Although we had a couple of niggles with the Mountain Lion update, such as the confusing iMessage app and the inability to test Apple's new Airplay feature on our ageing 2009 Macbook Pro, the £13.99 outlay is well worth it.
Cheap, iCloud enhancements are great, new Safari is excellent, Notifications proved handy.
Removal of RSS feeds from Safari and Mail, iMessage needs work.
Only runs on Macbooks post-2007.
Mountiain Lion is Apple's latest and greatest Mac operating system, giving users 200 new features for a mere £13.99. Bringing the software in line with Apple's iOS platform, these features include Notifications Center, iCloud enhancements and a number of new applications, which we found are all worthwhile additions to the Mac OS X operating system.
V3 has been testing Mac OS X Mountain Lion on a 2009 Macbook Pro.
As you'd expect for a file of this size, it did take a while to install Apple's Mountain Lion. We started downloading the software from Apple's Mac App Store, where you'll find it priced at £13.99, at around 6pm in the evening, and it took a good four hours for the file to download. However, it's worth noting that we downloaded Mountain Lion on its initial day of release, which might explain the slow speed. Installation is as ever very simple, and took around an hour to fully complete.
Interface and Notifications Center
While Apple has introduced more than 200 features with Mountain Lion, we didn't notice any significant changes to the overall look and feel of Mac OS X. However there are plenty of small tweaks that make the Mac user interface experience even slicker than before, such as the addition of a search bar in the application launcher.
Notifications are a feature that Apple has stolen from its iOS software, providing users with instant updates on things such as Mail, Messages, Calendar Events and Safari.
Unlike on the iPhone, the Notification Center is accessed by tapping the newly-added logo in the right hand side of the screen or by swiping two fingers from left to right on the trackpad. This makes good use of the dead space often left on our Mac desktop, and we found it handy for keeping up to date with Twitter and emails.
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