The latest version of Apple’s operating system, Mountain Lion, or OS X 10.8, will be launched Wednesday through the Mac App Store announced by the company's chief financial officer.
The new software will help upgrade Mac desktops and laptops to work more like iPhones and iPads.
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the OS's availability during the company’s quarterly financial results. He said, “We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter.
“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.”
As a part of Apple’s "Up-to-Date Program", new Mac owners can request a complimentary online upgrade within 30 days from the date Mountain Lion becomes available.
Upgrade to cost $19.99
Mac users will be able to digitally download the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion via the Mac App Store for $19.99. Mountain Lion Server will cost an additional $20.99. Only devices running on the latest versions of Mac OS, Lion and Snow Leopard can be upgraded.
Macs purchased on or after June 11 can be upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion free of cost. As a part of Apple’s "Up-to-Date Program", new Mac owners can request a complimentary online upgrade within 30 days from the date Mountain Lion becomes available. New Macs will come with Mountain Lion pre-loaded.
Some new features
New version of Apple’s PC operating system, Mountain Lion brings more than 200 new features.
Some selected updates include deeper integration with social networks sites. It will make sharing easier on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other services.
Apple is expanding the domain of iCloud, the new Internet storage service designed for the mobile devices. A service called "Messages Everywhere” will replace iChat and enable users to send messages from the Mac to any iOS 5 or Mountain Lion OS X device for free.
Notification Center will also come to the desktop on Mountain Lion. Small pop-up banners will appear on the upper right hand corner of the screen when your Mac has something it needs to tell you.
Game Center will track achievements, scores and help users find opponents to play games on Mac and Apple mobile devices with Mountain Lion.
With Power Nap, Macs will download updates, fetch emails and auto-sync even when in power-saving "sleep" mode. The software will bring dictation to Macs, enabling the computer to type as you talk.
In addition, the new operating system brings features such as Reminders, Notes, AirPlay Mirroring and also a new security feature, Gatekeeper for reducing malware.