Developers in motion, software on the move. Apple has released the OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master to devs and third-party vendors have been delivering apps compatible with the new Mac desktop operating system. Given GeekBench’s status as the go to app for Mac benchmarking, it is not surprising that Primate Labs are among the first to deliver OS X 10.8 compatibility.
GeekBench 2.3.4 (blog) is here and comes to market with significant under the hood changes required to claim OS X Mountain Lion compatibility:
• Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper
• Support for Retina Display
• Added ‘geekbench’ tool to Geekbench for Linux
• Improved support for Windows systems with more than 32 cores
• Improved results display on iPhone, iPod touch, and Android
• Improved handset and processor detection on Android
• Fixed spurious high-resolution timer errors on older Windows systems
GateKeeper is an important Mountain Lion check list item as GeekBench is available both via the Mac App Store (free) and direct from Primate Labs — you’re safe.
Additionally, given that Primate is claiming Mountain Lion compatibility generically, one assumes that GeekBench has been sandboxed, which is yet another level of security and protection for your Mac.
More than Mountain Lion
An interesting aside is that Primate Labs states that their user generated benchmark database includes results for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, something that has accurately portended new models in the past. This factoid is being trumpeted around the web as a done deal. The purported 13-inc rMBP is listed as the MacBookPro10,2, which matches Apple’s model naming method.
“Like those other unknown Macs I believe this result is legitimate,” writes Primate Labs’ John Poole. “Like the other results, the system information is quite consistent…”
Whatever the case, let’s all hail our new security overlords in Cupertino…
What’s your take?