When Apple first launched Mac OS X Lion in last year around month of July, it attempted to create user experience of Macintosh much closer to that of iPads and iPhone. Now even before all users were accustomed to its user experience, Apple today has unveiled the next version of Mac OS X Lion under name Mac OS X Mountain Lion sporting installment number 10.8. Although this is just a developer’s preview and not all users will have a chance to get their hands on it, soon we can expect it to be released for everyone.
The Mac OS X Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of Mac OS X operating system which will replace Lion, its predecessor and from what we have seen of it, Mountain Lion has retained the familiar look of iOS devices. With the release of this version, it’s clear that Apple is now trying to take on industry leader Microsoft in terms of market share. Apple witnessed hike in its market share in last quarter of 2011.
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At this point Apple hasn’t revealed the pricing factor, still seeing Lion cost $29.99, we can deduce that Mountain Lion will be somewhere around it. The company also kept mum on actual release date of this version, but it is likely to be launched this summer. So all Mac fans please, put your hands together as New Mountain Lion is heading towards us.
Apple has made some important changes in its flagship OS so as to create more simple user interface. For example, iChat is replaced by iMessages. Mountain Lion also sports iCloud support. With this new installment, Apple has tried meshing iOS and Mac experience together, so now all applications as well as services can be synchronized across Mac devices and iOS devices.
Here are few features which have received big changes:
- iChat: this lovely feature of Mac OS X is now replaced by famous iMessages. This is a very useful service for those who virtually live on Mac as with the use of this service all users having Macs, iPads or iPhones can interact with each other. The iMessage service allows unlimited messaging as well as sending attachments up to 100MB. iMessage also carries some other improvements like delivery reports, FaceTime video call integration and so on. Those of you, who want to try this lovely app even before Mountain Lion gets us, go here.
- iCloud support: iCloud is Apple’s first venture into the realms of cloud computing. With the release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, thousands of Mac users will find it easier to store and share files across places. All iCloud aware apps will let you save the copy of document on iCloud directly, so if you make any revisions, those revisions will be available on all iDevices.
- Twitter: With all new Mountain Lion, Apple has sought to integrate famous micro-blogging site into Macintosh. Various apps have received Twitter icon, so that one can share things directly on Twitter.
- Notification Center: Just like iPhone or iPad, now Mac OS x has the central repository which stores all things ranging from calendar reminders to new messages and incoming mails. With this notification center, all the devices having track-pad will be able to detect a new gesture now, i.e. moving two fingers across track-pad to left which shall pull notification center forward. Users without any track-pad device can access this feature using a tiny icon situated in upper right corner of screen.
- Game Center: Apple has also tried wooing more customers towards it by introducing this well-known feature of iOS into Mac. This gaming center of Apple has more than 20k games available.
- Gatekeeper: Though for years Apple has successfully dodged viruses and other threats, company has decided to go for new technology to keep any such attempt at gate with all new Gatekeeper.
- AirPlay Mirroring: If you are one of the users of Apple TV box, this new feature is all for you. With this feature, you can now share your Mac screen with TV without any wires.
Apple has promised many other things than this. All we can say is, it’s Apple! It’s bound to give the best.