What is Mountain Lion?
OS X Mountain Lion is the latest version of Apple’s operating system for Macs featuring more than 100 new features, according to Apple. It’s available to download from Apple’s Mac App Store for just £13.99. Here we look at the top 5 new features worth giving a go.
1. Game Center – social gaming on Mac
If you regularly download games to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then you’ll be familiar with Apple’s Game Center feature that allows you to build a gaming profile and pit your skills against friends.
Game Center has arrived on Mac’s with the introduction of the new Mountain Lion OS, allowing users the chance to monitor leaderboards and find new opponents.
2. AirPlay Mirroring – wireless
A number of smartphones and tablets are beginning to offer a mirroring feature that enables users to see what’s on the screen of their portable on their TV. Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring, available with the launch of Mountain Lion, provides the same feature wirelessly, using Apple’s take on DLNA connectivity.
It allows Mac users to wirelessly display their computer screen on a TV using an Apple TV. It’s a feature that’s already available on the iPad and iPhone, but is new on Mac.
3. iCloud – better integration with cloud storage
If you download apps to your iPhone, iPad or iPhone Touch – or even your existing Macs – you’ll have an Apple ID. Now Mountain Lion has arrived, iCloud integration will enable users to access apps downloaded to their other iDevices on their Mac, and vice versa.
Already available on iPhone, iPads and iPod Touches, the arrival of this feature to Macs means users don’t have to download apps several times, and there is better integration for sharing documents and contact details between devices.
4. Gatekeeper – better security from malicious apps
There are a number of third party apps for Macs out there, and not all of them are quite what they seem. Gatekeeper is a new feature available through Mountain Lion that, when switched on, allows only Apple-approved apps to be downloaded to the Mac.
The tool helps users protect their machines from Malware, software that might appear harmless but can damage computers and put users’ personal data at risk.
5. Notification Center – another iOS inspired feature
Much like on the latest version of iOS for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, Macs now have a newly-designed notification center that brings all of the user’s latest updates tidily into one place.
The updates are customisable and might include general updates such as weather, and stock prices; but can also be personal updates, such as messages, emails and notifications from the Game Center.