SELLER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has announced its Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system that, for the most part, brings IOS features to its Mac PCs.
The latest desktop operating system (OS) from Apple is available now as a preview version for developers. It will be a purchasable update from the Mac App Store late this Summer.
"The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better," said Philip Schiller, SVP of worldwide marketing at Apple. "The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world's most advanced personal computer operating system."
The fruit themed firm said that Mac OS X 10.8 brings over 100 new features to the OS. However, the key ones are bits and pieces taken from the Ipad, Iphone and Ipod operating system IOS.
Ichat has made its way onto the Mac but has been renamed Messages. Lion users can download a Beta of Messages. Other things ported over are Notes, Reminders, Game Centre and Share Sheets. As you'd expect they work across different Apple products, with some synchronising via Icloud.
Security conscious Mac users will be pleased to hear that Mountain Lion comes with Gatekeeper, anti-malware software that Apple calls "revolutionary".
The notifications centre from IOS has been added, which brings up alerts for things like new emails, messages, system updates and third party apps. Another new feature is Airplay Mirroring, which allows the Mac's screen to be displayed wirelessly on a secondary display via Apple TV.
China is Apple's fastest growing market so the cappuccino company is making things easier for its asian users. It has added support for top Chinese email providers, video web sites and social networks.
Apple said, "Hundreds of new APIs give developers access to new core technologies and enhanced features within OS X." µ