Is it worth buying the new Mountain Lion OS X for my Macbook Pro? Watch

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Basically as the title suggests, is it worth getting the new Mountain Lion OS upgrade for £13.99?

I am running Lion OS right now on my Macbook Pro, and I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm looking at all the new features available and I'm getting the feeling that as I don't have an iPhone or iPad (I have an Android device), I wouldn't be able to take full advantage of the upgrade so there is not really much point upgrading (for example I use Dropbox which is also synced to my phone, so iCloud integration would be pretty useless for me). Although I must admit, I do like the look of the new Dictation and Power Nap features.

What's your opinion?
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the simple answer is. would you pay 14 quid for dictation and power nap?

I'm still on snow leopard and everything works fine as it is. All that will happen when I upgrade is some of my programs may stop working properly, and I'm not prepared to risk that
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the simple answer is. would you pay 14 quid for dictation and power nap?

I'm still on snow leopard and everything works fine as it is. All that will happen when I upgrade is some of my programs may stop working properly, and I'm not prepared to risk that
There's more to ML than power nap (which you get on certain MB models (Air + MBr)).

I've been on ML since the GM. It's smoother than Lion, but I'm still undecided whether it's worth that much
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There are some considerable security enhancements that would definitely be worth having installed.
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There are some considerable security enhancements that would definitely be worth having installed.
Such as?
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£14 is nothing

Windows upgrades cost £50

I'll probably buy it and do a fresh install. Mac's getting a little slugish.
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Such as?
Gatekeeper, further implementation of App sandboxing from Lion, further implementation of ASLR


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Gatekeeper, further implementation of App sandboxing from Lion, further implementation of ASLR


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Sand boxing came later in Lion. ASLR isn't helping that much. Gatekeeper is common sense


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Just upgraded to Mountain Lion and it is very snappy compared to Lion.

I think new features like notification centre, messages, notes, reminders and power nap are all certainly worth £14.

And yes, I am typing this with my mouth using dictation.
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EDIT: I must also say I used Carbon Copy Cloner to make a clone of my drive. I then formatted my SSD and installed Mountain Lion. Then used the migration assistant to move all my files, applications and settings back. Going well so far.
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Just upgraded to Mountain Lion and it is very snappy compared to Lion.

I think new features like notification centre, messages, notes, reminders and power nap are all certainly worth £14.

And yes, I am typing this with my mouth using dictation.
Can't use Power Nap

I don't use Notes or Reminders on my Mac :/ messages is good though.


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Sand boxing came later in Lion.
Yes I know, hence the reason I stated so.

ASLR isn't helping that much.
ASLR is very useful in preventing exploits like buffer overflows, it's well worth having in order to stop a computer from being pwnd. Macs are unix based systems and are no stranger to exploits

Gatekeeper is common sense
Yes but it can help nontechnical users from installing malware





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Yes I know, hence the reason I stated so.
ASLR is very useful in preventing exploits like buffer overflows, it's well worth having in order to stop a computer from being pwnd. Macs are unix based systems and are no stranger to exploits
Yes but it can help nontechnical users from installing malware
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I know what ASLR is and I certainly know that OS X is Unix certified.

Gatekeeper just reminds me of something in Windows that doesn't want me to run executables I download from the internet. It's bloody annoying, for me.
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£14 is nothing

Windows upgrades cost £50

I'll probably buy it and do a fresh install. Mac's getting a little slugish.
Windows upgrades add a lot more and they're far less frequent
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Windows upgrades add a lot more and they're far less frequent
7 was an improved Vista.


And 8 will be a no go. I plan on sticking with Windows 7.
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It's only £14 :/

If you're unsure, just read Siracusa's review.
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It's not directly related to the OP's question but I bought my Macbook Pro 3 weeks ago and they told me that I could upgrade it to mountain Lion for free when it comes out. When I go to the AppStore though they ask for a payment... So how can I download it for free?
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It's not directly related to the OP's question but I bought my Macbook Pro 3 weeks ago and they told me that I could upgrade it to mountain Lion for free when it comes out. When I go to the AppStore though they ask for a payment... So how can I download it for free?
Took me less than a minute to find this

http://www.apple.com/osx/uptodate/


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(Original post by ct2k7)
Took me less than a minute to find this

http://www.apple.com/osx/uptodate/


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Thanks! I looked on the German Apple website which is a bit different sometimes...
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