Apple’s Mountain Lion set loose
OS X 10.8 to be revealed with even stronger iOS leanings.
With the massive success of the Apple iPhone and iPad it seems the new version of Max OS X 10.8, dubbed Mountain Lion, will see even more moves to bringing the mobile iOS and desktop OS X closer together.
Boasting 200 news features the OS will go on sale 25 July for $20 downloadable from the Apple Mac App Store.
New features borrow heavily from mobile devices, such as system-wide sharing capabilities so files can be shared directly to Facebook, Flickr and other social networks or online services.
Similarly when left in sleep-modes laptops and desktop will still be able to receive and update email, calendars and documents. There’s also now full dictation that works anywhere you can normally enter text with the keyboard.
Interestingly, features are being unified across all devices. So new notifications work in a similar way on all your Apple devices, sync to iCloud is now fully integrated into the desktop OS and this includes cross-platform gaming. This even extends to renaming long-standing desktop apps such as iCal to match the mobile device app names.
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