Apple announced a new OS today, Mac OS X Mountain Lion. I won’t go into the details as this is mainly a Simming blog, if anyone’s interested you can read about it here on Apple’s website. It will probably be released late summer this year but as of now the Developer Preview is available for those signed up to it. That last bit is really important because responsible developers will want to test their current software on the new OS to make sure it works come release day. Responsible developers, get it?
As us Mac users know, EA have apparently failed to sign up to Apple’s Developers Program, therefore failing to be a responsible developer. Lion was released last July and caused havoc for Sims 3 players on Macs, for most making it completely unplayable until EA released a patch. But this could have been avoided if EA had downloaded the Developer Preview, and subsequent versions, which had been available since the previous February, a whole 5 months before public release. It only costs $99 for god’s sake!
This all brings me onto a new feature built into the forthcoming OS called Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is a new security feature which will only allow applications to run if they are downloaded from either the Mac App Store or from the Mac App Store and identified developers (you can of course set it to allow you to run any application downloaded). An identified developer is a developer who has their own unique Developer ID from Apple with a digital signature so you know that the download and install will be safe. Do you think EA will sign up to this so Mac users running OS X 10.8 won’t get a warning every time they download and install a newly purchased EA game? I’m not holding my breath. They take our money, state it’s Mac compatible even when their own people admit to not having had any experience with a Mac, and then promptly ignore their ‘beloved Mac folk’. You have all been warned……. By the way, is this new feature similar to the Windows Trusted Certificate? Can a Windows user tell me? I’m genuinely interested 🙂
Amongst all the other features in the new OS there’s one more that really stands out and for me will be the sole reason for updating, Airplay Mirroring. Airplay Mirroring allows you to stream your entire desktop wirelessly to your TV via Apple TV. So I could play the Sims on my TV effectively. We’re big into wireless stuff in our house. We already have a couple of Apple TVs and are completely addicted to them. One in our sitting room and one in our bedroom. I can watch or listen to anything in my iTunes library on either TV or both at the same time. We also have an Airport Express hooked up to our stereo so we can play music wirelessly from our Macs, PCs (yes, we have a Windows PC in the house) and iPhones. It makes cleaning the house more entertaining when I can blast out AC/DC or the Foo Fighters in three separate rooms!
To most of you this probably isn’t very interesting but, to the Mac users out there, it’s very, very cool 😉