OS X Mountain Lion

Prepping for Mountain Lion: three steps you must take

Prepping for Mountain Lion: three steps you must take

This week Apple will be unleashing the Mountain Lion: Apple OS X 10.8, and aside from grabbing $20 from your dresser drawer, we've got three steps you'll want to take in preparation for this upgrade to your computer. This software update is set to bring you everything we got a look at a few weeks ago in our first Mountain Lion hands-on and more, and all of it for a cool $19.99 - but not everyone can join in on the fun. The first step you'll need to take is checking to make sure your machine can handle the update.

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Apple OS X Mountain Lion release date Wednesday July 25

Apple OS X Mountain Lion release date Wednesday July 25

During the company's Q3 2012 earnings call, Apple announced that tomorrow will be the day that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be formally released into the wild. This software update is made for all computers in the newest generation and will bring on a selection of features outline in our early first look at the system several weeks ago. This system will be just $19.99 USD - this undercutting the price of competitors on several levels.

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OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date application released, quickly disappears

OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date application released, quickly disappears

It would seem that Apple is in the final stages of preparing for the upcoming launch of OS X Mountain Lion, as an application for its Up-to-Date program when live for a brief period today. The Up-to-Date program, which was announced last month, allows users who purchased a Mac after June 11 to receive a free upgrade to the new OS. However, the application was taken down shortly after it went live, so it appears that Apple isn't quite ready to roll out the program just yet.

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Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Mountain Lion launch expected on July 25th

Apple has been pushing out updates to Mountain Lion slowly but steadily, and now that the Gold Master version of the update has been seeded, a retail release is just around the corner. 9to5Mac believes that Apple may be planning to release the final version of Mountain Lion to the public on July 25th, pointing to information that shows the company is planning an “overnight” for retail stores on the 24th.

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Tweetbot for Mac released for download

Tweetbot for Mac released for download

The alpha version of the application Tweetbot for Apple computers running OS X has been released to the public today. This application has been a user favorite in its iOS version for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for over a year now, and the folks creating that app are just about ready to push it to the desktop as well. The release coming today (out now, as it were) is just an alpha version meaning there very well may be some bugs to be worked out - but you can grab it right this instant!

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Apple confirms Macs not eligible for Mountain Lion upgrade

Apple confirms Macs not eligible for Mountain Lion upgrade

Apple has confirmed which Mac systems will be compatible with the fast-approaching OS X Mountain Lion upgrade, and it's bad news if you're running a MacBook dating back to before 2007 or a Mac mini from before 2009. With each iteration of OS X there's always a list of machines that have been left behind, and Mountain Lion is no different, though Apple has not given any specific indication as to why older systems don't meet the grade.

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Golden Master OS X Mountain Lion seeded to developers

Golden Master OS X Mountain Lion seeded to developers

Apple has hit a major milestone with its latest version of OS X Mountain Lion. Cupertino previewed Mountain Lion back in February highlighting a bunch of features that would be common between the new Mac desktop operating system and iOS. Those features include Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification center, Game center, and more.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

Apple's MacBook Air may have fallen into the shadow of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at their WWDC 2012 launch this past week, but the updated ultraportable has plenty going for it. A proven design favorite, and undoubtedly the inspiration for a legion of Windows-powered ultrabooks, the MacBook Air now gets a fresh batch of processors in the shape of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge chips, along with a general refresh to the spec sheet. Is that enough to keep the MacBook Air at the top of the ultraportable tree? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Skype 5.8 gets Mountain Lion upgrade

Skype 5.8 gets Mountain Lion upgrade

Skype has launched a new, OS X Mountain Lion ready version of its VoIP and video calling app for Mac, with improved screen sharing but no mention of Retina Display readiness. Skype 5.8 for Mac now allows premium subscribers to see both video calling and screen sharing simultaneously, "so that you can see the reaction of the person or people you're sharing with" (perfect for those shock & awe PowerPoint sessions).

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

Faced with one of the most news-packed WWDC keynotes so far, it takes a very special product to stand out but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display managed it. Apple's collective interpretation of what a "next generation" pro-level notebook should be, the new model introduces the first design change in several iterations and marks the debut of Retina screen technology on a Mac. There's no questioning the specifications, but with prices starting from $2,199 - a $400 premium over the regular MacBook Pro, which stays on sale alongside - is the MacBook Pro with Retina Display too rich for the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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WWDC 2012 keynote highlights hit 80-second video

WWDC 2012 keynote highlights hit 80-second video

If you're the kind of person who loves CliffsNotes for all your reading activities and also want to see everything Apple showed off this week at WWDC 2012's main keynote, there's an 80 second version of the video for you right here. Courtesy of Michał Cichecki from UpsterTV we've got a video that's no longer than 80 seconds of quick-cut video from the official Apple release of the WWDC 2012 keynote from yesterday. You'll see everything from the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display down to the race car driver stepping on stage to assure you that Apple's deeply invested in the gaming universe.

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Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

This week Apple brought a bit more detail to the eventual full release of their next big desktop software version OS X Mountain Lion, and one feature continues to present itself as the real hero. This feature is of course known as Notification Center. While this sort of functionality began its life in the Apple universe on the iPhone, it has come to the desktop in what might be the best form its been in yet. Here lies the connection between all of your desktop applications and functionality, accessed by you with great ease.

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