Apple’s New Mountain Lion: 200 New Mac Features
Australian customers can upgrade to Mountain Lion for $20.99.
Mountain Lion benefits from 200 new features and has been largely inspired by Apple’s mobile operating system. It includes reminders, notifications, social networking integration, messages, notes and access to Game Center.
“People are going to love the new features in Mountain Lion and how easy it is to download and install from the Mac App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“With iCloud integration, Mountain Lion is even easier to set up, and your important information stays up to date across all your devices so you can keep editing documents, taking notes, creating reminders, and continue conversations whether you started on a Mac, iPhone or iPad.”
A feature spruiked by Apple is Power Napping. Whereas hibernation induces a computing coma, Apple computers with Power State will periodically update mail, contacts, calendar, reminders, notes, a user’s photo stream, the geo-position of a Mac with Find My Mac and a user’s documents in the cloud.
When connected to a power source, it will automatically download software updates and backup your computer using Time Machine. It’s an ideal state to keep you Mac in overnight as system sounds, lighting and fans are off, whilst still keeping your computer up to date in real-time fashion.
Power napping is reserved for MacBooks and MacBook Air notebooks that have been released this year and feature a solid state drive, claims a report from The Australian.
Other noteworthy features include the ability to dictate text to your Mac and enhanced AirPlay Mirroring, which allows users to stream video content to Apple TV devices or audio to speakers and receivers.
Mac computers purchased after June 11 can be upgraded to Mountain Lion for free. In order to upgrade, existing computers must be running Mac OS Lion or Snow Leopard.