Mountain Lion adoption surpasses 10% in one month

By on August 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

Mountain Lion adoption surpasses 10% in one month

Mountain Lion Adoption Rate

Apple (AAPL) released the latest version of its OS X operating system, Mountain Lion, just over a month ago and it can already be found on more than 10% of all Macs according to research from ad network Chitika. Within four days of its release, Mountain Lion already accounted for 5.65% of all OS X web traffic and since then has grown steadily. On August 27th, the operating system peaked at 10.3% and is en route to surpass the growth of OS X Lion, which took three months to reach 14%. “Mountain Lion has already surpassed the 10% mark after only a single month,” Chitika noted in its report. “It’s possible that Mountain Lion’s growth will stall slightly once the post-launch excitement dies down, but should its rate of growth continue, the new OS will exceed Lion’s mark within three weeks.” The firm said that because of Mountain Lion’s new features and positive reviews, users are more inclined to adopt the operating system at a faster rate than its predecessor. A second graph follows below. More →

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Apple’s first OS X Mountain Lion update is now available for download

By on August 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Apple’s first OS X Mountain Lion update is now available for download

OS X 10.8.1 Download

Apple (AAPL) on Thursday rolled out its first software update for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.1. The update includes general bug fixes and resolves previous issues with Migration Assistant, compatibility issues with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Exchange servers and a bug that would prevent iMessages from being sent. There is also a fix for Safari, along with an audio playback issue affecting Thunderbolt displays. Apple also seeded OS X 10.8.2 to developers on Thursday and asked them to focus on Messages, Facebook (FB) integration, Game Center, Safari and Reminders. The OS X 10.8.1 update is available now in the Mac App Store. More →

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Apple: OS X Mountain Lion downloaded 3 million times since launch

By on July 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM.

Apple: OS X Mountain Lion downloaded 3 million times since launch

Mountain Lion Downloads

Apple (AAPL) on Monday confirmed that its brand new desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, was downloaded more than 3 million times during its first four days of availability. “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Apple’s marketing boss Philip Schiller. Mountain Lion, which launched on July 25th, is currently available as a download from Apple’s Mac App Store for just $19.99. Apple’s press release follows below. More →

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OS X Mountain Lion most likely set to debut on July 25th for only $19.99

By on July 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM.

OS X Mountain Lion most likely set to debut on July 25th for only $19.99

OS X Mountain Lion Release Date

Apple previously announced that its next-generation OS X operating system, called Mountain Lion, would launch sometime in July, although a specific date was never announced. According to a report from 9To5Mac, the Cupertino-based company’s retail stores in both the United States and overseas are planning overnight updates on July 24th — the same day Apple will announce its third-quarter earnings — that could include the posting of marketing material and OS installations on store computers. The iPhone-maker previously announced OS X Lion availability during its earnings call last year. Along with other improvements, OS X Mountain Lion includes Notification Center, Dictation, Gatekeeper and Apple’s Reminders and Messages apps. Apple’s latest operating system will be available for download in the Mac App Store for $19.99. More →

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Early 64-bit MacBook Pros, Airs get shafted on OS X Mountain Lion upgrade

By on July 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM.

Early 64-bit MacBook Pros, Airs get shafted on OS X Mountain Lion upgrade

OS X Mountain Lion Upgrade Eligibility

Early adopters of Mac products, prepare to get the shaft. Per Ars Technica, Apple has released system requirements for machines eligible OS X Mountain Lion upgrades and has revealed that pre-2007 iMacs, pre-2008 Mac Pros, MacBook Airs released in the first half of 2008 and MacBook Pros released before mid-2007 haven’t made the cut. More →

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Apple said to be prepping $799 MacBook Air

By on May 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Apple said to be prepping $799 MacBook Air

$799 MacBook Air may launch in Q3

While Windows-powered “ultrabooks” have yet to really make a splash in the market, Apple is reportedly considering a move that could further limit their appeal as vendors prepare a second wave of less expensive ultrabook models. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Monday reported that Apple is readying a new entry-level MacBook Air model that could launch in the third quarter this year. Details are extremely limited, though it is presumed that the notebook will be an updated 11-inch model that could launch around the same time as Apple’s new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which are expected to become available some time this summer. Apple may reveal the new model during its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which begins on June 11th. More →

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Pre-launch Windows 8 usage doubles that of OS X Mountain Lion

By on April 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Pre-launch Windows 8 usage doubles that of OS X Mountain Lion

Since Microsoft released its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in February, millions of users have downloaded the software giant’s latest operating system, which looks to carefully blend its existing mobile and desktop experiences into one. According to research from ad network Chitika, the Windows 8 CP adoption rate in the U.S. and Canada has doubled that of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s upcoming operating system. Of course Microsoft’s Windows 8 preview is publicly available for free while Apple’s Mountain Lion preview is available only to those with paid developer accounts. Chitika’s research was conducted from April 13th to April 19th and it analyzed hundreds of millions of impressions across the Chitika ad network. The Consumer Preview makes up .1% of all Windows traffic and exhibits traffic levels more than three times the peak level that the Windows 8 Developer Preview produced. The increased level of activity is a good sign for Microsoft, which will reportedly complete work on Windows 8 this summer. According to rumors, the first wave of PCs and tablets powered by the new platform are slated to launch in October. More →

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Apple to discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro, analyst predicts

By on April 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Apple to discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro, analyst predicts

Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicts that Apple may discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro model due to weak sales, MacRumors reported on Monday. The analyst has previously offered accurate information regarding the discontinuation of Mac products, specifically the 13-inch Macbook in 2011. Kuo estimates Apple will sell 5.32 million Mac computers in the second quarter of 2012, representing a 35.2% year-over-year increase. The Cupertino-based company is expected to launch an updated line of MacBook computers this summer that will be will be thinner and may feature Retina-resolution displays. More →

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Apple releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

By on March 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM.

Apple releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Apple on Friday released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 to OS X developers. According to TheNextWeb, the Cupertino-based company also posted an extensive list of known issues and bugs within the latest operating system. This second OS X 10.8 release comes exactly one month after Apple announced Mountain Lion, introducing developers to iMessage on Mac computers, a new Notification Center, Game Center integration, AirPlay mirroring, enhanced iCloud support and a number of redesigned apps. More →

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iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period

By on February 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period

Apple on Thursday unveiled the next major version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The new operating system for Mac desktops and notebooks will feature a wide range of changes from new apps to redesigned visual elements, but one of the most highly anticipated features Apple unveiled was iMessage integration thanks to a new Messages app that will replace iChat. Apple released a beta of its Messages app to users running OS X 10.7.3 Lion, but French blog Consomac on Friday discovered that Lion users will only have access to the new app during the beta period. “Thank you for participating in the Messages Beta program. With the inclusion of Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the Messages Beta program has ended,” a text string within the app’s resource files states. “To continue using Messages, please visit the Mac App Store and purchase OS X Mountain Lion.” Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion upgrade will be available this summer for what will likely be a $29 fee, but a number of recent Intel-based Macs will not support the new OS, so these users will not have access to Apple’s new Messages app. More →

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OS X Mountain Lion vs. real mountain lion

By on February 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

OS X Mountain Lion vs. real mountain lion

Apple unveiled the next major release of its OS X desktop operating system on Thursday, giving the world a rare early look at what the company has in store for Mac computer users this summer. A revamped Messages app with iMessage integration, the Notification Center and enhanced iCloud integration are among the exciting new features users can look forward to in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Apple loves naming versions of its desktop platform after jungle cats, of course, so Apple deal-hunter DealMac decided to line up the technology giant’s new OS against its namesake. This tale of the tape is definitely good for a few laughs, and a link to the full comparison follows after the break. More →

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Apple CEO: No pressure from Microsoft, PC industry is chasing MacBook Air

By on February 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

Apple CEO: No pressure from Microsoft, PC industry is chasing MacBook Air

Apple deviated from its standard closed-door approach to unveiling new software earlier this week and gave a number of media outlets early access to an upcoming version of its OS X operating system for Macs. Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will launch this summer, featuring a wide range of enhancements that will see Apple’s desktop platform look and behave more like its mobile platform. Executives from the Cupertino, California-based technology giant even met with reporters personally to demonstrate the new software, perhaps in an effort to help foster the same type of enthusiasm for OS X that iOS enjoys. During one such meeting with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook shed some light on the PC industry from Apple’s point of view. Read on for more. More →

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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion first impressions: This is a cougar I’d take home

By on February 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion first impressions: This is a cougar I’d take home

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

Apple just did something the company hasn’t done very often in recent years — it completely surprised nearly every single person with the announcement of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the next OS for the Mac. Inching a step closer to bridging the gap between iOS and OS X, Mountain Lion brings practically all of iOS’s featured apps to desktop and laptop computers. From Messages, which I’ve been waiting for ever since iMessage was announced, to built-in iCloud support, Notification Center, Game Center, Reminders, Notes, a much-improved Safari browser, AirPlay and more, the two OSes are practically the same now in terms of system apps. This is the first developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and the OS will only improve before it is released in the summer. If you’re itching for my thoughts, though, you’ll find them after the break. More →

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