Who won the MMi pool predicting Mountain Lion as the next big Apple cat?
Apple stealth-bombed the tech world this morning and announced the next version of Apples OSX operating system. Say hello to OS X Mountain Lion.
Mountain Lion (is it bad I keep laughing) will integrate more iOS features into Apple’s desktop OS including Reminders, a desktop Notification Center, Notes, the Game Center, and finally Messages which integrates iMessage across all Apple’s platforms. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is available to those with a developer account now and will be available to everyone else this summer.
New features include iCloud setup that just works. Apple claims you can sign in once with your Apple ID and iCloud is automatically set up across your mac. This means all your reminders, notes, messages and syncable information is automatically pushed to all your devices.
Share information, pictures, videos, and links with the click of button
Apple has also included a new feature called Share Sheets. A share button is now available in a number of Mountain Lion apps. The share button allows users to “spread the word” via links, photos, and videos through services like Flickr, Vimeo and of course Twitter.
Twitter's Apple takeover is now complete with OS X integration.
Speaking of Twitter users can sign in once on Mountain Lion and post from nearly anywhere within the OS. Users can tweet links, photos, and other information directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new “Tweet Sheet.
Perhaps the biggest addition is AirPlay mirroring. This feature previously relegated to iOS devices is now desktop capable. Users can stream whatever is on their Mac to their HDTV via Apple TV. It looks like Apple is prepping the world for the functionality of Apple TV...
Apple HDTV mockup much?
Apple’s new security feature is Gatekeeper and is supposed to prevent users from installing Malware. Users choose between three security options that limit app installs to only apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, install only apps from the Mac App Store and apps that have a Developer ID, or install apps from anywhere like normal.
According to Apple this is only a sneak peek of the features to come in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Expect more information soon as those with developer accounts dig into the new OS. Apple's streamlining of programs across all their platforms is nearly complete. Expect speculation about touch-based MacBooks and iMacs to become even more prevalent now.