Apple OS X Mountain Lion

85
Engadget
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 review

Summary

Mountain Lion's 200-plus new features add up to a welcome upgrade at a nice price point.

Pros
  • Deep integration with iOS and iCloud
  • Seamless AirPlay Mirroring on HDTVs
  • Notification Center and Message are great additions to the desktop workflow
Cons
  • OS X UI is beginning to feel stale
  • Hardware limitations with AirPlay Mirroring
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 review
More Info Apple OS X Lion 10.7 review OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 in-depth preview OS X Mountain Lion: arrives on Macs next month, priced at $20 A lot has changed since early 2001. We've got a new president approaching the end of his first term, the US has embarked on two major wars and the words "Lady Gaga" have become much more than just gibberish. Some things, however, don't change. In nearly each of these intervening years, Apple has issued a major update to its desktop operating system, OS X. This time last year, the company issued OS 10.7 Lion, a king-of-the-jungle moniker many thought would mark the end of Apple's big cat naming scheme and, by extension, the OS X lineage. In February, however, the old operating system showed she still had some life left in her, when the next edition was revealed, arriving over the summer and called Mountain Lion. Based on the name alone, you'd think 10.8 would be a modest improvement over its predecessor -- not unlike the baby step between Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6). But Apple insists that this latest build is more than just a seasonal refresh -- in all, it boasts more than 200 new features. Some are major, including things like a new Notification Center, AirPlay Mirroring and a desktop version of Messages. Others, such as full-screen mode for Notes... not so much. What seems to unite the vast majority of the 200 features, however, is a nod to iOS. So, how easily can Mac users justify that $20 download? Follow along after the break, as we put those 200 features to the test.
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Scores

Engadget

85
 

Breakdown

Speed
8.0
Openness
7.1
Ease of use
7.9
Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
8.2
Configurability
8.3
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Specs

OS X

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
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Specs

OS X

Type
Computer OS
Architecture
64-bit
Source model
Closed, w/ open source
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