Mountain Lion

Windows 8 released, one-third of users consider Apple

Most Windows users in the U.S. know about Windows 8 but few have immediate plans to upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system.

What’s more, about one-third of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP users who are ready to buy a new personal computer say they intend to switch to an Apple product.

Fascinating numbers for me, but they must be frightening for Microsoft. Imagine that one-third of your customers — 350,000 people in this survey — decide that your product is so bad, they are switching to the competition. Microsoft has run out of goodwill from its users.

Apple releases Mountain Lion v10.8.1

The update contains the following changes:

  • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
  • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
  • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

Bring back Web Sharing in Mountain Lion

Adam Engst:

But it’s important to distinguish the marketing discussion of new features from release notes about precisely what has changed, and one change might have escaped your notice: the elimination of the Web Sharing options in the Sharing pane of System Preferences.

Adam gives a couple of suggestions on how to bring the feature back for those that need it.

Mountain Lion tops 3 million downloads

Apple on Monday said OS X Mountain Lion topped 3 million downloads in just four days, making it the most successful operating system release in the company’s history. Mountain Lion is only available through the Mac App Store and costs $19.99.

The stupid, lame and lazy Mountain Lion headlines

In 2001 when Mac OS X was first released, it was forgivable. In 2012, it’s not only old, it’s just downright lazy. I’m talking about those pathetic headlines that Web sites use to usher in a new release of Apple’s operating system. You know the ones I’m talking about — “Mountain Lion roars” or “Mountain Lion leaps.” […]

Pro Tools and Mountain Lion

Avid have posted a knowledge base article on Pro Tools compatibility with Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion. While the article talks about Gatekeeper, it doesn’t say that Pro Tools will not work with the new operating system.

I’ll be installing Pro Tools on Retina MacBook this weekend to see how it works.

Mountain Lion e-book

MacStories is pleased to announce their first eBook, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion, for $6.99. With a detailed review of Mountain Lion, numerous sections covering its new apps and features in depth, and 30% of its proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion is a great way to learn about Mountain Lion, support MacStories, and fight cancer all at once.

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion

I flew to New York last week to meet with Apple executives and talk about Mountain Lion, the company’s next major version of OS X. I also picked up the final version of the operating system before it was released to the public and have been using it on a Retina MacBook Pro, doing my final evaluations.

There will be tens of thousands of words published on Wednesday when Mountain Lion hits the Mac App Store, but what you really want to know is whether Mountain Lion is worth the upgrade. Let’s get that out of the way now — yes, it is definitely worth it. […]

I’ll be speaking at the Úll iOS/OS X conference in Ireland this April

I’m excited to tell you that I have accepted an invitation to speak at the Úll Conference in Dublin, Ireland next month.

Úll is a conference for iOS / OSX / mobile web developers and designers. The three day event will include workshops, keynotes, talks and in-depth presentations on all the aspects of building, designing and marketing your apps.

I’ll be joining a nice line-up of speakers including Michael Lopp, Horace Dediu and Matt Gemmell, among others.

Windows relevance

Robert Scoble:

Windows still relevant? Of course it is. Earlier this week I said that even if Windows 8 is a total failure it would still sell hundreds of millions of units (which means expectations on Microsoft are still to sell many hundreds of millions of units if this is a success). That’s a long way from not being relevant.

I get what Robert’s talking about and agree that they will sell millions whether it sucks or not. Still, it’s a sad statement that its sales, not its abilities that make it relevant.

Mountain Lion security and AppleScript

Lex Friedman: To the average user, the two new security technologies coming to OS X this year—sandboxing and Gatekeeper—should be virtually invisible. But they could be all too visible to more advanced users, particularly those who use AppleScript and Automator. … Continued


Longtime Mac developer Daniel Jalkut writes a great article on Gatekeeper and Sandboxing.

OMG iOS is being OS X-ified

I’m going to use the same faulty logic that some people have used to claim that OS X Mountain Lion is being iOS-ified to show how iOS is being Mac-ified. Calendars: On the Mac first as iCal, clearly Apple added … Continued

Moving in together

For many, the announcement of OS X Lion was viewed with a great deal of negativity. Perceived as subverting the complexity of OS X, Lion was painted by many as an unwelcome agent of change – an entity seeking to castrate the strength of the Mac. Boasting nascent implementations of iOS features, many were quick to point accusatory fingers at the budding mobile operating system. OS X was courting a younger, sleeker companion, and its personality was starting to change – starting to dress a little better and clean up its act. Many felt betrayed. […]

no. No. NO!

Ina Fried:

Although they are doing it in different ways, Apple and Microsoft are aiming for a similar goal with their next desktop operating systems: To make the computer more like the phone.

This just isn’t what’s happening. Microsoft is trying to shoehorn one operating system into the desktop and mobile spaces, but that will ultimately fail. They are different platforms and should be treated differently. […]

First Look: OS X Mountain Lion

Apple on Thursday unveiled OS X Mountain Lion, the next generation desktop operating system. I’ve been using Mountain Lion for about a week now and it’s packed with new features that existing Mac users and iOS users will enjoy.

Mountain Lion will be released this summer. Pricing isn’t currently available, but it should come as no surprise that Mountain Lion will only be available via the Mac App Store when it’s released. […]