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An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8 658

adeelarshad82 writes "Earlier today Apple announced their next OS, Mountain Lion. According to an early look, OS X 10.8 does more to integrate social networking and file-synching into a personal computer than any other OS. It tightly integrates with the whole Apple ecosystem that includes iOS devices and the free iCloud sharing service. Moreover Mountain Lion adds a powerful new line of defense against future threats where a malware app is prevented from running even if it is deliberately downloaded to a computer. Even though Apple's clearly got a lot of fine-tuning to do—and possibly a few features to add, there's no doubt that Mountain Lion already looks very fine." Update: 02/16 15:04 GMT by T : New submitter StephenBrannen writes with some more details culled from CNET. The newest OS X has now been released to developers, with an official release date planned for this summer. "Mountain Lion, as it is called, will further blur the lines between iOS and its Mac OS. iOS features that are being ported include: Messages (replacing iChat), Notification Center, Game Center, Notes, and AirPlay mirroring. Also new to Mac OS is the addition of Gatekeeper, which should help prevent malware attacks on Apple products. Not announced is whether Siri will be ported to the Mac."
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An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

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  • lockdown coming. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by God'sDuck ( 837829 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:36AM (#39059375)
    "But what if you want to run an older app, or download a utility that was written by someone who hasn't paid Apple's $99 fee for a developer's license? If you're an administrative user, you can Ctrl-click on the App, choose Open from the pop-up menu, enter your OS X password, and tell Mountain Lion to trust this app in the future."

    One step closer to all apps needing to come from the app store.
  • Re:lockdown coming. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:43AM (#39059501) Homepage

    One step closer to all apps needing to come from the app store.

    OK, paranoid poodle, just how would you balance the attempt to limit damage by stupid endusers who will click on anything remotely interesting? It's basically sudo - 'you sure you want to do this?',yes?, 'OK, it's on your head'.

    Although I'm not terribly impressed with Apple's attempt to transmogrify a perfectly good interface for users who typically need prompts to breath, this struck me as pretty reasonable.

  • Re:Hear that, MSFT? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:48AM (#39059591)

    I can hear it now "M$ IS JUST TRYING TO SQUEEZE MORE MONEY OUT OF PEOPLE. There is no reason to upgrade because Windows 7 works fine and this upgrade isn't big enough to matter. It's just Windows 7 Service Pack 2...."

    When Microsoft does something it's evil and will never work and nobody wants it etc... Imagine the uproar if you heard that Microsoft could remotely prevent apps from running...

    But when Apple does something it's a good idea and boy-howdy let's go buy it right now!

    There's never been a company that has faced more double-standards and moving goalposts than MS.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:48AM (#39059595)

    Text on my 15" MBP with 1680x1050 screen looks too small. I need a way to increase the size of everything like you can do in Windows. So far there's no way to do so in Mac OS X 10.7.

  • Re:Hear that, MSFT? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tharsman ( 1364603 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:48AM (#39059597)

    Why do that when they can just charge 200 bucks for the initial release, with single computer licenses instead of family licensing like Apple does?

    I figured Apple may do something like this when they announced Lion would not only be 30 bucks, but also the license would cover every single computer you own (at home, not for business.)

    I’m cool with it also since the update is bringing some nice system apps. Game Center alone I would had paid 30 bucks for. Up to this day Microsoft still cant translate XBox Live to the desktop properly.

  • by SDF-7 ( 556604 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:49AM (#39059613)

    The opening paragraph has to be the most rabid bit of product love I can recall, especially compared with the actual content.

    "upend the video games market"... Really? Just because the screen (if you have a laptop [aka can use the computer anywhere near your sofa] and the AppleTV box) can be wirelessly mirrored to the TV? And using hypothetical controllers that don't exist? Uh-huh.

    "For the consumer market ... may be the most significant OS release since Windows 95". A fairly bold statement, given there's nothing in the article that even tries to back that up. Is the new security model supposed to be that big of a paradigm shift (for users, not for vendor lock-in)? Is it the "ooh... you can post to a blog quicker!" stuff? It pretty clearly looks like a point-release to an existing OS that is mildly interesting, but hardly redefining the consumer space.

  • Re:Not free. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sglewis100 ( 916818 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @11:49AM (#39060707)

    iCloud isn't free.

    5GB is free

    Which is it? I guess my DropBox isn't free either, although I don't think I've ever paid.

    Also, to the guy that said Apps are too big so you can't back up in 5gb... I have an iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, and have used about 2gb of my 5gb storage. You see, apps don't count (you redownload them for free). Music doesn't count (you redownload for free). Photos don't count (PhotoStream doesn't subtract from the free storage). It's for settings and documents.

  • Re:lockdown coming. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jythie ( 914043 ) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @12:26PM (#39061405)
    I am noticing that through this tread, we started with 'Apple will allow users to restrict installations' to 'Apple will no longer allow non-'App' applications'. Good example of whisper down the lane rumors.... 'what if' becomes 'fact' in only a few pages...

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.