Download Mountain Lion: Where and How
The Mountain Lion has been released into the wild. Apple unveiled its latest desktop computer operating system, the Mountain Lion, which has more than 200 new features. Among the highlights the new features of Apple's ninth operating system is its integration with iCloud.
By using cloud technology, the operating system can keep mail, contacts, calendar, messages, reminders, notes and iWork documents, up to date across all computers and mobile devices. Mountain Lion also has a new messaging app, which replaces iChat. With the new iMessage, you can send notes to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac.
The new operating system is especially friendly to Facebook users. It has special integration with the social network that allows you to post photos, links and comments right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your contacts, and update your status from within the Notification Center. Other highlights include dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, the Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software safer, and a faster Safari browser.
Where to Download Mountain Lion
The Mountain Lion operating system is available for download only from the Apple for $19.99. By downloading from Apple, you are ensuring that the operating system is up to par and free of any dangerous malware. All of the Apple operating systems are available for download only from the Mac App store. However, past versions of the operating systems that can be installed via DVD-ROM have been sold through a number of retailers, including Amazon, Neobits, Software CW and Homya.
Downloading Mountain Lion
In order to download the new operating system, you must be using one of the following computers: 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), or Xserve (early 2009).
You can find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing "About This Mac", and then clicking "More Info" to see what operating system you currently have. If you are running Snow Leopard (10.6.x), update to the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard before you purchase the new Mountain Lion. Once the latest version of Snow Leopard is installed you can buy and start downloading the new operating system from the Mac App Store.
In addition to having the correct computer and previous operating system, you must also have at least 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space in order to download Mountain Lion. When in the Mac App Store, buy and download Mountain Lion and then follow the onscreen instructions to install it. If you don’t have broadband access, you can visit any Apple Retail Store to get help with downloading.
Depending on internet speed, downloading the Mountain Lion operating system takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Since the Mountain Lion operating system is only available for download from the Mac App Store, avoid any freeware or shareware sites that claim to have it. Pirated versionsof the operating system can contain viruses, spyware and other malware that can infect a computer and cause other harmful damage.