OS X Mountain Lion borrows from iOS

Apple has unveiled the next update to OS X, called Mountain Lion, including many features nabbed directly from its iOS mobile platform.

Apple today released the developer preview for version 10.8, only seven months after its predecessor. The full version will be available from the Mac App Store at the end of this summer, Apple said.

Many of the new features highlighted by Apple are taken directly from iOS – the mobile OS for its iPhone and iPad – or help it connect to those devices via the cloud.

The new Mac OS is the first since Apple unveiled iCloud, its storage and syncing system, meaning settings can be automatically pulled in and files can be kept updated across iPads, iPhones and Macs.

“The new iCloud Documents pushes any changes to all your devices so documents are always up to date, and a new API helps developers make document-based apps work with iCloud,” Apple said.

Mountain Lion will feature a Notification Centre, popping up email and other messages along the side of the desktop. It will also replace the existing iChat with Messages, which will not only bring together chat clients but also send messages between Macs or iPads and iPhones. A beta of Messages is available today for Lion users.

Notifications in Mountain Lion

A similar system will exist with Reminders and Notes, which can be read and updated across any Apple device registered to the same user.

The new desktop OS will include Twitter integration in Safari, as well as built-in sharing tools to make it easier to post messages to that and other social networks without requiring a third-party client.

To boost security, Apple has unveiled Gatekeeper, a “revolutionary” security tool that allows users to block apps that haven’t been approved by Apple.

“You can choose to install apps from any source, just as you do on a Mac today, or you can use the safer default setting to install apps from the Mac App Store, along with apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple,” the company said.

Disclaimer: Some pages on this site may include an affiliate link. This does not effect our editorial in any way.

Todays Highlights
How to See Google Search History
how to download photos from google photos