Apple released today a developer version of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, revealing new features of their upcoming operating system for Mac laptops and desktops.
OS X Mountain Lion brings to Apple’s computers many features found on iOS mobile OS and relies heavily on iCloud cloud service for storing data on iCloud servers and sharing them across different devices.
- Upcoming OS X will get Messages app, for free text, image, and video messaging between people using Macs, iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Current iChat app will be dropped.
- Reminders lets users manage to do lists and provides automatic sync with Apple’s mobile devices via iCloud.
- Notes app is included for creating notes with text, images, and links and it also syncs them across the devices.
- Another important feature is iOS-like Notification Center, providing unified way to keep track on new messages, emails, calendar events, reminders, and system updates, as well as notifications from third party apps. Notifications pop up in a similar way like on iOS.
- Mountain Lion has Share Sheets, a button for sharing links, images, files, and more via email, messages, Air Drop, Twitter, Flickr, etc. using only a few clicks within any app containing the button.
- Twitter integration into OS will enable users to tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet.
- Mac users will have Gaming Center on their computers with OS X ML, just like on iOS. This enables gaming in a social way across OS X and iOS devices.
- Air Play mirroring, which is already available on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, lets users wirelessly stream content from a Mac to an external Apple TV-connected screen.
- For enhanced security, upcoming OS X will come with Gatekeeper. It will check if an third-party app is safe to install on the system.
Another thing, which may look minor, is actual name of Apple’s next OS for Macs. The OS will be called simply OS X Mountain Lion, without Mac prefix. One of the explanations for this is that Apple wants to make a bolder line between software (OS X) and hardware (Macs).
Final version of Mountain Lion 10.8 will be available in late summer 2012.