OS X Mountain Lion

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OS X 10.8
Version of OS X
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Version10.8
CodenameMountain Lion
Preliminary name
Architecturex64
Latest build12F45
Release date2012-07-25
Support end2015-09
SKUs
Desktop
Server
Replaces
Mac OS X 10.7
Replaced by
OS X 10.9

OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" is a version of Mac OS X released in 2012. It introduced various revamps to the Lion user interface and fixed many of the paradigms that were found to be controversial in Lion. A few feature to OS X, Gatekeeper, prevents unsigned code from running on a Mac by default (in an attempt to prevent malware), although it can be disabled. A system-wide notification system has also been ported from iOS, known as Notification Center.

This version of Mac OS X is the first to drop support for 32-bit kernels and corresponding 32-bit hardware. The decision to drop 32-bit architectures was made late in the development process, as early betas shipped with a 32-bit kernel.

Software Update is also now part of the App Store in this version of OS X.

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