Apple reveals "Mountain Lion" update for OS X [Update]

The next major update for OS X just got its code name. In a press release today, Apple announced that the next OS X upgrade is being called "Mountain Lion", which is in keeping with the company's trend of naming updates after wild cats. A preview version of Mountain Lion, also known as OS X 10.8, is now available for download for Mac developers and the final version will launch for consumers sometime this summer.

iCloud: The cloud-based storage service, which launched for iOS devices in 2011, will soon allow Mac owners to store documents and other files in the cloud. 

Messages: The new chat client, which replaces iChat on the Mac, lets users text to other Macs and iOS-based products along with other IM services. Mac owners don't have to wait for Mountain Lion to try out the new program. They can download a beta version of Messages right now.

GameCenter: The iOS game match-making service is coming to the Mac with Mountain Lion, letting Mac gamers see and play against other Mac users as well as iOS gamers.

Reminders and Notes: These two apps will make the move from iOS to OS X with Mountain Lion. Reminders will allow Mac owners to make lists to keep track of their activities. Notes is self explanatory. Mac users will be able to type in some quick notes to themselves.

Notification Center: Mountain Lion adds this new software app that gives users a heads up to anything new on their Mac such as an email, text message or other alert.

Gatekeeper: A new security program for the Mac is included in Mountain Lion. It gives Mac owners a way to set controls and settings for which programs can be run on their machine.

Share Sheets: Mountain Lion will allow a number of Mac apps to offer instant sharing of content via email, text message, Twitter and more with the new Share Sheets feature.

Twitter: Mountain Lion will offer Mac users a way to connect and post messages to their Twitter account directly inside Mac apps.

AirPlay Mirroring: This feature gives Mac owners a way to display their desktop on a television via the Apple TV device.

Chinese features: The Mountain Lion update will offer a number of improvements specifically for the Chinese Mac market. That includes improved text input for typing in Chinese and adding the Baidu search service inside the Chinese version of Safari.

From the press release and the various hands-on previews of Mountain Lion already posted on the Internet, Apple looks like it is continuing to add iOS software features into its Mac operating system, along with more interoperability functions.  It's just a matter of time before the two operating systems become one, perhaps with the OS X 11 release down the road.

Update - Apple has confirmed that it has ditched the "Mac OS X" title when referring to the operating system from now on. It is now simply called "OS X."

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There's really not anything here that is either new, innovative or not available yet. All it will do is fence of their precious Apple userbase even further and probably allow them to mine even more informtation from their users.

In the meantime in the real world we have any of these capabilities now..

I'm guessing the next version will be called "White Lion" .. or "Female Lion"
.. or maybe they will steal "Savannah Prowler" or "Savannah Patriarch" from World of Warcraft, and then sue Blizzard, because they are "stealing" from Apple.

I can't believe how people are so stupid to use this retarded OS.

Seems like Apple it's implementing all the good stuff from iOS 5.0 to OS X.
I never own a Mac before, but I think this will be the time for me to get me one.

The notifications implementation looks amazing.

I'm using the iMessage app now and it works really well, just received a text and got a little growl style notification... i replied instantly from my mac, so happy with this, maybe now i'll start replying to texts.

I noticed in the Engagdet video that Safari now has a integrated address/search bar like ALL other browsers! This is probably my favourite feature!!

AirPlay Mirroring: This feature gives Mac owners a way to display their desktop on a television via the Apple TV device.

. Shame they didn't include AirPlay serving capability into the OS. I know there are 3rd party solution, but this needs to be native. Streaming music TO my Mac from my iPhone should be a standard feature.

Shadrack said,

. Shame they didn't include AirPlay serving capability into the OS. I know there are 3rd party solution, but this needs to be native. Streaming music TO my Mac from my iPhone should be a standard feature.

Yes, definitely. Not so much for the laptops, but if you've got a 27" display it would be cool to stream a movie from your iPhone/iPad.

Shadrack said,

. Shame they didn't include AirPlay serving capability into the OS. I know there are 3rd party solution, but this needs to be native. Streaming music TO my Mac from my iPhone should be a standard feature.

Shame they can't just use a well defined existing standard that works across brands and devices and can be expanded upon by individual oem's and still remain cross brand and platform compatible.

You know, something called perhaps.. DLNA..

HawkMan said,

Shame they can't just use a well defined existing standard that works across brands and devices and can be expanded upon by individual oem's and still remain cross brand and platform compatible.


That's just stupid! Why would Apple ever use an existing standard? They won't make money that way…

Owen W said,
This iMessage to iOS device stuff.... game changer. This is huge.

Would love a Windows client. Won't happen though.

Owen W said,
This iMessage to iOS device stuff.... game changer. This is huge.

iMessage for the Mac is an amazing feature. I've downloaded the Beta and its so simple to use.

Owen W said,
This iMessage to iOS device stuff.... game changer. This is huge.

Why? In the Windows world, if you want to send a text message to a Windows Phone for free, you already can. It's called Facebook Chat. Shows up on a Windows Phone just like a normal text message. And Facebook probably has more users than iMessage. Am I missing something?

SK[ said,]Would love a Windows client. Won't happen though.

Likely it's better that they won't port it to Windows, at least they can't release a second POS like iTunes for Windows…

Owen W said,
This iMessage to iOS device stuff.... game changer. This is huge.

Umm, You've heard of Gtalk right? Works on Android, WP7, iOS, Windows, Linux & Mac

They're really pushing putting your data to the cloud; Trying to get everyone used to non-private info. Don't trust the cloud. Well, you can if you trust Apple, Google, MS etc. and everyone that works for them...

from what i have noticed apple does not charge much for upgrades, they even grand fathered the owners whom bought a mac during a certain time frame thus offering them free upgrades. but i also noticed that if you not keep up with the upgrades you have a huge ordeal on your hands. i just predeceased my mini mac and i am very please with it so far.

Dinggus said,
Since I'm still new to Mac, is this a free update or a paid update? Since Lion just came out?

Every named release to this point has been a paid release, unless you are in specific circumstances (bought a new Mac near release type thing)

Dinggus said,
Since I'm still new to Mac, is this a free update or a paid update? Since Lion just came out?

I'm guessing $29 on the App Store. It's supposed to come out in June, which is about a year after Lion.

Shadrack said,
The last 2 OS X releases cost $35. I'm glad to pay that for an updated OS that contains new features.

These new features look awesome. I'll be willing to pay for them as well.

Also, thanks for all the replies.

I don't need Twitter integration in my desktop OS.

Notification Center: Mountain Lion adds this new software app that gives users a heads up to anything new on their Mac such as an email, text message or other alert.

Bye bye, paid version of Growl!

what said,
I don't need Twitter integration in my desktop OS.

Same. I can't ****ing stand that they keep including that **** by default in products, really annoys me.

what said,
I don't need Twitter integration in my desktop OS.

Bye bye, paid version of Growl!

Then don't use it, it's not in your face and is part of the 'Share Sheets' button that has links to email, bookmark, send as a message.. and tweet it, if you use twitter, if not, then it's no big deal.

bgjerlow said,
You gotta give it to Apple; They're quite creative when it comes to naming their OS's after animals.

I like it personally. lol

bgjerlow said,
You gotta give it to Apple; They're quite creative when it comes to naming their OS's after animals.

Reminds me of Digimon
Lion -> Mountain Lion
Greymon -> Metal Greymon

iron2000 said,
Reminds me of Digimon
Lion -> Mountain Lion
Greymon -> Metal Greymon

Ah, those were the days. XD

bgjerlow said,
You gotta give it to Apple; They're quite creative when it comes to naming their OS's after animals.

It's a ubuntu thing...

bgjerlow said,
You gotta give it to Apple; They're quite creative when it comes to naming their OS's after animals.
Are you kidding? Ubuntu owns Apple.

iron2000 said,

Reminds me of Digimon
Lion -> Mountain Lion
Greymon -> Metal Greymon
Not quite. "Mountain lion" is one of many names associated with the same species, Puma concolor. It's also known as a "puma", "cougar", "catamount", or in some instances "panther".