WALLED GARDEN SOFTWARE VENDOR Apple has released its Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system.
During its latest earnings call, the company announced that Mountain Lion will be available from the Mac App Store on Wednesday. Unlike previous iterations of the operating system users won't be able to buy the software on disc or USB, and will instead have to pay £13.99 to download the update from Apple's Mac app portal.
The update is the first major Mac OS X upgrade for over a year, and aims to close the gap between Apple's Mac OS X and IOS. Once installed, Mac OX X 10.8 Mountain Lion will deliver over 200 new features to Mac computers, including enhanced Icloud support, Facebook integration, Imessage support and voice dictation.
"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 SVP of Worldwide Marketing, at WWDC last month.
"With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet."
As revealed by Apple last month, not all Mac owners will be able to upgrade. Mountain Lion won't be compatible with Macbooks dated pre-2007 or a Mac Mini from before 2009.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be available to download from the Mac App Store this afternoon for £13.99. µ
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has now gone live in the Mac App Store. µ