Reviews Apple Mac OS Mountain Lion
9.4
RCT SCORE
RCT SCORE 9.4 / 10

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With over 200 new features and a measely $20 price tag, Apple's Mountain Lion operating system is being widely hailed for (mostly) successfully merging Apple's mobile platform with its desktop. Among the highlights: the ability to use Airplay to share what's on your desktop (or Macbook) with an Apple TV, a "notifications" bar similar to the one found on iOS, new mail and Safari browser features and closer integration with Apple's iCloud.

The list of new features is too long to catalogue here, but reviewers were almost uniformly pleased with what they found - and were especially happy to note that the latest OS could be had for just $20. At that price, even the odd feature miss can pretty easily be excused.

 

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The Lion Roars
Mountain Lion is not the Mac OS of the past, but it also sets a course to a destination that is quite distinct from iOS.
Ars Technica.com
 
Improves Core Apps
Though it's not a complete system or interface overhaul, Mountain Lion's improved core apps and new features make it well worth the $19.99 price.
CNET.com
 
State of the Art
It's Apple's current state of the art. If you're running Lion (or even if you're a holdout running Snow Leopard), I recommend hopping on board.
Macworld.com
 
World's Best OS
Once again, OS X takes the prize as the world's best consumer operating system money can buy, and it looks well positioned to hold off the challenge of Windows 8.
PC Magazine.com
 
Definitely Worth the Upgrade
Set aside any consternation at the continued adaptation of features from iOS. The best thing that Mountain Lion borrows from its leaner, mobile sibling is undoubtedly Notification...
Tech Radar.com
 
How Could You Not Upgrade?
Does Mountain Lion justify its $20 price tag? Yes. Of course it does. If you're an OS X user with a reasonably new piece of hardware, stop what you're doing and upgrade now. There are...
Engadget.com
 
Not Flawless, But Still Great
The big news about Mountain Lion isn't that it's so cheap. It's how it largely completes what Lion started, bringing a common set of features and apps to the Mac, iPhone and iPad and...
Time.com
 
That's a Lot of OS for $20
If there's a one sentence summary of OS X Mountain Lion, it's probably "You're getting a whole lot for twenty bucks."
Slash Gear.com
 
Takes Us Where We Need to Go
What Apple is doing with this new operating system is creating a consistent ecosystem to unify your digital world, from media creation to distribution to viewing and sharing. It's...
Computerworld.com
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