Here it is finally !! Earlier we had reported about the release of the Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 just barely 7 months after the release of the OS X Lion 10.7. What Apple has been trying to do since few releases and which becomes even more clear after the release of the Mountain Lion is that it is trying to converge the operating systems of iOS devices and Mac and hence producing a unique and common platform from all devices by Apple and as a signal Apple has officially dropped the word Mac from the name OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. Surely, a very interesting development and a magnificent idea.
So… Let us analyze how Apple have tried to execute their idea with the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 :
Integration With iCloud :
Apple claims that OS X Mountain Lion has been built with keeping iCloud in mind with it being integrated to the deep foundation of the OS. This can be clearly seen as once you boot your Mac it will ask for your Apple ID to automatically set up Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Messages, FaceTime and Find My Mac.
What this means is that you have all your preferences with you no matter where you are. With real time syncing between devices connected to iCloud your data is always up-to-date. The iWork Suite is still not integrated with the iCloud but I guess that will also be an option soon.
Messages on OS X Mountain Lion :
Gone are the days of the iChat. Just like many had predicted Apple is merging the services of iMessage, FaceTime and iChat and provide one solid messaging solution while you will have the iChat ID and can use it. This is very interesting and a game changing method of communication. Backed up by a single Apple ID and pushed in real time Apple is once again reinventing how people communicate. Didn’t get that ?? Well here’s an example ….
Imagine you are having a conversation with some friend on your Mac and after few minutes you pick up your iPhone and continue the conversation just from where you had left from your Mac. All of your messages will instantly and effortlessly flow from your iPhone to iPad to iPod touch to computers, keeping on-going conversations in sync no matter what device you have with you.
Notification Center :
Now this is where we see major similarities with the iOS. Just like in iOS the Notification Center on Mountain Lion easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.
Also just like iOS you can add application badges and toggle preferences for alerts. With Apple providing API for developers expect almost every App to be compatible but for now the Notification Center has only Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Mac App Store and Safari on it.
Notes / Reminders / Contacts & Calenders :
Just as iOS the Mountain Lion now has Contacts and Calendar instead of Address Book and iCal. Except for the name change the Contacts and Calender is deeply integrated with the iCloud and hence all your iDeviced are synced. Any contact or new reminder or note you create will be synced across all your iOS devices and Mac.
The new Notes has some awesome features like in-line photos, bulleted lists, hyperlinked URLs, customizable fonts and other enhancements.
Share Sheets and Twitter Integration :
A new feature called Share Sheet allows users to share their links, photos and videos directly from Apple and third party apps. A great destination to share things on various Social Networking platforms. Apple has partnered with Flickr for photos and Vimeo for video sharing.
OS X Mountain Lion is deeply integrated with Twitter with the ability to Tweet from including Safari, Quick Look, Photo Booth, Preview and third party apps. You just have to sign in once and keep Tweeting.
AirPlay Mirroring & GateKeeper on OS X 10.8 :
With AirPlay Mirroring on OS X Mountain Lion users can now stream their computers screen to TV wirelessly, though you’ll need an Apple TV to connect through and it supports 720p HD.
GateKeeper is an added security measure by Apple which has features like personalized security settings. It has option for new users to allow installation of applications only downloaded from Mac Store and hence reducing the risk of malware’s.
GameCenter On OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 :
GameCenter could mean big for Apple. OS X was long considered as not the best platform for gaming and hence avid gamers were away from it. The case is almost opposite with the iOS devices as it provides console-quality games in the past few years. Now by bringing the feature of iOS on Mountain Lion Apple is trying to attract gamers to this platform.
Sign in with an Apple ID and start playing against friends on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Find new games, enjoy multiplayer gaming and more !!
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 Price and Release date :
The OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 is expected to release by Summer 2012 with further announcements most likely to occur at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June with an expected price tag of $29.99 via the Mac App Store.
The new OS will not be available in USB sticks but instead will be only available as a download from the Mac Store.