19 February 2012 / 1179 words / 235 seconds to read
Apple: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Overview
Apple this week announced the preview of the next major installment of their highly successful Mac OS X Lion, and boy do things get fired up when the developer preview showcases new iPad inspired UI (user interface), Game Center, iCloud in-depth integration, Messages, Reminders, and many more new additions. Apple calls this next major installment OS X Mountain Lion.
Apple developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion (Apple drops ‘Mac’ from OS X Mountain Lion name) got Apple fans fired up (like me, hehe), but also got one major publication fired up as well. The New York Times was not invited to join the other 10 publications invited to developer preview event this week due mainly according to sources for their report of Apple’s supplier worker ethics and working conditions a few weeks ago.
Overall OS X Mountain Lion looks awesome, but what I like and have noticed is the increasing iOS integration into the Mac operating system (OS), which will only increase integration in future OS X updates. I think it’s a smart move from Apple to try to get iOS features on the Mac as they begun in Mac OS X Lion, which seems like was only the start of what Apple plans to do to add those features we love from iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad).
What’s new in OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Mountain Lion as mentioned has taken iPad inspired UI (user interface) and applications to the Mac with a newly inspired Mac version of these features. OS X Mountain Lion doesn’t just have a cool name (hint: Mountain Lion sounds pretty awesome, hehe), but a few tricks up its sleeves, which I’ve noted below.
iCloud – You’ve guessed it, and your wish has come true with more in- depth iCloud integration in OS X Mountain Lion allowing you to place any document in the cloud using your Apple ID and password to easily.
Messages – iChat now gets replaces by its cousin, Messages, which is similar to iMessages in iOS 5 allowing you to pick up conversations you left off on your iPhone or iPad. It’s a truly great addition to the Mac to be able to walk away, and finish a conversation on your Mac on your iPhone on the go when you need to step away from the office or on the run.
Messages supports: iMessages, AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo!, and Jabber Accounts!
Reminders – Reminders are now coming to the Mac, and better than ever with iCloud support to keep all your reminders in-sync with all your iDevices. Make as many lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you’ll get alerts as deadlines approach.
Notes – Notes in OS X Mountain Lion is designed for whatever’s on your mind. Think it up. Jot it down. Make it even more noteworthy with photos, images, and attachments. You can add, delete, and flip through your notes or do a quick search. Notes in OS X Mountain Lion look amazing, and will soon be coming to the nearest Mac App Store near you!
Notification Center – If you’ve heard and/or used Growl on your Mac you are already familiar with notification on the Mac, which is personally not the best experience even with super cool apps like Growl. Apple is now going to bring an iOS 5 feature that made the notification experience friendly, organized, and not distracting. OS X Mountain Lion introduces Notification Center for the Mac. Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything.
Share Sheets – Share anything from anywhere on your Mac now in OS X Mountain Lion. You’ll find the Share button in many OS X Mountain Lion apps. It’s the new, easy way to spread the word — links, photos, and videos, too. Send links from Safari. Send your notes via Mail and Messages. Post photos to Flickr. Send videos to Vimeo. And tweet just about anything.
Twitter – Most of us have used iOS 5 on our iPhone, and it has become a dream come true to tweet just about anything from anywhere on your iDevices, which seems like it can’t get any better than that, but once again Apple makes things better. Twitter deep integration comes to the Mac in OS X Mountain Lion, and keeps you on top of all things Twitter. Sign in once and you’re all set to start tweeting — and you don’t have to leave the app you’re in. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet.
Game Center – Games on the Mac just got a bit more cooler with the new introduction of Game Center for Mac in OS X Mountain Lion, which allows you to play games with others as you would on your iDevices, but also mirror the game your playing on your iDevices on your Mac. Watch out PS3 & XBox things might get a bit rocky on your end. The Mac is about to go up against iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — in a friendly Game Center way. Now it’s a bigger playing field with even more competition. Just create a Game Center account with your Apple ID. Then sign in and you’re in. Friends will find you fast, and you’ll track them down easily.
Airplay Mirroring –Your Mac is on TV. This new feature in Mountain Lion is made for an audience. With AirPlay Mirroring, you can stream what’s on your Mac to your HDTV via Apple TV. Show web pages and videos to friends on the couch. Share lessons with a classroom. Present to a conference room. It’s a big deal for your Mac. And for everyone around it.
Gatekeeper - Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion makes the Mac safer than ever. It helps prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software. And it gives you control over which applications to download and run on your Mac. Now you can choose from three security options.
I’m personally excited to what is coming to all our Macs in the late summer of 2012 (scheduled release date) with the new Mac OS installment of OS X Mountain Lion, and things can only get better as Apple adds more features before its final public release.
OS X Mountain Lion as mentioned is scheduled for release in late summer of 2012, and be available as a digital download only via the Mac App Store.
According to several sources the estimate prices for the updates could be in the similar prices range as Mac OS X Lion of $29.99 USD.
OS X Mountain Lion opens the door to endless potential of what we might see in the future, but hope you’re as excited to what coming soon.
P.S: I’ve gained access to the high quality wallpaper of OS X Mountain Lion you see in all the screenshots above, and will have a post up shortly to download the wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.←