Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

Summary: Lots of iOS 5 features make it into Mac OS X.

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Seven short months following the release of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion,' Apple is today unveiling the next generation Mac OS X to developers - 10.8 'Mountain Lion.'

I've only had a brief look at the early release but I can tell you that there's a lot of cool stuff in it, and a lot of the best features are ones that have been ported over from iOS 5:

Name change Apple has confirmed that from 10.8 onwards the 'Mac' name will be dropped and the OS will be called 'OS X'. Also, according to Apple, the preferred name for the release is 'OS X Mountain Lion'

Messages Basically replaced iChat, brings with it iMessage integration into the OS. Support for attachments up to 100MB, as well as iChat supported services such as AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, and Jabber.

There's a public beta version of messages available for Lion users over on the Apple website. More details here.

iCloud Full iCloud integration, including support for Finder so you can find files stored in the cloud.

Reminders iOS 5 users will recognize this new feature. Share reminders between your Mac and iOS devices. Also share them via email or Message with others.

Notes Another iOS 5 feature that makes it into Mac. Again, full sync support and the ability to share via email or Message.

Notification Center Again, bringing cool features from iOS into Mac OS X. Push notifications remind you of emails, appointments and reminders.

Twitter Get to Twitter without needing to install an app.

Game Center Finally Apple acknowledges gaming and integrates the iOS Game Center into the Mac OS so you can keep track of your scores (and those of your friends) when you play a Game Center enabled App Store game.

Gatekeeper Antivirus technology comes to Mac OS X in the form of Gatekeeper. Not much information of this right now, other than it seems to involve Mac App Store devs signing code and users having granular control over what's installed. It's certainly a step in the right direction.

More information on Gatekeeper here.

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First impressions - Mountain Lion is to Lion what Snow Leopard was to Leopard. It's an evolutionary step forward, rather than a revolutionary leap. However, it seems that Apple is learning a lot from iOS and has been busy integrating these features into OS X.

This makes it a value-add for those who own both iOS and OS X hardware because the data on your iPhone or iPad is no longer confined to your mobile device. This is Apple's insurance policy against the Mac becoming a victim of the post-PC world that iOS devices help to create.

Want to get your hands on this code? Well, if you are a registered developer with Apple you can grab it today;otherwise you're going to have to wait until the summer when it's expected to be released to the public.

No word on pricing, but I'd expect it to be priced along the same lines as 'Lion'; something in the region of $29 for installation on up to 5 systems.

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  • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

    Reading this on The Verge, the messages app is nice, but other than that, I don't see anything that could be considered "revolutionary", "magical", or "game-changing".
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

      @Cylon Centurion

      "It???s an evolutionary step forward, rather than a revolutionary leap."

      It's best to read the article before commenting.
      msalzberg
      • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

        @msalzberg

        I did read the article. :O ;)
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

        @Cylon Centurion
        So you just decided to post irrelevancies? Oh that's right, had to get your pot-shot in.
        use_what_works_4_U
  • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

    Will we be seeing articles on why Mac OS X 10.8 is DOA, or who are the top 5 enemies of Mac OS X?
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

      @Loverock Davidson-

      While I completely agree with your point, are you going to post this every time someone mentions 10.8?
      msalzberg
      • Yes

        @msalzberg
        You are surprised?
        use_what_works_4_U
      • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

        @msalzberg I wonder when the rest of the iHaters(tod, his sock puppet StephenB, Windowsfreak, etc.) will show up? the usual crowd must have missed this blog/article
        Joel-r
      • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

        @msalzberg... This is his response the blog posting of "Why Windows 8 is DOA. " Being directed at ZDNET, this was a fair question.

        *note, in my house I have good chunk of Apple products.
        Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

        @msalzberg
        Yes I am.
        Loverock Davidson-
    • If Apple had replaced its desktop metaphor with

      the iOS launchpad, yes. But since they didn't, no.
      baggins_z
    • But of course

      We all await with baited breath the pronouncements of Bott on this development.
      ego.sum.stig
    • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

      @Loverock Davidson-

      Go for it. :)

      I'm on your side on this.
      msalzberg
    • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

      @Loverock Davidson- Well, I guess since no one is interested in writing or discussing (or buying) Microsoft warez you are relegated to posting about an OS and company you hate. I'm so sad for you (and all the others the will be subjected to your hate speech)!
      The Danger is Microsoft
  • Someone screwed up.. Puma = Mountain Lion

    they already used used that one..
    theFunkDoctorSpoc
    • Running out of big cats?

      @theFunkDoctorSpoc .nt
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • A lot of big cats are endangered

        You could look at this as a friendly reminder that they still exist and can get a second chance, or you can think, "Dang, missed that one, Martha hand me my bazooka!" Or whatever large calibre household death dealing device you colonials have handy.
        ego.sum.stig
      • Actually "anything" that shares it's living space with us

        @ego.sum.stig@..is endangered. Cause we don't share!!!! Maybe the next OS should be called "Tabby". I kind of like it:)

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • could have went back in time.. Saber Tooth Tiger!

        @Snooki_smoosh_smoosh I think the just wanted something with Lion in it... they had Leopard, then Snow Leopard.. now Lion then Mountain Lion.. but they still have some smaller big cats out there... what about Lynx, Ocelot, Bob Cat, Caracal, Jaguarundi..

        and they never used Clouded Leopard which is a big cat..
        theFunkDoctorSpoc
    • RE: Apple unveils OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' to developers

      @theFunkDoctorSpoc - Perhaps it is referencing localizing to iOS? heh~. Puma was South American and Mountain Lion is North America. Wonder when Cougar will come out! heh~
      The Danger is Microsoft