Apple has gotten wildly popular, so people are starting to expect more of the Cupertino, California, electronics juggernaut. For example, OS X version 8, dubbed Mountain Lion, has been rumored for weeks but no one knew the exact release date. That is, until yesterday. Apple’s update to OSX, “Mountain Lion” has been released as of this morning. The good news is that OS X 8 will only cost you about $20 and if you bought a new Mac after June 11, you’ll be getting upgraded for free. The bad news is you have to be running the most recent two OS X cats, Lion and Snow Leopard, to be able to do an upgrade.
Like Windows 8, Mountain Lion will bridge the gap between mobile operating systems and desktop/traditional laptop operating systems. In that spirit, Mountain Lion will have closer integration to popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. iChat has been killed in favor of Messages (much like in the mobile OS), and Apple’s Mountain Lion is integrated with iCloud. In new features, Apple will be unveiling Game Center (which helps you find and play games with other Mac users), a dictation system (to enable talk to text), and Power Nap (which allows users to put their computers to sleep but still get updates on email, downloads, etc.).
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