Apple OS X Mountain Lion release date is finally set for July. Priced at just $19.99, OS X Mountain Lion for Mac is straight from the wish-list that brings together the most wanted features of the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch on a single platform. Announced at the WWDC 2012, Apple is on the way to deliver an all-in-one operating system with the OS X Mountain Lion this July.
The overhauled OS will surprise users with more than 200 new features and 1,700 new APIs, according to Apple’s Mac chief, Craig Federighi.
The OS X 10.8 or Mountain Lion will be available for upgrade directly from the Mac App Store. Apple had earlier released a developer preview of the Mountain Lion this February, so there’s no surprise about the array of features inducted from the iOS. There’s iCloud integration with other devices, Notes and Reminders, and there’s Power Nap does backups and software updates while your Mac is in sleep mode.
Let’s take a quick walk through the new features of the OS X Mountain Lion.
iCloud keeps on the same page all your Apple devices by storing content and wirelessly pushing it to all of them. All you need to do is sign in with your Apple ID and iCloud is automatically set up in all the apps. So whatever you do on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is automatically on your Mac. It works the other way round too.
The built-in ‘Share’ button makes itself available throughout the Mountain Lion. It will offer users an easy way to share photos, videos, and other files with Mail, Messages, and AirDrop. With a few clicks, users will also be able to post straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo when they feel like it.
Here’s a power nap that will definitely get you powered up. The Power Nap is an interesting feature that will work even when your Mac is in the sleep mode. It will periodically update the apps connected with iCloud, download software updates and make backups with Time Machine.
This is a tool third-party developers would like to take advantage of. You speak and Dictation converts your words into text. The software will learn your voice characteristics. Though we really wished Siri was here, nevertheless Dictation should make life a bit easier.
Well, Facebook won’t arrive until this fall! Sign in once and the built-in Facebook support will enable you to post links, comments, and photos straight from the app you are in. Facebook notification will show up in the Notification Center, and you can update your status then and there.
Thankfully, Twitter won’t keep us waiting. Apple says, “OS X Mountain Lion is designed for tweeting,” and that means things should work seamlessly like it mentioned for Facebook.
The China Connection
This one is certainly to woo the Chinese population and economy of course! OS X Mountain Lion features a new Chinese dictionary and improved text input. Leading Chinese search provider Baidu will be a built-in option in Safari. There will be Facebook-like integration for Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese microblogging service.
Other popular features integrated into the OS Mountain Lion include Notes, Reminders, iMessage, Notification Center, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, GameCenter, and Safari. The list pretty long but we will keep it to here.
Priced more than 30 percent cheaper than the last version, OS X Mountain Lion will be pure envy for other platforms. If it was not tempting enough, Apple will provide free upgrades to the Mountain Lion to those who purchase a new Mac system on or after June 11, 2012.