Mountain Lion Unleashed in the Mac App Store. Takes the top Spot in Just a Day
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you probably already know that today made for the long-awaited launch day of OS X Mountain Lion.
The operating system was so heavily in demand that it’s already the number one app in the Mac App Store and even had to be pulled for a short period of time due to high volume. It’s currently available again, but don’t be surprised if you run into download speed issues.
Mountain Lion comes with a whole host of new features, including iCloud integration, AirPlay mirroring to Apple TV devices, Notification Center, system-wide sharing, Facebook integration, and more. With these new features, we are seeing a blurring of the lines between OS X and iOS software. Apple feels that this makes for a more robust and consistent experience for users, so we will find out sooner or later whether or not they are correct.
If you’re considering upgrading, there are a couple things you should know and be aware of before doing so:
1) Be sure to make a backup of your current OS. It’s being reported that if you upgrade to Mountain Lion, there’s no turning back unless you have a backup image of your system on Lion.
Update: It appears that you can still re-download Lion by holding down Option when clicking on the Purchased tab. This secret shortcut makes lion reappear in the list.
2) Make sure your favorite apps are compatible with Mountain Lion beforehand. Some people have been running into complications with compatibility in certain apps between Lion and Mountain Lion, so try to be certain before hitting that download button. This also brings us back to reminder #1, because if you make the upgrade without a backup and you don’t have compatible apps, you’re stuck.
If you’re looking to get Mountain Lion, it will run you $19.99, unless you bought a Mac on June 11th or later; in which case, you can get a free code to download the OS within 30 days.