Apple’s new operating system Mountain Lion has, says the company, broken download records, but what do the critics say of this roaring success?
Mountain Lion was downloaded 3 million times in its first four days on the market. So, the people like it, and the tech community has been running the rule over Apple’s latest too.
Cnet were drooling over the new operating system. It found the low price of £13.99 a particular selling point. Its reviewer would have happily paid that for just one of these new features: Notification Center, iCloud Document Library or Notes and Reminders.
Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press’ deputy technology editor, also gave a thumbs up. He said the entry price was worth it for just the iCloud integration. However, he noted that Apple is now definitely prioritising portable devices over desktops.
Hot Hardware’s comprehensive review also rated the updated operating system as well worth the money. With many of its innovations forged on the iPhone and iPad, Ray Willington reckons Apple will use it to convert desktop users to tablets and Windows fans to Macolytes.
Shane Richmond in the Telegraph gave Mountain Lion a four out of five rating. While praising some of the “delightful, Apple 'it just works' features”, he wasn’t so keen on the look of some apps. In browsing and mail, he writes, Apple is behind the curve.
Over at T3 it was yet another round of applause for a ‘powerful and worthwhile upgrade with lots of nifty features and improvements’. The author regrets that some features are only available on flash drive Macs but says the whole system is now faster and leaner.
The latest version of Windows is due in October and will – if early reports are to be believed – confirm what Mountain Lion says about computing now. The desktop PC is giving ground to mobile devices and virtual computing power in the cloud.
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