When I bought my iMac almost 2 years ago, it came with OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard installed. It was my first taste of Apple’s operating system, and I was lost pretty well from the start. Eventually I started to figure things out… just in time for them to come out with OSX 10.7 Lion. Well it’s the time of year again… another big cat release from Apple, this time OSX 10.8 otherwise known as Mountain Lion.
I have to say that I’m a huge fan of Apple’s release structure… $20 for an incremental release, unlike Microsoft’s $400 Windows releases every few years? And you simply download it through the App Store? Sweet! (The App Store, btw, is brilliant… once you have an app purchased, it’s yours forever and you can re-download it from the cloud if anything ever happens to your copy)
I can’t tell you how long it took to download and install Mountain Lion. I started the download on my lunch break, and it was completed by the time I got home. The installation portion says that it takes 30 mins. I didn’t time it, but it seemed longer than that. Maybe it was just the anticipation that made it feel longer than it was.
I was a little worried when my iMac rebooted and showed the old Lion background. I actually had to go find the system properties to see whether I was running the new OS. I was, but I guess that I had expected it to change my background… which sitting here thinking about it now, doesn’t make much sense… but it was still an irrational fear at the time.
So how does it work?
It’s fast. Noticeably faster than Lion. My iMac only has 4 GB of RAM, and things seemed a little pokey under Lion. Not anymore! I’m still looking to upgrade the memory, but right now I’m enjoying the boost of speed courtesy of the new OS.
Mountain Lion syncs with iOS devices, so now my messages and notifications appear on my iPhone / iPad as well as my iMac… and soon to be Mac Air… I love being able to pick up any device and get the same experience, no matter which one I’m using. It would be nice if I could play my iOS games on the iMac, but I’m sure that’s coming in another release someday.
I’m still finding little things as I play with it, and it will take some time before I can really say that it’s awesome… but even considering the speed increase and integrated messaging, I’d say those 2 features alone make it worth the $20.