Entries in Mountain Lion (5)
WWDC 2012 had both its excitements and its disappointments. To the dismay of a lot of us, Apple’s glorious Retina Displays will not be included throughout their entire laptop lineup, but on the bright side, we have an entirely new addition: the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. With all of its upgraded hardware, Apple just had to make it even better with improved software as well. OS X Mountain Lion will be the next big thing for Apple as it plans to improve the current OS X and include new features as well.
The basic structure and ideas for Mountain Lion seems to mirror a lot of what iOS already has to offer, creating an overall mobile experience, loaded with simple gestures and finger movements. Notifications will now alert you of incoming messages, emails, reminders and much more. An easy swipe to the right on your trackpad will bring it right up. As Apple has always strived for simplicity and ease of use, Mountain Lion is no exception. By incorporating Facebook integration, we can now post updates and statuses on Facebook directly from our Mac, without having to go back to your Facebook page.
iMessage was released to the public months back as a beta, and rightfully so. The numerous bugs and issues it had made it practically useless. With Mountain Lion, iMessage will do what it was created to do: send messages. Exactly like iMessages on your iPhone, this app will send messages to any other Apple product, as long as there is WiFi. This makes communicating with your friends so much easier as you will no longer have to stop what you’re doing on your Mac and reply with your iPhone. To make things even easier, with the help of the Cloud, all of your messages will stay updated throughout all your devices.
An interesting feature that Mountain Lion will have is called Power Nap, which allows your Mac to quietly update itself without leaving sleep mode. This seems rather convenient as it prevents you from missing an important software update or Time Machine back-up. Lastly, Dictation might be a solution to a keyboard-free experience. Similar to Siri, it translates what you say into text.
OS X Mountain Lion will be available to all users through the Mac App Store in July for only $19.99. All of these features and more can be found on Apple’s website.
It's the time of the year again where Apple holds its annual WWDC developer conference in San Franscisco, CA starting on June 11. Apple plans to talk about Mountain Lion, iOS with more than 100 technical sessions lead by Apple engineers covering a wide range of technology-specific topics to help developers with integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies.
- 100 hands-on labs staffed by more than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
- the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
- engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.
Besides the usual focus on Apple software, we're also expected Apple to announce some new hardware like ultra-thin MacBook Pros packing Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors at WWDC 2012 like it has done in the past.
At least Apple's taste in wallpapers is still going strong unlike replacing that heroic and most magnificent Lion photo for the more sissy, bald looking Mountain Lion. In any case, here it is. Download the full resolution (3200x2000) Galaxy wallpaper that will soon be the new face of OS X Mountain Lion above! Click it.
Just like that, without any exclusive press event Apple has announced its next cat, OS X Mountain Lion. OS X Lion was considered to be a big upgrade from Snow Leopard, but Mountain Lion is what Snow Leopard was to Leopard. 10.8 will bring with it many new enhancements, tweaks and new features. In a nutshell, Mountain Lion brings a whole lot of the iPad-inspired iOS to the Mac with things like Notification Center, Messages (Beta now available to download), deep Twitter integration, Game Center, Notes, Reminders and AirPlay Mirroring for streaming HD content on your Mac to large screened devices using Apple TV. Mountain Lion has put an end to Software Update and letting the Mac App Store do all the work of handling your Mac's updates.
Mountain Lion also brings improved security features like Gatekeeper, which helps protect you from unknowingly download and installing malware. Apple has also made sure to support many Chinese services with 10.8 from social networking to email. The popular Chinese search engine Baidu will be integrated into Safari and Chinese text input will be improved. Developers can download the developer preview of Mountain Lion starting today, while the rest of us have to wait until the summer for the official release. Apple has yet to reveal the price, but it's safe to assume that it'll cost as much as Lion at $30. As for that good looking wallpaper you've set your eyes on, we'll be sure to get that out to you shortly!