OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac

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As noted by Zach Kahn (via 9to5Mac), the latest developer build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week sets the stage for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.



Like on the iPhone and iPad, when you buy and install an app on one of your Macs, all of your other Macs logged into the same App Store account will automatically install the app too.

Unfortunately, the feature does not seem to be working completely. While the App Store will still offer to enable automatic downloads (as seen above), it does not actually install anything when you purchase apps from another computer.
Apple has been issuing regular updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. OS X Mountain Lion is currently scheduled to see a public launch in "late summer" of this year and will bring a number of enhancements including several features drawn from iOS such as Notification Center, Game Center, Messages, and Reminders.

Article Link: OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac
 

Dwalls90

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iOS offers automatic downloads? :confused:

I thought you still had to go into the App Store on iOS and click update.
 

nuckinfutz

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iOS offers automatic downloads? :confused:

I thought you still had to go into the App Store on iOS and click update.
It doesn't do automatic updates but if you purchase a new app or song on your iPhone and that app has a iPad version the iPad will start the download automatically.

It's really handy
 

Sky Blue

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iOS offers automatic downloads? :confused:

I thought you still had to go into the App Store on iOS and click update.
It's referring to the feature where if you buy an App on one iOS device, you can set it to automatically download on other devices.
 

newagemac

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This is going to be very useful. Loving the nice features like this coming from iOS back to the Mac.
 

newagemac

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iOS offers automatic downloads? :confused:

I thought you still had to go into the App Store on iOS and click update.
You buy an app, movie, or song on your iPhone, it automatically downloads to your iPad and iPod Touch as well as iTunes. You have to turn this feature on in the settings.
 

w00master

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I so want automatic updates. However, automatic App downloads though are a great feature. Can't wait for Mtn Lion!!!
 

velocityg4

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What would be nice is an automated option for updates to all apps installed to avoid all those update popups on different programs. I stress option. Plus have an option to remove updates like Microsof has for their products but expanded to all software.
 

caligomez

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I so want automatic updates. However, automatic App downloads though are a great feature. Can't wait for Mtn Lion!!!
I definitely don't want automatic updates.. sometimes they screw up apps that were previously working perfectly. Now, every time an update is released for an app that is important to me, I give it some time and research if there are any issues with that update.
 

blow45

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Unless the news is os x mountain lion fixes most of lion's ****, nothing to get excited about.

OS X has lost all it's excitement anyway, no doubt since the b team of apple is developping it, when they do that is, it's become a very problematic os at its core, apple are right to be disallowing it from a older systems because it makes them resource hogs. Anyone out to extend the lifetime of their older mac should simply install windows, period.

They better be giving out for free btw, no one charges for a service pack, not even Microsoft, and with the things lion users had to endure it will be a common decency, of there's any of that left still at apple.
 

TMar

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iOS offers automatic downloads? :confused:

I thought you still had to go into the App Store on iOS and click update.
No, whenever my other half downloads a app on her phone it automatically downloads on mine. I believe it limited to newly purchased apps.
 

Tom8

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I have to query the contents of this article. Apart from price and availability, what else is Apple expected to announce about Mountain Lion at WWDC? Last year the only new things they showed off at WWDC for Lion was Mail & head tracking in photobooth, which is hardly a major feature. Chances are we'll get the standard 10 features demo, with the features being those detailed on the ML page on the Apple website at the minute

That's not to say I'm not excited for ML, which I am
 

nuckinfutz

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Unless the news is os x mountain lion fixes most of lion's ****, nothing to get excited about.

OS X has lost all it's excitement anyway, no doubt since the b team of apple is developping it, when they do that is, it's become a very problematic os at its core, apple are right to be disallowing it from a older systems because it makes them resource hogs. Anyone out to extend the lifetime of their older mac should simply install windows, period.

They better be giving out for free btw, no one charges for a service pack, not even Microsoft, and with the things lion users had to endure it will be a common decency, of there's any of that left still at apple.
That's what a new version is far. A collection of bug fixes and the addition of new features all bundled together in a large update. Of course OS X hasn't lost it's excitement. You've written extensively about issue. Excitement "can" be both good and bad you know? People that have lost interest typically ignore the item they've lost interest in.

I really think updates should be included in ML and iOS 6. I've seen too many phones with app store badge counts in the 20s. Even if you make it easy to update an app ...a lot of people just can't be bothered.
 

thedbp

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One of my favorite Joli OS features

I've been using Joli OS on a few devices, and one of the things I like most about it is that when setting up a new computer or device with Joli OS, it downloads and configures my user environment, including local apps that need to be installed, automatically as soon as I sign in. It's really handy. Saves having to install all the apps separately on each machine, and ensures that no matter what device you're on, it's always up-to-date and in sync. Very cool feature. Glad to see Apple copying this one!
 

Xscapes

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I love how Apple design their products. Make all product connected, once you know how to use either one of them then you will know the rest.
 

hexx

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I've been using Joli OS on a few devices, and one of the things I like most about it is that when setting up a new computer or device with Joli OS, it downloads and configures my user environment, including local apps that need to be installed, automatically as soon as I sign in. It's really handy. Saves having to install all the apps separately on each machine, and ensures that no matter what device you're on, it's always up-to-date and in sync. Very cool feature. Glad to see Apple copying this one!
Apple is using iCloud where it makes sense rather than copying
 
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