Apple during the WWDC keynote last monthannounced the upcoming Mac OS X version – Mountain Lion, will be available for download in July for all Mac users. As promised, Apple has just seeded developers with the Golden Master build of OS X Mountain Lion in anticipation of its public debut this month.
The latest OS X Mountain Lion introduced with more than 200 new features. Gold Master (GM) builds are near fin al builds of a particular software, means the OS itself in this case. OS X Mountain Lion is the successor to the ever-famous OS X Lion and brings with it a ton of new features to OS X users.
The golden master (GM) is a term developers use for the final version of the operating system (OS) before it is shipped to consumers. Regarding any last-minute changes or updates it’s typically the same version Apple will distribute to consumers is also expected.
Apple can also push out a second GM release to developers before the final release date to make sure that all bugs and quirks are ironed out before it hits the Mac App Store for download. OS X Mountain Lion GM is said to weigh in at 4.34GB on the App Store, with few documented changes in the media, such as improved Dictation performance, and the official release notes are yet to be leaked.
Similar to what Microsoft uses the term “release to manufacturing” (RTM) to identify when its operating system is at a similar stage — ready to be handed over to manufacturers and installed on brand new computers before they go on sale.
The major features that the OS X Mountain Lion brings to the table a large array of features which we’re already acquainted with on iOS, or to be more specific, on an iPad. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion features: Apple is bringing iMessages, Game Center, Notes/Reminders, Facebook/Twitter integration, Voice Dictation, better iCloud support, Notification Center etc. to the Mac. Apple has yet to announce a firm date for the release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion but judging by its previous GM-to-release schedules, the OS should be available to consumers before the end of July.
Lots more made available in OS X Mountain Lion is scheduled to make its public debut this month bringing an all-new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and Gatekeeper (for enhanced security). However OS X Lion was a huge one, with Apple bringing lot of features of the iPad and the Mac, but Mountain Lion takes a qauntum leap furthur and perfectly filled the gap between the iPad and Mac.
OS X Mountain Lion has support for Retina graphics inside out, meaning that this release is going to be a big treat for those who own the the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Apple says that with iCloud built into the foundation of the software, Mountain Lion will be the perfect OS choice for those who wish to keep their content organized and up to date across all their devices.
“The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet.”
Additionally, Mountain Lion also includes AirPlay Mirroring with a faster Safari with a unified Smart Search Filed, iCloud Tabs, and a newly integrated Tab view, along with features for China, including improved text input and the latest Chinese Directory, including over 1,700 new APIs for developers.
As mentioned before, developers enrolled with Apple can visit the company’s Mac Dev Center and redeem a code that enables them to download the latest Mountain Lion build for testing. If you are a registered developer, then simply head over to this link and get downloading. Mac OS X Mountain Lion upgrade will be priced at $19.99 and available as a digital download from the Mac App Store.
Finally the time comes nearer while the GM release is hands of developers, it won’t take much time for the final builds to grab from the Mac App Store.