What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion GM and when the final version will be available for consumers?
Apple on Monday released the final test version of its upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system to developers to start final testing for OS X and application compatibility with it. The GM stands for Golden Master which means that its final test version and all features are ready and developers can start testing their applications.
Final version of OS X Mountain Lion will be released for consumers later this month and will be available only via App Store as a download. To receive this upgrade your Mac must be running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.7.1 Lion or later versions. Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion will cost only $19.99 so the price can’t be excuse for not upgrading your Mac.
A near-final version of Mountain Lion was made available for developers during Apple’s WWDC conference in June which included new functions sucks as voice dictation and Power nap which is only available for updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display. This version also brings better iCloud integrations to store even more content on the cloud.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has over 200 new features which is a lot since it took only one year for Apple to develop this OS X version. The main thing which is introduced in Mountain Lions is security system that regularly checks Apple servers to ensure that the latest updates and patches are installed on your Mac. I guess Apple decided to create this security system after the problem with infamous Flashback Trojan which infected over 600,000 Mac computers.
What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion GM build?
Since this is near-final build of the OS X Mountain Lion there is nothing revolutionary new in this release. Most important improvements are:
- Improved graphic performance and quality
- Improved Image & Media importing, editing or viewing
- Improved Networking reliability & performance
Basically these are behind the scene improvements and hard to say what lines of code are improved to make the system faster and more stable. I have tested this version for the past three or four days but I didn’t notice any changes and even benchmarks shows the same results as before.
Apple is famous for making last minute surprises by announcing some feature that no one expected and I guess this time will be no different. Please subscribe to our RSS feed, Facebook or Google+ page to be the first to find out when OS X Mountain Lion final bersion will be available for download.
Bellow you can see a nice video which shows the most anticipated features of the Mountain Lion