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OS X - The Next Generation

February 17, 2012 - Dave Hecei
It’s going to happen. Your Mac is going to be just like the iPad. Well, that might be a bit too strong, but with Apple recent announcement of the next ‘big cat’ OS X version, iOS is still coming to the desktop.

Announced this week, we now know the next OS X is to be called Mountain Lion. When Apple went from Leopard to Snow Leopard, the idea was that it was not a full blown, hundreds of new features update. Just because Apple put Mountain in front of Lion, I wouldn’t assume that 10.8 is going to be some small update.

There looks to be plenty of new things in Mountain Lion. Most of which are going to look very familiar to iPad users. These include more iCloud integration, Messages (formerly iChat), Notifications, Airplay, and Game Center.

Security looks to be a bigger concern in Mountain Lion. A new feature called Gatekeeper is there to help validate software downloads. This is a way to help keep out Malware (which there are very few of at the moment).

Twitter will be more integrated into the OS. By having the OS in tune with social sites like Twitter just makes it easier to share things with your network of online friends and colleagues.

Airplay looks like it could be very interesting. If you are lucky enough to have an iPad and an Apple TV then you probably already know how cool Airplay can be. Starting with Mountain Lion, it looks like any Mac running 10.8 will be able to send its video output to an Apple TV 2 allowing you to watch video on a big screen TV without having to mess with all those wires and settings. The cool part will be if you can actually mirror the Mac’s screen on a TV. Just think of gaming – that’s all that needs to be said.

Apple stated a summer release for Mountain Lion. I haven’t been able to find any pricing details yet, but since the last two OS X releases have been $30, I would expect Mountain Lion to be the same.


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