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Mac OS X Mountain Lion review

Safari and Icloud updates make this a worthwhile upgrade
Mon Jul 30 2012, 15:52
Mountain Lion

MAC OS X 10.8 MOUNTAIN LION is Apple's latest and greatest Mac operating system, delivering over 200 new features and enhancements to Macbook laptops and Imac computers. It's keenly priced at just £13.99 and promises to make life easier for owners of Apple's IOS devices.

The INQUIRER has been trying out Mac OS X Mountain Lion on a 2009 Macbook Pro.

As you'd expect for a file of this size, it did take a while to install Apple's Mountain Lion. We started downloading the software from Apple's Mac App Store, where you'll find it priced at £13.99, at around 6pm in the evening, and it took a good four hours for the file to download. However, it's worth noting that we downloaded Mountain Lion on its initial day of release, which might explain the slow speed. Installation is as ever very simple, and took around an hour to fully complete.

Interface and Notifications Center
While Apple has introduced more than 200 features with Mountain Lion, we didn't notice any significant changes to the overall look and feel of Mac OS X. However there are plenty of small tweaks that make the Mac user interface experience even slicker than before, such as the addition of a search bar in the application launcher.

Notifications are a feature that Apple has stolen from its IOS software, providing users with instant updates on things such as Mail, Messages, Calendar Events and Safari.

Mountain Lion wallpaper notifications center

Unlike on the Iphone, however, the Notification Center is accessed by tapping the newly-added logo in the right hand side of the screen or by swiping two fingers from left to right on the trackpad. This makes good use of the dead space often left on our Mac desktop, and we found it handy for keeping up to date with Twitter and emails.

Scroll up while in the Notifications Center and you'll see a toggle button that enables you to switch on and off on-screen alerts, if you don't fancy being bothered by a pop-up bubble every time you get a Twitter notification. If you're a fan of the social network Facebook, however, you'll be able to update your status straight from the menu too, with Facebook integration coming later this year.


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