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Apple Power Nap hits 2011/2012 MacBook Air; Retina MBP “coming soon”

Apple Power Nap hits 2011/2012 MacBook Air; Retina MBP “coming soon”

Apple has released updates for the MacBook Air preparing the ultraportable for the new Power Nap feature of Mountain Lion, with the promise of a MacBook Pro Retina update in the pipeline. The System Management Controller (SMC) updates tweak the mid-2011 and 2012 MacBook Airs to support the new functionality, which allows them to silently power on while not in use and update software, check for new mail, synchronize media and make Time Machine backups, among other things.

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OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date program seeing early evolution pains

OS X Mountain Lion up-to-date program seeing early evolution pains

This morning is the first in which users with Mac computers are able to download Apple's OS X Mountain Lion operating system - and right off the bat there have been a couple of minor incidents you should be aware of. Apple's up-to-date program allows anyone who purchased a new Mac on or after June 11, 2012, to receive a free upgrade to the newest operating system. Early problems have included redemption codes not functioning correctly and users in general not understanding the connection between the redemption codes and the free nature of the upgrade.

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SlashGear 101: What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion?

SlashGear 101: What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion?

Those of you considering upgrading your Mac to OS X Mountain Lion from an earlier version of the system like OS X Lion should be asking: what's new? That's why SlashGear has the simple guide you're about to look over, complete with a collection of the most important set of changes and updates that play a big part in Mountain Lion's "200 new features" touted by Apple. This system is the next big step towards perfect integration between your Mac, your iPhone, and your iPad - that's the first thing to keep in mind.

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You might not have to pay for Mountain Lion

You might not have to pay for Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion is up for grabs in the Mac App Store, and already receiving glowing reviews - ours included - but hold on one moment before you hit the "Buy" button: you might be able to get it free. Apple's new OS X version is a $19.99 upgrade, though you can use that single purchase on all the Macs you have registered to the same Apple ID, but if you've bought a new Mac recently you could save yourself twenty bucks. Read on for the details.

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OS X Mountain Lion also brings on iTunes Game Center

OS X Mountain Lion also brings on iTunes Game Center

For those of you looking to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion today, you'll be glad to know that not only do you have a vast collection of updates to your Mac, you've got an app store based update as well: Game Center. Though you'll be able to connect to your friends and associates with the in-game version of Game Center in more of a social networking way, you've also got an app store section now titled Game Center as well. This is Apple's first real push for a gaming machine in the Mac.

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Safari 6 now available for download

Safari 6 now available for download

Along with Mountain Lion, Apple has begun to roll out updates for several of its core Mac OS X apps, including Safari 6. The updated browser will be available for Lion as well as Mountain Lion, and features several new features over its predecessor, including Smart Search Field, Offline Reading List, Do Not Track, a password pane, and support for Baidu, a Chinese search engine. Some features, however, will only be available on Mountain Lion.

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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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Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch and new iMac tipped for September

Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch and new iMac tipped for September

The month of September may very well be one of some blockbuster releases for Apple, with a brand new iMac and the 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro prepped for release alongside rumored mobile devices galore. This tip comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who speaks with Appleinsider on how two benchmarks as well as predictions linked to previous launch times of Mac products leads him to trust that the two mentioned computers will be popping up very soon. Apple has just this week begun to reduce the shipping time for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display after weeks of it being on the market - time to ramp up sales once again!

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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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