Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion heralds annual Mac operating system updates

“Apple’s iPhones and iPads get most of the attention, but Apple is now directing the spotlight on the Mac,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times.

“There had been rumors swirling that Apple was back-burnering the Mac, but that’s hard to believe after Thursday’s announcement: from now on, Apple will update Mac OS X once a year,” Pogue reports. “It will start this summer with Mac OS X 10.8, code-named Mountain Lion, only a year after the Lion version was released.”

Pogue reports, “The real shocker, though, is that for the first time, Apple decided to give tech reviewers an early, early version of Mountain Lion — not just months before its release to the public, but even before its release to its developer (programmer) community.”

Pogue reports, “You also have to wonder how Apple will keep numbering Mac OS X, since it’s already at version 10.8. (Actually, Apple’s people told me: They have no problem with double-digit decimal points, like Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.11, and Mac OS X 10.12.) The bigger question is how long it can keep coming up with big cat names. Mac OS X Bobcat? Mac OS X Cougar? Mac OS X Really Fat Tabby?”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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  1. 8 – 8 – oh i can not wait for 8…
    this summer will be great !!!

    I figure Apple needed to call 10.7.4 something better sounding. When Windows 8 arrives we got 10.8 to compare.

  2. As a lover of astronomy and physics, might I suggest Apple name next generation OS’s after Astrological events, constellations, galaxies or even Stars. i.e. Supernova, Orion, Andromeda and of course Beetle Juice.

  3. Some might say that Mountain Lion heralds annual OS X upgrades like a fart heralds the appearance of turds. Time will tell whether Apple has gone around the bend or not.

    1. Why is it you want to post anti Apple slurs on every news story that MDN has put out today.

      It’s very obvious you are a Troll and a very bad one at that.

      Also, very bad attempt at provocation on the OS X Mountain Lion Story, by the way keep it up.
      Apple Trolling is very amusing from obvious haters and is comic relief in its own right.

      But you may do better by just getting a life…

      1. It’s very obvious that you are a moron. I love Apple. I might very well have gotten my first Mac when you were in diapers. But I don’t automatically love everything does just because it’s Apple doing it. If you don’t like my opinions, feel free to ignore them. Otherwise, f**k off.

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