Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion In The Mac App Store For $20

Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion In The Mac App Store For $20

Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion for $19.99 in the Mac App Store. The OS comes with over 200 new features, including added iCloud integration, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, Sharing sheets, Twitter integration, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, Gatekeeper, Safari improvements, and more.

Apple revealed its ninth desktop operating system to the world on February 16, 2012, and Mountain Lion has been in developer beta since. The final GM version of the Mountain Lion beta was seeded to developers on July 9th.

Cult of Mac’s full review of Mountain Lion will be published in the next couple of hours, but for now, stay tuned to Cult of Mac for breaking coverage of Mountain Lion all day.

You can purchase and download OS X Mountain Lion now in the Mac App Store.

Full press release from Apple:

CUPERTINO, California—July 25, 2012— Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac® App Store℠. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud® integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, AirPlay® Mirroring and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99.

“People are going to love the new features in Mountain Lion and how easy it is to download and install from the Mac App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud integration, Mountain Lion is even easier to set up, and your important information stays up to date across all your devices so you can keep editing documents, taking notes, creating reminders, and continue conversations whether you started on a Mac, iPhone or iPad.”

With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes:

  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork® documents, up to date across all your devices;
  • the all new Messages app, which replaces iChat® and brings iMessage™ to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or another Mac;
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps;
  • system-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo;
  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center;
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you’re using an app from Apple or a third party developer;
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV®, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay; and
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Additional features in Mountain Lion include the revolutionary new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari® browser. New features for China include significantly improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easy setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, and built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou.

Pricing & Availability
OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit: apple.com/osx/specs. OS X Server requires Mountain Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US). The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012.

*Facebook integration will be available in an upcoming software update to Mountain Lion.

  • Carnell Greer

    Wont let me yet. :(

  • shutch1993

    Not showing in the NZ app store yet.

  • Carnell Greer

    Downloading. :)

  • Floris

    I am getting an error when I am trying to buy it.
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/693961/Screen%20Shot%202012-07-25%20at%203.25.23%20PM.png
    Let’s hope that each click doesn’t result in a 20 Euro charge on the credit card.

    Another note: Requirements, 10.6.8 or higher. It says NOTHING about hardware requirements, it is utterly unclear if I can install it on my Mac Pro from 2006. It seems to claim it isn’t a problem, it is that thanks to this web site I know it most likely won’t. But, I want it on my iMac from 2009, so it’s not a problem to buy it and use it, and try it on the MacPro afterwards.

  • Kenton Presbrey

    Installing….Very fast download thanks to Verizon FiOS, the greatest ISP known to man.

    Only downloading Mountain Lion on my Macbook Air for now. Most likely going to make an ML Flash drive and do a fresh install on my other Macs.

    I had issues last year when I upgraded rather than doing a fresh install.

    Its days like these that I LOVE BEING A MAC USER!

  • Max Gillilan

    Are all 2012 Macbook Pros (shipped directly from Apple) equipped with Mountain Lion, or is it still a necessary download? I’m trying to convince myself it’s time for a system-wide upgrade. :)

  • Tallest_Skil

    Are all 2012 Macbook Pros (shipped directly from Apple) equipped with Mountain Lion, or is it still a necessary download?

    The latter…

  • GregNYR89

    Can anyone confirm if the version released is the same as the GM version released to developers a week ago?

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