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OS X Mountain Lion

Posted 20th February 2012 by    email Email article     share Share article

Apple has announced the next step for OS X only seven months after the release of Lion. This is due to the fact that iOS has developed so quickly. Apple now has decided to adjust OS X to keep up. Read More for Mountain Lion OS X

Mountain Lion OS X – New Features

Messages

This is a new app that is built into the OS.  It more or less replaces iChat with a few small changes. The focus now, is on a more general feel for all of your messages. People who use iMessage often are going to love this. Apple say that there are over 100 Million registered iMessage users and over 26 Billion iMessages have been sent since the launch of iOS 5 in October.

Messages seems to have taken the best bits of iMessage, including delivery and read receipts. You can drag and drop both photos and videos from OS X to send them to iMessage users on iOS. FaceTime is another great feature that can be used now from inside the app. Group messaging is another new feature.

 

Reminders

Anyone with an iOS 5 device should  know by now what the reminders app is and does. Basically it’s apples version of a to-do list. Previously such a feature appeared in the calendar in OS X, however this is not the case anymore as it takes the form of it’s very own app. Also thanks to iCloud every reminder set will be synced between all your devices (iOS and OS X Mountain Lion) so you can totally keep in touch with all your reminders.

 

Notes

This is the same idea as reminders, Apple has seemingly taken an iOS app and built a self standing version for OS X. The new version includes a few nice touches. You can now drag and drop photos and it’s also now possible to pin a note to the desktop (sticky notes). Likewise with reminders this is all synced with iCloud bringing all your notes to all your devices (iOS and OS X mountain Lion).

Notification Center

One of the star features of iOS has been push notifications, and as you may have guessed they are making an appearance in OS X with Mountain Lion. This will appear on the right of any screen you’re on, hidden until triggered (you can configure how you wish to trigger). Triggering will shift the desktop to the left and show all notifications in a way very similar to iOS.

Two types of push notifications feature in Mountain Lion, alerts and banners. Alerts pop up and provide the option of ‘Close’ or ‘Show’. Banners show up for five seconds in the upper right of the screen then fade away, however you can decide the configurations for each. Currently only Apple apps have this feature, however in future many speculate any app from the app store will have access to it.

Share

In iOS, it’s easy to share something from just about any core Apple app (Safari etc.). Sharing will now feature in Mountain Lion (right facing arrow button as seen in iOS).

For example, if you use safari you will now be able to send things like the web address with just two clicks. This is also the case for photos, videos and documents. Unlike the notification centre, the share feature isn’t limited to just Apple apps. Vimeo and Flickr have come on board, thus bringing many more possibilities to play with.

 

Twitter

Just like iOS 5 Twitter integration is coming to OS X Mountain Loin, meaning you can tweet just about anything from just about anywhere all in two clicks. The interface will look familiar if you have used the iOS 5 integration, now you’ll be able to attach photos, web links and even Mac App Store links.

You will be able to sign-in to your Twitter account from the settings area in Mountain Lion. Twitter seems to be designed to work in the background for when you want to share something, this means there is no way to view your twitter stream etc. But Tweet notifications for @replies will eventually come to the Notification Center in Mountain Lion.

 

Game Center

This is another feature that will take the  jump from  iOS to OS X. Apple say their gaming network has over 100 Million users combined with 20,000 Game Center enabled games for iOS. Though as impressive as Mac to Mac gaming will be, the most amazing feature that comes with Mountain Lion will be the enabling gameplay between Mac to iPhone, Mac to iPad and Mac to iPod. This will revolutionise gaming for Apple.

 

AirPlay Mirroring

This is probably the most exciting feature coming to Mountain Lion because it is simply incredible. You cannot only push things wirelessly like movies to the Apple TV from your iPad or iPhone. Now with Mountain Lion, you can push your entire OS X experience as well. You can simply access this feature by looking in the menu area of your Mac and clicking the new airplay option in order to push your entire desktop to an Apple TV. This will ultimately turn your TV into a massive monitor.

 

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