TechTalk: Apple Unveils Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple will soon be launching its latest big cat-themed Mac OS X, version 10.8: Mountain Lion. At 8:30 a.m. EST Thursday, the developer preview version of the new OS was live and available to Apple’s huge number of app makers.
The new OS is a few more vital steps closer to fully connecting your world on the Mac with that on your iPhone and iPad. This OS dumped iChat in favor of iMessage and of course, Twitter, almost making your Mac moonlight an iPad.
However, it is not really the one OS that rules it all. OS 10.7, or Lion, launched in July 2011 has captured the hearts 30% of Mac users who have it already installed, while another 50% still favor the Snow Leopard. The iPad also clearly influenced the success of the device. It introduced such iOS-like features as multi-touch gestures on the trackpad and a “launchpad” of apps that looked just like iPad’ home screen.
With these developments, are the Mac OS X and the iOS heading for a merger?
Right now, the iOS has practically moved in to Mac’s crib. According to Mashable.com, if Lion was a toothbrush in the bathroom, Mountain Lion is a chest of drawers in the bedroom. Reminders, iMessage, Game Center, Notifications, iCloud and Twitter integration — all iOS’s most intimate stuff is here, and it all pretty much looks the same as it does on the iPad. Most of it is designed to sync up so it is exactly the same.
The new Mac OS also has given up most of its usual features such as bouncing icons on the dock, replaced by classy notification banners down the side of the screen. And, as said, the “vintage” iChat has also been replaced by iMessage which lets you IM your contacts.
Sounds inviting right? But as TV shopping channels would say, “But wait, there’s more!”. Airplay will also be available on the new OS, which can seamlessly mirror your desktop on an HDTV. There is also a separate Notes App,where you can attach notes to the desktop like stickies.
Things are definitely going to be a lot more fun with the Mountain Lion.This of course,
this new younger partner is about to give the Mac a new lease on life. The cost however, has not been released yet.