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  • Apple Unveils New OS, Say Hello to OS X Mountain Lion

    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.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Unveils New OS, Say Hello to OS X Mountain Lion started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
    1. Behl's Avatar
      Behl -
      Quote Originally Posted by jabij1 View Post
      Is it safe to update to 10.7.3? Are those purported wifi issues still existent? iMessage beta requires it.
      I have a solution for you: turn off N-mode in your router. Use only "g".
    1. nemmy's Avatar
      nemmy -
      if its more iOS inspired where is Siri?
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Wow, and not a single feature I care about.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      has the worst UI I've ever seen.
      That's your opinion I could say iOS is the most boring UI.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      That's your opinion I could say iOS is the most boring UI.
      Of course it's just my opinion
    1. AjBlue's Avatar
      AjBlue -
      See, apple is moving to a faster release cycle, especially if they can provide substantial upgrades each version. You didn't think the new model lion brought out was them just being cheaper? It's so they can provide faster updates to stay ahead of the competition, in return for the cheaper pricetag. Also with appstore os upgrades, it is much easier for them to push out the updates, completely digitally. I for one like this now change. The application icloud syncing is going to be great, You have to admit that its nice that they aren't heavily pushing ios style on us. They are just allowing the desktop and mobile to live together harmoniously. Messages is great, apple having a system in place to abolish cellphone towers, and move to wifi towers. The internet is going to run everything in a few years, radio, calling&messaging, television. We need our societies to move to the internet. The more people that can't get their information from biased old media channels the better.
    1. IGnome's Avatar
      IGnome -
      Can anyone tell me the easiest way to send apple feedback? So far I'm totally unimpressed with lion and want to tell apple in the naive hope they might listen and make changes in mountain lion
      Main gripes so far:
      Calendar totally messed up- no mini calendar,nasty pastel colours no view of Calendar types ( work home etc)

      But my biggest gripe- no show of minimised windows in expose and yet they are shown in expose for individual apps .This has to be a mistake rather than an 'improvement'
    1. Dave_Xiavia's Avatar
      Dave_Xiavia -

      I was listening to Mad Lion while reading this article. LOL
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Xiavia View Post

      I was listening to Mad Lion while reading this article. LOL
      lol, I dont think many people will get that here.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Each of the 10 unveiled features could have been done with 10.7.4 I don't see the need for a complete new OS installation.
      Agreed, none of these things requires an entirely new OS release, they could exist as stand alone downloads for any of the last few OS releases. Windows has been the same way, adding little tidbits here and there. and pretending like it's a completely new OS. "Under the hood" tweaks and patches could have existed as an update (and in some cases do.) The main reason they are doing this is to make more money, but honestly, it's truly getting ridiculous in what's being considered new and the way OS makers are using it as leverage to get people to upgrade.