Whoa! That was a bit unexpected from Apple. Today, the company has announced that it has released the first developer preview of the company’s next-generation operating system, called OS X Mountain Lion. Surprisingly, OS X Lion was only released less than a year ago. This release will bring over a 100 new features, including many that already exist in iOS. For example, features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. If we take a look into this further, it really is brilliant on what the company is doing with their ecosystem. They are combining iOS and Mac into one OS. No more fragmented OSes and versions like Windows!
“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, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “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.”
In addition, OS X Mountain Lion offers deeper integration with iCloud to automatically configure services like Mail, FaceTime, and Find My Mac, while iCloud Documents handles automatic push syncing of documents across devices. Yup, this is also brilliant. Why? Because Apple has essentially made cloud computing popular among average consumers without them actually realizing it. Also, The Verge points out that the company has officially dropped “Mac” name from OS X Mountain Lion.
OS X Mountain Lion will be made available to the public in late summer.