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Round-Up of OS X Mountain Lion Reviews [Updated x 1]

The first reviews of OS X Mountain Lion (a.k.a. OS X 10.8) hit the web a while ago. Below  are a linked list of reviews from people who are very well respected in the Apple/Mac/Tech Community. If you identify yourself as a Mac Geek then you have to check out John Siracusa’s Epic and exhaustive Mountain Lion Review that is linked below:

Mountain Lion - John Gruber / Daring Fireball

But what exactly do users get for their twenty bucks? In short: a nicer, more polished version of Lion…..Mountain Lion isn’t billed as a blockbuster release, and it isn’t priced like one. It’s just nicer. And it’s the little things, the attention to detail, that show it best.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review - John Siracusa 

Where Lion stumbled, Mountain Lion regroups and forges ahead.

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. Despite the oft-cited prediction that Mac will eventually be subsumed by iOS, that’s not what’s happening here. Apple is determined to bring the benefits of iOS to the Mac, but it’s equally determined to do so in a way that preserves the strengths of the Mac platform.

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion - Jim Dalrymple / The Loop

Mountain Lion costs $19.99 and comes with more than 200 new features — that’s a bargain at twice the price. The operating system is stable, secure and it has made my working and personal computing life much better.

You can’t ask for much more from your next operating system. At $19.99 it’s a steal.

OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness - MG Siegler / Tech Crunch

It’s definitely the most polished and robust version of OS X yet. If you liked Lion, you’ll love Mountain Lion. If you didn’t like Lion, you’ll probably love Mountain Lion even more because it seems to fix a lot of the performance/quirkiness issues that some folks were having with the last version of OS X.
…Overall, Mountain Lion feels like the most natural step yet towards the convergence of iOS and OS X. 
…It’s hard to imagine how Apple will further refine OS X from here. Maybe they don’t — maybe OS XI (OS 11?) is next. Or maybe Apple has one more big cat left in the bag (in terms of nicknames, there really only are a couple left). For now, Mountain Lion will stand atop the mountain. It’s solid, polished, and perhaps most importantly, cheap.

I found Mountain Lion to be a stable, solid release. Mountain Lion is the next step after Lion. 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.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review - Nilay Patel / The Verge

Mountain Lion Feels Utterly Smooth and Responsive…you should spend the $20 and upgrade to Mountain Lion, especially if you have a newer Mac. You’ll gain a handful of must-have features, and everything will get faster and smoother. I haven’t really missed Snow Leopard at all since upgrading, which is remarkable considering how much I disliked Lion.

Mountain Lion isn’t “what Lion should have been”: it’s what Lion has become thanks to the maturation of Apple’s ecosystem and the increasing adoption of iCloud by customers. Apple couldn’t have shipped Lion with this iCloud-based experience last year, as it wouldn’t have made much sense without iCloud-powered iOS devices to go along with it. But now, it’s the right time to make OS X a more refined, solid, and connected product that can properly fit into a larger ecosystem.
By placing iCloud front and center, and by delivering a seamless experience of apps and features, Mountain Lion represents Apple — a company of hardware, software, and services — at its best.

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 using iCloud to tie them all together. People have been praising Apple for seamlessly melding hardware, software and services for so long that it’s practically a cliché. But OS X 10.8 makes it feel like a fresh idea all over again–and the more Apple gear you own, the more you’ll get out of it
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 review - Brain Heater / Engadget

Does Mountain Lion its $20 Price Tag? Of Course it Does.
OS X Mountain Lion: The TUAW review - Richard Gaywood 

The overall impression I get from Mountain Lion is one of cohesion, on several fronts.
…Mountain Lion is certainly a worthy upgrade that, whilst it doesn’t contain any life-changing upgrades over Lion, makes OS X a more productive operating system than ever before in a value-for-money package.
Apple Unleashes Its New Mountain Lion System - Katherine Boehret / All Things D

The line between personal computers and mobile devices has been blurring for years. With the release Wednesday of Apple’s newest operating system, called Mountain Lion, shifting between these devices has become even more natural.
See Also:
Official Press Release 
Official Mountian Lion Website
Michael Gartenberg: With Mountain Lion, Macs, iPhones and iPads can all get along
Update: Added Harry McCracken’s Review. 

Happy Eleventh Birthday, Mac OS X!

Mac OS X or OS X as Apple calls it now is celebrating its 11th birthday today. The first version of Mac OS X (a.k.a. Cheetah) was released to the public on March 24, 2001. Coincidentally, March 24, 2001 was also a Saturday.

Apple has gone from being a perennial underdog to technology giant in those 11 years.

Apple’s Share Price and Market Cap on March 24, 2001 was $11.50, $15.92 biilion dollars (US) and Apple’s Share Price and Market Cap as of March 23, 2012, $596.05, $555.7 Billion dollars (US) respectively. 

Apple’s phenomenal growth in the past 11 years has been largely due to populatity of iDevices like the iPad, iPhone and the iPad but people tend to underestimate the importance of Mac OS X. Mac OS X spawned the existence of iOS, So without Mac OS X there would be no iPhone and iPad.

Is Apple meting out step motherly treatment to Mac OS X?  Will iOS and Mac OS merge in the future? Well, i don’t know the answer to those questions. For now, i just want to celebrate the existence of Mac OS X. I want to thank people who helped create Mac OS X and i want to thank all the people who’ve worked on the different versions of the OS over the years. 

A Very Brief History of Mac OS X:

Apple Unveils Max OS X on January 5th, 2000 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco

Mac OS X v10.0 (a.k.a Cheetah)

- Public Release: March 24, 2001

- Press Release

- John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.1 (a.k.a. Puma) 

- Public Release: Spetember 25, 2001

- Press Release

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.2 (a.k.a. Jaguar)

- Public Release: August 24, 2002

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.3 (a.k.a Panther)

- Public Release: October 24, 2003

- Official Website

- Press Release

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger)

- Public Release: April 29, 2005

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

- Apple Announces Intel Transition on June 6, 2005

- Mac OS 10.4.4 (codenamed Marklar) becomes the First Mac OS X version to run on an Intel based Mac.

How ‘Marklar’ OS X on Intel owes its start to a one-year-old boy

- Tiger was the Longest Running Version of Mac OS X. Its reign lasted from April 2005 to October 2007 (Roughly 30 months).

Mac OS X v10.5 (a.k.a. Leopard)

- Public Release: October 26, 2007

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.6 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard)

- Public Release: August 28, 2009

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.7 (a.k.a. Lion)

- Public Release: July 20, 2011

- Mac OS X Lion becomes the first Mac OS X version to be released on the Mac App Store as a digital download. 

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.8 (a.k.a Mountain Lion)

- Public Release: Sometime in the Summer of 2012

- Pre-release Press Release

- Official Website

- Phil Schiller Talks Mountain Lion with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber

Apple releases public beta of Messages, replacing iChat »

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple is doing away with its messaging app iChat and replacing it with a new app called Messages.

With Messages you can chat with someone using their Apple ID or phone number, just like you can using iMessage on iOS. You can also use traditional chat services like AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, and Jabber, so anyone that has your old iChat handle will still be able to contact you using that information.

Here’s the great thing about Messages. It keeps the conversations synced between devices.

You can download the public beta here