OS X Mountain Lion with Over 200 New Features Including China Specific Available from the Mac App Store

Apple's ninth major release of the desktop operating system dubbed "OS X Mountain Lion", now available from the Mac App Store comes with over 200 new features, includes iCloud integration, new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center. Additional features in Mountain Lion include the revolutionary new Gatekeeper, […]

Apple's ninth major release of the desktop operating system dubbed "OS X Mountain Lion", now available from the Mac App Store comes with over 200 new features, includes iCloud integration, new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.

Additional features in Mountain Lion include the revolutionary new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari browser.

Apple has also launched some exclusive new features for China include significantly improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easy setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, and built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou.

Here is a rundown of the innovative new features in Mountain Lion:

  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices;
  • New Messages app, which replaces iChat and brings iMessage to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac;
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps;
  • system-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo;
  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center;
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you're using an app from Apple or a third party developer;
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what's on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay; and
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they're on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99 on Mac App Store.

Game Center in OS X Mountain Lion

For those, looking to make a bootable USB or SD Card installer, Lion Diskmaker has been updated, just follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have a 8 GB USB or SD card.
  2. Download Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store (Note: the default install deletes the installer image after installation, so you will need to re-download it from Mac App Store/Purchases if you already deleted it.)
  3. Download the latest version of Diskmaker (4MB), and then open it. Select "Mountain Lion (10.8)".
  4. It should find the image. If it does not, browse to the image in your applications folder (or wherever you moved it), and then select "Create a boot disk".
  5. (Amazon has a great selection of 8GB and up USB Sticks and SD Cards starting at $4.99, by the way.)
  6. Make sure your 8GB or greater USB Stick/Drive/SD card is mounted. Choose partition and go.
  7. Done! now you can install local copies of Mountain Lion, even from scratch, without having a 4GB download each time.