First off, you’ll be wanting to know whether it’s worth the upgrade. Sconce Wednesday I have spoken to several people who were umm-ing and ahh-ing about making the jump. Well let me say this, for £13.99 ($19.99 in the US) there isn’t really an excuse not to!
Yes, it may be another incremental update to the OS, just like Snow Leopard from Leopard and even like Lion but I prefer it this way, it’s cheaper to upgrade and Apple fine tune features over a longer period of time. Meaning less bugs with each overhaul of OSX.
Apple’s desktop OS hasn’t had ‘Mac’ in the title for some time now and the lines running between the iPad and Mac get even blurrier with this iteration. It’s worth the upgrade if just for the little features, if you have a Mac which was purchased in 2011, there’s an even better reason to upgrade…
That’s AirPlay Mirroring.
It’s also the one feature I can’t benefit from. Since selling my MacBook Air, my only mac is my 2010 iMac which isn’t quite powerful enough, even though the phone in my pocket and the iPad I’m typing this on IS.
If you’ve used AirPlay on an iOS device, it works the same way in Mountain Lion. Audio can be streamed to any AirPlay devices you have (AirPort Express, Speakers or Apple TV) but the greatest feature is Mirroring, which allows you to stream your desktop over wifi to your Apple TV (2/3rd Gen) sharing photos, music, your desktop and any video, whether it’s YouTube, ITunes or even a generic flash player!
I haven’t been able to test this but I’ve heard that it works perfectly and is a much needed addition to the OS.
The best new features are all little things,
Safari’s new tab viewer (below) is found by using a two-finger swipe, almost zooming out when in Safari. This gives you a view of open tabs reminiscent of the iPhone’s view.
Whilst we’re on the subject of swiping…
If you have a trackpad (who still uses a mouse?!) take two fingers and swipe from the right edge… Quick access to Notification Center is granted!! Here you’ll see any notifications you haven’t acknowledged and a quick way to tweet or post to Facebook.
Speaking of which, you can now share things to twitter/Facebook from pretty much everywhere in the OS. Safari let’s you share the page you’re viewing, Finder lets you share images with a simple right click too! Have a play around and see what else you can share!!
Those are just a few new features and there are plenty more for you to find so I’ll leave the rest for you! Enjoy Mountain Lion!!