If you’re a Mac user and you’ve been eagerly awaiting the official release of Mountain Lion, today’s the day. But you know that already. And you may also know that today’s official release hasn’t changed since the last update to the beta, but overall Mountain Lion adds some more iOS-like functionality, but that’s about it.
No, not the end of the Mac laptop and desktop, but with the release this summer of OS X 10.8, the “Mac” has been left off as the mobile and desktop worlds slowly become one. And the fact that this will be just OS X 10.8, not “Mac OS X” is very significant. The computing world is changing fast and the computer world your kids grow up in won’t be at all the one you grew up in.
As much as I try to keep up on these things, if someone asked me yesterday if I had heard anything about the next incarnation of Mac OS X, I would known zilch about nada. But then this morning all of a sudden, Apple announces that 10.8 “Mountain Lion” will be launching later this summer, with a plethora of new features to further integrate the mobile and desktop experience.
Apple’s going to be releasing iCloud full scale shortly, but if you’ve got a Mac and you’re looking for an alternative cloud photo service, Adobe just introduced Adobe Carousel. Right now it’s only for Mac and iOS (PC is coming some time later), but much like iCloud, it will let you upload photos to Adobe’s cloud to be available on all of your Apple devices simultaneously, with editing capabilities on each device.
There’s lots of new bells and whistles to be had in Mac OS X Lion, some of which seem really unnecessary, but one feature that could really come in handy is one that’s hidden. Inside Lion is a Wi-Fi diagnostics tool that lets you analyze the strength of the Wi-Fi signal you’re getting.
I’ll admit that when I first got Mac OS X Lion, there were quite a few things I didn’t like about it— inverting the mouse wheel by default, Launchpad is a waste of disk space and the lack of up/down buttons on scrollbars, but I got over it. Even though this video is from last month, I have a feeling that this guy isn’t over it.
The newest version of Mac OS X Lion dropped yesterday, and for the low low price of $30, if you’ve got a Mac, you’ll probably snap it up at some point soon, but there are some thing that you should be aware of if you do. It’s got some cool new features, but it’s also got some real annoyances.
Hey there Mac users— don’t forget that today is the day that you can finally get your paws on Mac OS X Lion, only through the App Store. And at only $30, it’s the cheapest fucking OS X upgrade yet. There’s also an upgrade to the MacBook Air today, if that’s your thing.
While digging through the code of the Mac OS X Lion developer beta, MacRumours discovered something interesting— it looks like Lion might have a browser-only restart mode, allowing a guest to have access only to a single Safari browser window for quick browsing without giving them any access to files or apps.
Apple had one of its big unveiling press events today in which Steve Jobs got to be rolled out in his black turtleneck to show the world what’s new and awesome in the world of Apple. Doesn’t he have anything else that he wears? A nice Hawaiian print shirt or something?
Last week, Apple announced that on October 20th, it was hosting a big new product unveiling event called “Back to the Mac”. With that title and the above promotional image, it’s pretty safe to speculate the the main feature will be a brand new version of Mac OS X, perhaps named “Lion” or something like that.