Apple has updated their website with a sneak peak of some of the stuff in the next release of OS X, which will be OS X 10.8, or also known as “Mountain Lion”, pretty cool name.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Inspired by iPad (iOS)
- Notification Center
- Game Center
- AirPlay Mirroring
Basically, they’re merging OS X and iOS more and more together. Personally I don’t mind that they add features from iOS etc., as long as they don’t make OS X a closed system the way iOS is. I think it’s good enough that iOS is closed on the mobile, for safety reasons among others, but I don’t want my desktop to be that closed. But there’s no indication that it’s going to happen, at least not with the Mountain Lion release, so not to worry.
As for Messages, you can actually already download a BETA version of Messages (link above), which enabled you to send free messages to iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads through iMessage, including files.
More about Apple to bring iPhone, iPad features to Mac on The Wall Street Journal which also features an interview with Apple CEO, Tim Cook.
Here’s a 2-minute video showing some of the new stuff in Mac OS X “Mountain Lion”:
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