For Mac owners, it’s Christmas in July again.
Apple is making a habit of releasing new versions of the Mac OS in July; that’s when we got our first taste of OS X 10.7, known simply as Lion. That, too, was announced on the company’s earnings call and made available the following morning.
Lion is now used by 40% of Mac owners, according to Apple. Some 50% are still using the previous version, Snow Leopard. Lion was criticized by some for being a minimal upgrade that removed some much-loved features, such as replacing the “save as” with the less user-friendly “export.”
Mountain Lion, by contrast, is a significant upgrade that adds plenty of integration with the iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS. Users will see their Reminders, Messages, Notes and other notifications automatically synced between devices.
The upgrade also allows you to post to Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo and other services from within every page and window. At Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers’ Conference, CEO Tim Cook boasted that Mountain Lion added more than 200 new features.
It’s only for current Lion or Snow Leopard owners, however; if you’re one of the few Mac users on a previous version, you’ll have to upgrade to Snow Leopard before buying Mountain Lion. And if you’re on a pre-2009 Mac, chances are your computer won’t have enough power to run Mountain Lion.
Stay tuned for our full Mountain Lion review Wednesday, and let us know in the comments: are you ready to buy?