Apple announced the release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion yesterday. It is the ninth major version of the Mac OS X and is currently availabe for download for developers at the app store. Mac users will be able to upgrade to Lion in the summer of 2012, according to the press release of Apple.
This version of the OS is mostly aimed at enhancing the user experience by bringing compatibility between Apple’s iOS and its desktop version, OS X. In other words, users will now be able to use a lot of features that were earlier available to iOS only.
The latest version has garnered considerable attention on the internet and has been the subject of discussions on almost all the technology forums and social media after its launch.
Here is the list of features that the users can expect from the new version.
- Enchancements in iCloud, the cloud storage feature, for better creation and accessibiltiy of accounts, across devices. iCloud Documents forces changes to all copies of documents saved on different devices so that consistency is maintained automatically.
- Messages, Apple’s app for sending messages, photos and videos from one Mac to other or to any other iOS device.
- Reminders and Notes for personal productivity.
- Enhancements in Game Center to allow Mac users play multi-user games with other users.
- In-built integration for Twitter, but not Facebook, in Safari, Photo Booth and other apps.
- Gatekeeper- Apple’s built in anti-malware app which keeps a track of the apps downloaded and monitors theuir activity for security purposes.
- Improvements in features for Chinese users with better input and Baidu search option in Safari.
Looking at the changes made in the revamped OS, one can easily conclude that Apple is pushing users to connect their Mac devices with other Apple products by providing such seamless sharing and storing options for users across their devices.