Running Mountain Lion on your Mac (Update)
With OS 10.8 Mountain Lion coming out soon, I thought it would be good to talk about upgrading to Mountain Lion. Apple has issued a very specific list of models that Mountain Lion can be installed on. After doing some research as to Apple's list of Macs, I discovered it wasn't necessarily the Mac itself but it's video card that is the issue. Mountain Lion is relying more heavily on the Graphics Processing Unit or GPU than in past versions of the Mac Operating System. One interesting question I've come across a few times is, "If you have an older Mac Pro tower and you were to upgrade the video card, would that older Mac Pro become compatible with Mountain Lion?" The answer is unfortunately no. The first Mac Pros have 32-bit Firmware and in order to run Mountain Lion, the software would have to include a 32-bit OS X Kernel to be compatible with the early Mac Pro's 32-bit Firmware. Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion is a fully 64-bit operating system and is only compatible with Mac Pros with 64-bit EFI Firmware.
Below is Apple's exclusive list of compatible Macintosh models that can be upgraded to Mountain Lion:
Your Mac must be one of the following models:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
8 VERY USEFUL FEATURES IN MOUNTAIN LION OS 10.8
It has been rumored that OS 10.8 Mountain Lion with be released July 25th. I have looked over this new Operating System from Apple and I think there are a lot of improvements over the previous 10.7 Lion release from last year. I will point out here what features I thought were very useful in this new release of OS X. Here is Apple's official list of 200+ New Features if you are curious.
Auto Save was introduced in OS 10.7 Lion where when after you initially Name & Save your document, the software would automatically continually save the changes in the document as you were working on it, there by having separate versions of that document. When you are finished, all you would need to do is close the document. You won't get the usual "Save Changes?" sheet that would come down from the top of the window anymore because your "changes" have already been saved. What OS 10.8 Mountain Lion has added is a new File Directory connected to Apple's iCloud service. This feature is extremely convenient if you have other computer and/or Apple Devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You would have access to your documents on any of your devices. iCloud will offer a Document Library for your documents.
BUILT-IN SOCIAL SHARING
Built-in Sharing will allow you to easily share any information with Twitter and Facebook throughout the Operating System and supported Applications. For Example, you wouldn't need to copy some text that you want to share and switch over to your web browser and log-in to your social network in order to share. In OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, there will be a new button that you can click on to share any text that is highlighted.
Dictation is now built-in to OS X. There is no voice pre-training. It works from the get-go. You can use it anywhere you type. The more you use it, the better it becomes. There is one thing though, in order to use it, you need to have an Internet connection for it to work.
Mail in OS 10.8 Mountain Lion will have a new VIP mailbox which will look out for messages from a person you designate. Also, your Mail Preferences with be pushed to iCloud so that your email settings will be the same on your other Apple devices.
Notes is a new application included with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. Notes' entries will be Pushed to all your Apple devices via iCloud. Be able to drag Photos & Attachments into Notes. Format your Notes with different fonts, rich text, bulleted items and numbered lists. You will also be able to Pin Notes to your Desktop.
A new feature of OS 10.8 Mountain Lion will have a hidden place on the right-hand side of the screen that will group current information from applications such as Calendar and Mail to name just a couple. To access Notification Center, there will be an Icon in the upper right corner of the screen that once clicked on, a sheet will slide out from the right side of the screen listing alerts and current events going on with your other Applications. Notification Center is also the place where you can send a Tweet or Facebook entry right from the Desktop.
Preview which comes with every version of OS X and is equivalent to Adobe Reader, adds access to Documents in the Cloud, the ability to Fill out PDF forms and Insert a page from your Scanner.
Reminders is a new application that's included with OS 10.8 to help you stay organized with To-Do Lists and Location-based reminders. Be able to add a location to a reminder and then receive a notification via iCloud on any of your other Apple devices when you Depart or Arrive at that location using GPS. Reminders also works with Google and Yahoo calendars.
Mac OS X 10.7 LION
Since Apple's announcement of the next release of Mac OS X 10.7 code named "Lion" I've been getting my MacBook prepared for this new Operating System release. In the past few weeks I've been playing with a pre-release version and it does have a different "feel" to it and yet it still has all the familiar things that we are accustom to on the Mac. With the release of the "Magic Pad" and the "Magic Mouse" last year, being Solid State devices and using technology borrowed from the iPhone touch screen with the Swipe & Pinch gestures, I can now see what Apple was preparing to do in this upcoming release of Mac OS X "Lion". If you use the TrackPad on your MacBook or you have one of Apple's new Pointing Devices, then you'll be able to move within your Mac a lot faster and efficiently using different Swipe & Pinch gestures. Apple announced that there are 250 new features in this new release. Playing with the pre-release and going through those new features, Apple is beginning to take the Macintosh to the next level of Ease Of Use. When the Macintosh first came out in 1984, I understood where Apple was coming from. With this next level of Swipe & Pinch gestures, there may be no need for a file system as we know it today, because Apple has incorporated a full auto-save system within Mac OS X Lion. In the next new versions of your favorite Applications running in Lion, they will no longer have the Save Command under the File Menu. You just do your work and Lion takes care of the rest. Lion can also remember where you left off the last time you shut down your Mac if you choose, again to speed things up and make your Macintosh experience more efficient.
By the time Mac OS X Lion is released some time this July, I will be ready to help you get started and you'll end up with a greater user experience than ever before. You can contact me here for any Apple Product related help or any questions you have.
Summer is a Great Time for a TuneUp!
It's June already and in the past I've mentioned that every 6 months it's a good idea to give your Macintosh computer a TuneUp. With the heat of the summer, it can take a toll on your Mac and wear out your hard drive. If that happens, it makes it difficult to recover your Important Files, especially if you don't have a Backup in place. Also, as you are using your Mac and you are getting the Spinning Beach Ball increasingly more often, that's a sign that your hard drive is working too hard searching for all the bits of data to put together in order to bring it up on the screen. At the same time, there can be flaws in certain Applications that can also contribute to the dreaded Spinning Beach Ball which can be corrected. Part of the TuneUp process that I perform includes making sure your Applications are Up-To-Date in addition to correcting internal System Code. If you would like a TuneUp done on your Macintosh; Contact MacMobile Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 994-2886 to schedule an appointment. Stay Cool.
Mac OS X:10.6.2 Update Released This Morning
Apple this morning released a very important update for Mac OS X: Snow Leopard; version 10.6.2. A fatal flaw in Snow Leopard that some users experienced when a user turned on the Guest Account and logged-in, then logged-in to the Administrator Account would loose saved files in that account. Version 10.6.2 fixes that flaw among other fixes in other Apple software titles too. You can obtain the update by running Software Update under the Apple menu, but I recommend installing the Combo update to insure a more thorough installation. Click Here for all the details that the update addresses and to download the Combo update.
Warning: Guest Accounts and Snow Leopard
I've heard that when running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, when the Guest account is activated, there have been some cases of data loss in the main or administrating user account. Until Apple comes up with a fix, I strongly recommend not turning on the Guest account option.