Apple's newest desktop/laptop operating system, Mac OS X 10.8 (otherwise known as Mountain Lion) was released this morning. You can only get it via download in the Mac App Store, for an impulse-worthy $20. We're still playing with ours; it's a minor update, especially compared to the complete overhaul that is the next version of Windows, though there are some new features here we're excited about, like AirPlay mirroring, a great new version of Safari, and a notifications bar. If you've got, like, a full day, check out Ars Technica's review--it's a 26,000-word, 24-page behemoth of a piece that covers all the ins, outs, and other prepositions related to the new update.
Apple went through, by our count, six hundred million billion new features that'll be present in the next versions of its operating systems, both Mac OS X Mountain Lion for computers and iOS 6 for iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch. Some of them we don't care about. Some we do! Here's what we liked.
Apple just announced the next version of Mac OS X, the operating system that runs on all Mac computers. It'll be called Mountain Lion, it'll come out this summer for an unspecified price, and it'll be chock full of the same apps you use on your iPhone and iPad. It's one more stop on the way to Apple's Ultimate Plan for Gadget Dominance (not an official title.): the convergence of Mac OS and iOS, which began in earnest with the current version, Lion.
Apple's newest version of OS X arrived today, with a heap of future-looking features in tow. Here are five of our favorites
By Nick StattPosted 07.20.2011 at 6:15 pm 1 Comment
The newest version of Apple's desktop and laptop operating system, Mac OS X, was released today, as version 10.7--better known as Lion. It's a major overhaul for OS X, blending elements of Apple's mobile iOS operating system and moving the design further away from the cutesy, bubbly visage of its past. But beyond the talk of modal interfaces and the rise of mobile are a whole bunch of new features that are flat-out futuristic--cloud-based downloads, ad-hoc sharing, new uses for multitouch, and more. Here are our five favorite forward-looking features in Mac OS X Lion.
Check out Mac OS X's newest tricks in the gallery.
Explore the geographic locations found in our special issue via amazing annotated satellite imagery
By John MahoneyPosted 07.16.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
To coincide with our special Future of the Environment issue, we've constructed a Google Earth layer highlighting several geographic points of environmental interest around the world. If you're already a Google Earth user, download and open the layer here to begin browsing; if not, now is a perfect time to start exploring one of the more amazing pieces of mapping software ever conceived!
By Megan MillerPosted 09.07.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Ever since I was a wee girl with a first-generation iPod, a three-megapixel digicam, a clunky cellphone and a ginormous laptop (OK, I wasn't that wee--it was like four years ago), I've lusted after a gadget that could do everything and take up next to no space. I mean, wouldn't it be amazing to be able to shoot and store photos, surf the Web, check e-mails, and listen to music files on one device small enough to slide casually into a back pocket?
As anyone reading this has probably heard already, today Apple released a beta version of Boot Camp, a software add-on for its new Intel-based Macs that allows them to run Microsoft Windows XP alongside Mac OS X. Naturally, the Internet's tech blogs have been ablaze with rampant discussion: There's the Macrumors.com forum, where the story has so far accumulated 786 comments, including exclamations describing the news as "pant-wettingly exciting," among other choice adverb/adjective phrases; the news has received 4,440 "diggs" (that's a lot) at digg.com, a clearinghouse for cool daily tech stories; and as of this afternoon, the story was the top headline on the New York Times's site.
Add to this blazing hubbub a recent column by notable tech pundit John C. Dvorak, in which he forecasts (in heavy, Kennedy-assassination-conspiracy-theory-type language) a complete Apple transition to Windows in the near future, and it's pretty safe to say that this is one of the larger tech stories of the year. The column is already being breathlessly referred to as "the Dvorak prediction" on Macrumors.com.
All of this coming less than a month after onmac.net's infamous $13,000-plus prize was awarded to two hackers called "narf" and "blanka" for being the first to successfully boot Windows on an Intel Mac. As Apple fanatics struggle to catch their breath, Apple's stock price continues to rise. Will the company start moving a lot more shiny Intel computers and up their tiny market share? Or will the new Windows-running machines become too crippled by viruses and spyware to run either OS efficiently? To the geek forums! —John Mahoney