Apple releases ‘Golden Master’ of OS X Mountain Lion to developers

10 Jul 201281 Views

Apple has released the Golden Master of its forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion operating system to developers – the final version of the OS before it is released to the public.

At Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed that Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store. The new OS will have 200 new features, including Facebook integration and dictation.

The Golden Master has been given a build number of 12A269.

OS X Mountain Lion will be available from the Mac App Store for US$19.99. Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space.

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Among the new features are an all-new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep content up to date across all devices.

“The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing.

“With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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