Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Preview
- OS X Mountain Lion takes ideas from iPhone and iPad to the Mac
February 16, 2012 - This Thursday, Apple released a developer preview of an update for the Mac operating system, dubbed "Mountain Lion," that will copy more features and apps from the iPhone and iPad to the Mac. From the Apple INC, we know that Apple's new operating system "OS X Mountain Lion" will be released this summer. Mountain Lion introduces Messages, Notes, Reminders ,and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. Apple said the new software will be on sale this summer, a year after it released the latest update, "Lion." The preview version will help software developers make products that take advantage of the new features of the operating system.
Some experts argue that this release is highly unexpected, as there are still a lot of errors and bugs in Lion. Well, maybe Apple decided to fix them right in a completely new edition of the OS? Howbeit, Apple promises to release a stable version already this summer.
OS X Mountain Lion Preview:
The key specialty of the OS X Mountain Lion is that it embraces numerous features from the company's mobile iOS 5. Some of those features were introduced already in 10.7, but this developer release marks much closer intergration of mobile technologies into desktops and laptops. Let's get a more thorough view of them.
First of all, the new Mac OS X is characterized by the deeper integration of iCloud, the corporate cloud storage service. So, the main idea of the developers is to allow users to store all the data on a remote server, and thus have instant access to them from any device. Well, hard to argue that it's very convenient, isn't it?
OS X Mountain Lion Message Preview:
The new version of the OS finally features iMessage, one of the favourite messaging services. Apart from using the native protocol, the users will be able to connect the client to their AIM, Google Talk, Jabber and Yahoo Messenger accounts and enjoy communication in a new, more comfortable way. By the way, for the most impatient ones, the beta version ( unfortunately, working only on Mac OS X 10.7.3 and higher) is already there.
One of the distinguishing features of iOS 5, Push Notifications, is now available on Mac OS X (still in development, don't forget :( ). The sliding panel with notifications will be on the right side of the screen, almost like on any Apple's mobile device, and will show all the necessary notifications about events and activities.
Many of the features of iOS are present in the new Mac operating system. There’s one glaring exception: no Mac computers have touchscreens, at least not yet.
The upgrades we see in Mountain Lion are impressive, however, and include:
- A new Messages application, which replaces iChat;
- A Notification Center, reminiscent of iOS;
- Reminders and Notes applications;
- Game Center;
- And a move away from iCal to Calendar and away from Address Book to Contacts.
See More Apple OS X Mountain Lion Introduction, click here .
Apple is also doubling down on iCloud. You can now synchronize your mail, contacts, and calendar, documents, photos and videos across all your Macs, iPhones, and iPads. This is a huge step forward for Apple, though nowhere near the sort of massive UI overhaul we’re going to see with Windows 8 from Microsoft.
Hopefully it also means we’re going to see a new touchscreen iMac in the near future, and possibly even touch-enabled MacBooks.
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