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OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac

As noted by Zach Kahn (via 9to5Mac), the latest developer build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week sets the stage for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.

Like on the iPhone and iPad, when you buy and install an app on one of your Macs, all of your other Macs logged into the same App Store account will automatically install the app too.

Unfortunately, the feature does not seem to be working completely. While the App Store will still offer to enable automatic downloads (as seen above), it does not actually install anything when you purchase apps from another computer.
Apple has been issuing regular updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. OS X Mountain Lion is currently scheduled to see a public launch in "late summer" of this year and will bring a number of enhancements including several features drawn from iOS such as Notification Center, Game Center, Messages, and Reminders.

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30 months ago
Unless the news is os x mountain lion fixes most of lion's ****, nothing to get excited about.

OS X has lost all it's excitement anyway, no doubt since the b team of apple is developping it, when they do that is, it's become a very problematic os at its core, apple are right to be disallowing it from a older systems because it makes them resource hogs. Anyone out to extend the lifetime of their older mac should simply install windows, period.

They better be giving out for free btw, no one charges for a service pack, not even Microsoft, and with the things lion users had to endure it will be a common decency, of there's any of that left still at apple.
Rating: 39 Votes
30 months ago
the main thing is why he is using dropbox AND google drive?? :confused:
EDIT: Man I love getting down votes.
Rating: 26 Votes
30 months ago

I so want automatic updates. However, automatic App downloads though are a great feature. Can't wait for Mtn Lion!!!


I definitely don't want automatic updates.. sometimes they screw up apps that were previously working perfectly. Now, every time an update is released for an app that is important to me, I give it some time and research if there are any issues with that update.
Rating: 20 Votes
30 months ago

the main thing is why he is using dropbox AND google drive?? :confused:


Why not...? I have both. You can't argue with free cloud storage.
Rating: 13 Votes
30 months ago
Awesome.

Some years seem better than others in terms of new software. I have a feeling that the Mt. Lion/iOS 6 combo will be a 'peak' year that puts the last 2 years to shame.
Rating: 10 Votes
30 months ago

This is going to be very useful. Loving the nice features like this coming from iOS back to the Mac.


And yet more iOSification coming to OS X...while necessary under-the-hood improvements remain at the bottom of the priority stack for Apple.
Rating: 10 Votes
30 months ago

Speak for yourself, you fool! Lion > SL


I wouldn't call him a fool! Anyway maybe it's your personal preference that Lion > SL, but for a solid amount of people it's vice versa!

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Hopefully the new Macbook Pro will come out before the new OS. Who would want to have Mountain Lion pre-installed anyway?


If the new MBS would not be able to run Snow Leopard than unfortunately I wont be buying one. :( Or maybe if the ML will be really improved overally over Lion than I may consider getting one, but most preferably I will get the latest model of MB's or Air that can handle Snow Leopard because for me it's the best OS Apple made so far period.
Rating: 10 Votes
30 months ago
I despair. Yet more reasons not to buy a serious machine for professional work from a phone company.

The dumbing down of what used to be a tremendous OS is depressing.

OSX is dead.
Rating: 10 Votes
30 months ago

Such as?


I would love to be able to turn off Auto Save. I save at known points in my work where everything is in an order I want. I like control over the state of my files. If I try some edits that I don't like, it is very easy to go back to the point I want because I have marked that point with a save. Plus I find the Date Modified field very useful, that is lost if I open the file to check something (which I do a lot).

EDIT: And Versions is a waste of time and causes file bloat. I don't want a record of my work in progress.
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago

the main thing is why he is using dropbox AND google drive?? :confused:


RAID?

It is nice to see that it can be turned off. You might not want all the software you install on your 2TB iMac to appear on your SSD equipped MBA.

I wish there was the option to turn off other iOS inspired features in OS X. Some are useful some of the time, while others are a pain in the neck.
Rating: 9 Votes

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