Following the release of the financial figures for the third quarter of 2012 with the impressive sales of the iPad and a profit of worth $8.8 billion, Apple made the final retail version of OS X Mountain Lion available via its Mac App Store Wednesday.
While millions of Mac users around the world crowded the App Store to purchase and install the latest release of the Apple desktop operating system onto their Macs, there would be definite concerns regarding the software compatibility in the back of their minds. Especially for those using jailbreak tools, any update to Apple's iOS can make tweaks and Cydia packages unusable, thanks to internal changes made by Apple.
As noted by Redmond Pie, though "updating a desktop operating system obviously doesn't have an impact on Cydia tweaks, but it does have the potential to impact the way jailbreak tools work."
With that in mind, here's some good news for Mac-using jailbreakers who have already updated their devices to Mountain Lion. The iPhone Dev Team has confirmed via its official blog that RedSn0w, one of the popular jailbreak tools, is compatible with new Apple OS.
"Redsn0w is compatible with today's retail release of Mountain Lion OS X 10.8. Until we start using an official developer ID for it (!), you'll need to use the new Ctrl-Click-Open security bypass the first time you run it after downloading," said a blog post.
As mentioned in the blog post, those users wanting to use RedSn0w 0.9.14b2 on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion are instructed to Ctrl-Click-Open the app for the very first time in order to bypass the new security features included in the Mountain Lion. RedSn0w can be used to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 and below, untethered on all iOS devices, except for the third generation Apple TV.
Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is currently available for download from the Mac App Store for $19.99. The update comes with a number of new features, including "AirPlay" that allows view your computer's screen on an Apple TV, "Messages" for sending and receiving iMessages on your Mac, "Notification Center," "PowerNap" for receiving software updates during sleep and support for speech-to-text dictation, among others.
When it comes to security, "Gatekeeper" brings Apple-signed digital certificates to apps that aren't sold (or can't be sold) on the Mac App Store, The Verge reported.
Since the Mountain Lion is available only through App Store, unlike Lion, with the Cupertino tech giant not selling USB keys with the software this time, users will have to be running Lion in order to upgrade. Moreover, users who have purchased a new Mac on or after June 11, will get a free copy of Mountain Lion through Apple's Up-to-Date program, the report added.