarter of users see no benefit in updating software - Really? We’ll most of these are probably PC users, and they have no reason to get excited about new software…

Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper: What you need to know - Wondering whether that scary Flashback Trojan means that you need to install anti-virus software on your Mac now? Apple thinks it has security covered with Mountain Lion. We bring you advice from security experts about Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper feature and what it will mean for you.

More on security features: Latest Mountain Lion beta ramps up security features and iOS-like automatic downloads enabled in Mountain Lion Preview

Read more about the security features here: Up close with Mountain Lion: Security

Some 64-bit Macs scuppered by Mountain Lion, Some Lion-powered Macs can't upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, will your Mac be able to run Mountain Lion?

Mac App Store will restrict Mountain Lion downloads - at least it appears you won’t be able to download it at all if it’s not going to run on your Mac.

Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion - Still waiting, you could follow our advice for getting your Mac ready for the big install!

What about Facebook and Mountain Lion? Facebook sharing coming in iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion - Maybe not straight away.

Opinion: Why Apple is making OS X more like iOS - for those of you that are fed up with Apple’s moves to make Mac OS X more like iOS… (And they don’t even call it Mac OS X anymore). This includes the introduction of features like Notifications, Reminders and Messages to the Mac.

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