The newest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, is now available in the Mac App Store for $19.99. A series of bug fixes and internal program updates as well as a few third party updates like Dropbox and Microsoft Office round out the update.
The first software updates come as usual to Apple’s own programs: Aperture 3.3.2, iPhoto.3.2, iMovie 9.0.7 and iWork 9.2 with the latest updates are compatible with Mountain Lion. The new features in iCloud can still be improved. The updates come via the software update from the Mac App Store. The current version of Safari 6.0 is also available with the software update ready for previous versions of Mac OS X.
For those who own a MacBook Air from the mid-2011 and on, there is an interesting firmware update that allows the so-called “power nap” on Mountain Lion. This feature allows Macs (even with SSD’s) at rest to check emails, update iCloud, documents and automatically download updates without waking up. That way everything is up to date before your Mac even wakes up. The update comes with Mountain Lion.
There are also a few third-party updates. Dropbox’s latest version 1.4.12 is now officially available with Mountain Lion. Microsoft also promises the ability to run Office for Mac 2008 and 2011 under the current Apple operating system. Facebook updates will be arriving this fall and Twitter should be easier to use too.
According to Apple’s website, Mountain Lion OS X is available for the following devices:
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)