With Each Mountain Lion Launch, Apple Delivers Better Performance

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-07-11 Print this article Print

5. Improved performance

With each new Mountain Lion launch, Apple delivers better acceleration, among other improvements, to ensure that the operating system performs more responsively to a user€™s inputs. With Mountain Lion, expect to find better overall performance than in Lion and other previous iterations of the software.

6. The great digital download

Apple€™s decision to once again toss aside disks for a digital download is more than welcome. Digital downloads of operating systems make just about everything easier. And in the long run, they will be the only way software is acquired. It€™s nice to see Apple leading that charge.

7. Working while it€™s asleep

Mountain Lion will ship with a feature it calls Power Nap, according to Apple. Even when the Mac is sleeping, Mountain Lion will update applications, install software updates and more. Basically, Power Nap is designed to increase productivity and limit the impact of updates slowing down computers when users need them most.

8. Social integration

Social integration has become a key feature in all Apple operating systems. And with Mountain Lion, users will find both Twitter and Facebook integration across the platform. From having Facebook friends in the Contacts list to being able to tweet out just about anything from the operating system€™s applications, social integration could be a useful addition to Mountain Lion.

9. Built-in sharing between apps

One of the hallmarks of Apple€™s additions to Mountain Lion is built-in sharing. With it, applications will come with the ability to easily and quickly share information between two programs. The feature will be built into all native applications, of course, but it should also find its way to third-party programs.

10. Say hello to AirPlay

For enterprise users, the iPad€™s support of AirPlay, which sends the device€™s screen to a television, was a welcome addition. But now, that feature is coming to Macs. So, when users want to see their screen on a big-screen television, they can simply send it over to a set. But beware: It€™ll require an Apple TV to work on a television.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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