Latest Mountain Lion Beta Gets Automatic Downloads Feature

Source: OS X Mountain Lion/ Apple

After announcing the Automatic Downloads feature for the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple revealed that it is slowly coming together in the latest developer preview of the said operating system. The feature will sport a new Notification Center alert for Mac App Store purchases.

Automatic Downloads Feature: What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, the company has unveiled the Automatic Downloads as one of the many features coming to OS X 10.8. Similar to iOS devices, it lets user have App Store software automatically installed on his or her Mac that is registered to iCloud.

It is not yet functional in OS, but a Notification Center post will appear whenever a user buys content from the Mac App Store. The alert allows them to “Turn on Automatic Downloads to always install new purchases.” It has an “Enable” button, which lets them turn on the feature quickly.

Prior to this, the option to turn on “Auto Download Purchases from Other Macs” was available in previous developer preview build of Mountain Lion. But with last week’s release of the latest version of the OS’ developer preview, users are prompted with a notification when App Store content has been bought using their account.

“Apps in the Cloud” and “iTunes in the Cloud”

Late last year, Apple introduced the Apps in the Cloud on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, in line with the release of iOS 5. It enables users to buy apps on one of their devices and have it automatically downloaded on the rest of their machines with the same iCloud account.

The same functionality is already available with the latest iTunes version for OS X 10.7 Lion. The iTunes on the Cloud lets users to automatically download content from iTunes Store to their machine when it is bought through their account using another device.


Identified as Build 12A206J, the newest pre-release build of the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion arrived at the Mac App Store last Wednesday. Its final release is expected to go on sale this summer.

In relation to this, Apple has promised to provide a closer look at the OS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June. It will kick off on June 11 at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, California. Other than the OS X 10.8, the company is also expected to unveil its iOS 6, their next-generation mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad.

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