Apple’s latest desktop operating system, OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion will launch in the U.S. on the 25th of July. It’s already the 25th of July in India and if you log on to the Mac App store to download it, it won't be visible to you. You can check the App Store once the clock hits 25th July in the U.S. The OS will cost customers $19.99 (Rs. 1,125 approx.).
If you have purchased your Mac in the past few weeks, then the OS update will be free for you.
The new OS boasts of a number of new features that will help integrate the desktop OS and Apple's mobile OS, iOS in a more seamless manner. Some features of iOS that will make an appearance on Mountain Lion are notifications, iCloud integration and reminders to name a few.
Some other noteworthy features of the new OS are, PowerNap, Dictation and Game Center.
If you are wondering whether your Mac will be compatible with the new OS, then fear not. Here’s a list of all the devices that will be compatible with the new OS:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or later)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or later)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Apple is not the only company unleashing a new OS on consumers. Microsoft is scheduled to launch Windows 8 in October this year.
If you are one who is torn between Windows 8 and Mountain Lion, you can take a look at the comparison between the two OSes here.
The biggest difference between the two giants is that Windows 8 is a desktop OS that works well with a touchscreen as well as a keyboard and mouse, whereas though Apple has spurned touchscreens on its laptops, its fantastic multi-touch trackpad can use gesture for a variety of functions.