Mac OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview, Details On Supported Macs and Requirements Of Hardware And About Released Date Of Download Final
Good news for all OS X users, why? Because of this, Apple has released the first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which is to be the major release of the Apple’s Mac operating systems. Along with previewing a demonstration of the OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has also pushed an iChat replacement app called Messages beta app “iMessage” for your OS X computer.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion looks has even stronger iOS influence than OS X Lion and brings many iOS features to the Mac platform. Apple just 7 months after releasing the OS X 10.7 Lion, now formally announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. With the rumored features such as, iMessage and AirPlay Mirroring are also included in OS X Developer Preview, but didn’t mentioned about Siri integration yet. You can have a look at the prominent new OS X 10.8 Lion features to be expected though:
* Messages – replaces iChat to bring full iMessage support to the Mac
* Notification Center – just like iOS
* Share Sheets – allows easy sharing of links, videos, photos between apps
* AirPlay mirroring – send wireless video to an Apple TV
* Game Center
* Twitter Integration
* Gatekeeper – anti-Malware app installation guard
Keeping in mind, the OS X Mountain Lion is reportedly built with iCloud integration and what we can expect to see, that conveniences of the cloud tied further into Mac OS X.
This would be the ninth release of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, is all set to land in the 2012 summer and brings functionaity and feature enhancement inspired by Apple’s most popular tablet device, the iPad. Mountain Lion is all geared up to bring Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification and iMessages to the Mac which signals the beginning of a fusion between OS X and iOS.
The developer preview of Mountain Lion is available to download for registered OS X developers, with the new Messages application being freely available for OS X 10.7.3 users in beta form directly through Apple’s website.
Check out the official Mountain Lion Video, published on their website which outlines all of the important new key features that we can see in the upcoming operating system which they believe will undoubtedly enhance the experience for all Mac users.
Tech coverage has been largely dominated by the coverage of Apple’s upcoming version of OS X, with the developer preview of Mountain Lion (10.8) having just been released a matter of hours ago along with the new Messages Beta app.
Here’s that wallpaper that can be installed on your Mac computer of the highly anticipated OS X Mountain Lion’s default Galaxy wallpaper right Now on your Windows 7 operating system as well. The said wallpaper can be downloaded from this link, and as you’d expect its a hi-res 3200×2000 pixel wallpaper.
What are the requirements you need to get installed and boot for OS X Mountain Lion:
* 64-Bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better required
* Ability to boot into OS X 64-bit kernel
* Advanced GPU chipset required
* Internet connection required to download and install OS X 10.8
You can check for 64 bit kernel boot support by typing “uname -a” at the command line, launch the Terminal to do this. The uname -a command will return something like this:
“Darwin MacBookAir 11.2.0 Darwin Kernel Version 11.2.0: Tue Aug 9 20:54:00 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1699.24.8~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64″
Look for “x86_64” to verify that a Mac is booting into a 64 bit kernel. This will happen by default with most OS X Lion compatible Macs. Snow Leopard users aren’t be able to get booted into 64-bit kernel by default and will have to verify compatibility with the list of hardware, which is shown below.
Macs that will support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
As usual, the newer the Mac the better:
* MacBook Pro – 13″ from mid 2009 or later, 15″ from late 2007 and newer, 17″ from late 2007 and newer
* MacBook Air – late 2008 and newer
* iMac – models from mid 2007 and newer
* MacBook – 13″ aluminum from 2008, 13″ from 2009 and newer
* Mac Mini – early 2009 and newer
* Mac Pro – early 2008 models and newer
* XServe – early 2009 models and newer
Macs that are NOT expected to support OS X Mountain Lion
Older Macs and those with weaker GPU’s will likely be left behind:
* Anything with an Intel GMA 950 or x3100 integrated graphics card
* Anything with an ATI Radeon X1600
* MacBook models released prior to 2008
* Mac Mini released prior to 2007
* iMac models released prior to 2007
* Original MacBook Air
To know more on what Macs are and are not supported by the new version of OS X. Stay tuned to Grabi.org.
The public release date of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is slated for “Summer 2012″ , this is posted both on Apple’s Mountain Lion preview site and was mentioned by Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller.
While you can get the OS X Mountain Lion, the same way as OS X Lion 10.7 became available. An upgrade offered directly from the Mac App Store as a simple download and install. No price details available yet, but well expected to be another $29.99 update matching OS X Lion’s price so!
You can head over to this link to download OS X Mountain Lion developer preview for your Mac. Before getting it make sure, have a Mac Dev Account with Apple, as its pretty required and mentioned as well. You can read more about Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on Apple’s Preview Page.