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Apple Updates OS X Mountain Lion to Version 10.8.2

As had been rumored, Apple released today version 10.8.2 of OS X Mountain Lion. This release coincides with the release of iOS 6 and unifies several features that will allow for a more seamless transition between devices.

The update brings Facebook integration to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to share photos and web pages simply by pressing the now ubiquitous share button within a given application. It also allows for posting a status directly from Notification Center, just as iOS 6 does.

Of interest to many users is the ability to merge a phone number with an iCloud email address. This will allow users to seamlessly send and receive iMessages on a Mac from their regular mobile number, as well as to send and receive FaceTime calls in the same manner.

See Apple’s Support site for a complete listing of all new features.

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OS X Mountain Lion now available on the Mac App Store

As announced yesterday, the newest version of Apple’s Mac OS, 10.8 Mountain Lion, launched this morning on the Mac App Store. Mac users running Lion can purchase the upgrade for just $19.99. Customers who purchased a Mac on or after June 11th qualify for a free upgrade to Mountain Lion as part of Apple’s Up-To-Date program.

Apple announced the launch of Mountain Lion during their Q3 2012 Earnings report yesterday, as part of a comment from Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.” Cook said in the press release.

Mountain Lion brings over 200 new features to the Mac, including Notification Center, iMessage, deeper iCloud integration, Twitter sharing (Facebook is coming, too, but not until Fall), Game Center, AirPlay Mirroring, and more. Be sure to take a look at our hands-on with Mountain Lion published back in March for the skinny on all of the new features!

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Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion GM for Developers

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While most of us expected to see iOS 6 Beta 3 today, Apple had other plans: the Mountain Lion Gold Master has just been released to Developers.

Gold Master or “GM” software represents the final code build that will ship to consumers. Registered Developers can grab their download code for the Mountain Lion GM right now by hitting up the OS X Dev Center on Apple’s Developer Site. The Mac App Store download weighs in at a hefty 4.34GB. Anxious consumers: fear not, you will get your chance soon enough! Apple announced at WWDC last month that Mountain Lion will be available to all on the Mac App Store by the end of July for just $19.99.

Don’t forget to check out my extensive hands-on preview with Mountain Lion for a look at all the new features!

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OS X Mountain Lion Ships In July, Developer Preview Out Today

Apple has just announced that Mountain Lion, the latest version of OS X, will ship next month. Users on Lion or Snow Leopard—Lion’s aging predecessor—will be able to buy the upgrade for twenty dollars in the Mac App Store. Users who buy a new Mac will receive the update for free. Customers who are still running Leopard or any of its predecessors will need to upgrade to Snow Leopard or Lion before they can upgrade to Mountain Lion. Developers who need to test compatibility or add Mountain Lion specific features to their apps can download the Mountain Lion developer preview today.

You can read Eric’s in depth preview of Mountain Lion here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Mountain Lion coverage on the front page. If you need more details you can check out the press release below.

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012— Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, will be available in July as a download from the Mac® App Store™. Mountain Lion introduces more than 200 innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay® Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

“The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet.”

Using your iCloud account, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to set up your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes. The new Reminders and Notes apps help you remember important tasks and jot down your thoughts quickly, while iCloud automatically keeps everything up to date. Documents in the Cloud works with iCloud-enabled apps including Apple’s iWork® suite so you can always access and edit your documents on any device.

The new Messages app replaces iChat® and brings iMessage™ to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or another Mac. You can include attachments, high quality photos and HD video, and your iMessages appear on all your devices so you can pick up a conversation right where you left off. iMessage includes group messaging, delivery and read receipts, typing indicators and secure end-to-end encryption. The Messages app also supports traditional instant messaging services, including AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk and Jabber.

Mountain Lion streamlines the presentation of notifications, and with Notification Center you can see all your notifications from OS X and third party apps in one convenient place. You can customize which apps send you notifications, the type of notification you receive, and how many items are shown in Notification Center. When you want to focus on your work or watch a movie, you can choose to temporarily suspend all notifications.

New system-wide Sharing is built into Mountain Lion, making it easier than ever to share links, photos, videos and other files. Clicking the Share button allows you to share quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo. Facebook and Twitter are integrated with Notification Center so you can receive notifications when someone sends you a message or mentions you in a post or Tweet.

With built-in support for Facebook, you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps. Once you’ve signed in, your Facebook friends automatically appear in Contacts with their profile photos. Your Facebook notifications work with Notification Center in Mountain Lion, and you can even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center.

Dictation is built into Mountain Lion and allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you’re using an app from Apple or a third party developer. Mountain Lion also introduces Power Nap, an innovative new feature that keeps your MacBook Pro with Retina™ display and MacBook Air (second and third generation) up to date while it sleeps. Power Nap automatically refreshes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac and Documents in the Cloud, and when plugged in, downloads software updates and backs up your Mac using Time Machine®.

The revolutionary new Gatekeeper feature makes downloading software from the Internet safer by giving you control over which apps can be installed on your Mac. You can choose to install apps from anywhere, just as you do today, or for maximum security you can set Gatekeeper to allow only apps from the Mac App Store. The default setting allows you to install apps from the Mac App Store and apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple. In addition to checking daily for security updates, Mountain Lion includes app sandboxing to keep misbehaving apps from compromising your system, and kernel ASLR for improved protection against buffer overflow attacks.

Additional new features in Mountain Lion include:

  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV®, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay;
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch;
  • a faster Safari® with a unified Smart Search Field, iCloud Tabs that present your open tabs across your devices, and a new Tab View to quickly swipe through them;
  • new features for China, including significantly improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easy setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou; and
  • over 1,700 new APIs that give developers access to the latest core OS and web technologies, as well as the newest features of OS X, including Documents in the Cloud, Notifications, Sharing and Game Center.

Pricing & Availability
OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit: OS X Server requires Mountain Lion and will be available in July from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012.

*Facebook integration will be available in an upcoming software update to Mountain Lion.

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Apple Helps Out Chinese Users, Improves Input and Adds Baidu

China is a growing market for Apple, and announcements at today’s WWDC keynote highlight that fact. Apple has just revealed that Mountain Lion will feature improved support for Chinese input and Safari will add Baidu, a popular search engine in China, as a search option.

You can read Eric’s in depth preview of Mountain Lion here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our WWDC coverage on the front page.

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AirPlay Mirroring Coming to the Mac in OS X Moutain Lion, Apple TV Finally Less Than a Hobby?

Apple has just announced AirPlay will come to Macs in Moutain Lion. Details are scant right now, but a demo shows the mirroring feature activated from a menu in OS X.

You can read Eric’s in depth preview of Mountain Lion here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our WWDC coverage on the front page.


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Power Nap Keeps Mountain Lion Current While it Sleeps

Apple has just unveiled Power Nap for Mountain Lion. Power Nap refreshes and backs up data while your Mac is in sleep mode. Apple claims the Power Nap is efficient enough to have a negligible impact on battery life.

You can read Eric’s in depth preview of Mountain Lion here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our WWDC coverage on the front page.


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Apple holding WWDC 2012 from June 11-15

Apple has finally confirmed the dates for their annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which this year will run from June 11th to 15th at Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple’s invitation promises this will be “the week we’ve all been waiting for” and developers will get to learn about the future of OS X and iOS. Over 100 technical sessions and 100 hands-on labs are planned for developers to enjoy.

Apple’s press release does not provide specific details about the Keynote address, though we expect those details to be forthcoming. Tim Cook will likely open the show, sharing the stage with other high-profile Apple execs such as Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall. As the invitation and accompanying press release tease, we expect to hear a lot about Mountain Lion and iOS 6 at the show. Of course, there are also rumours that Apple will return to their previously established June timeframe for the new iPhone launch this year, but don’t hold your breath on that one. Most signs are once again pointing to a Fall launch (September or October) for the next iPhone.

Developers interested in attending can purchase tickets now for $1,599 a piece, but you better act fast! Last year’s show sold out in under 12 hours. UPDATE: Tickets are already sold out, less than 2 hours after going on sale at 8:30 AM ET. Incredible! West Coast devs: hope you woke up early this morning!


Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 11 at Moscone West in San Francisco

CUPERTINO, California—April 25, 2012—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 11 through June 15 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, allowing them to build incredible new apps. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps from the past year.

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

Developers will be able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2012 include:

  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • 100 hands-on labs staffed by more than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Please go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 website ( to purchase tickets, as well as for updates and more information.

Developers who are unable to attend this year’s conference can access and watch all technical sessions from the Apple Developer website ( as soon as they are posted for free.