Apple have announced a preview of the next major OS release for our Macintosh computers, and some time ago I did find myself wondering what name they would go with next – surely they are running out of big cats, right?
Wrong. They’ve dug Mountain Lion out of somewhere, and whilst I’m not keen on the name, that’s not really the bit were interested in. I’m going to list a few of my thoughts on the upcoming OS X, scheduled for release sometime in the late Summer. I also hope to get my hands on a copy at the earliest opportunity to give a more informed review of my thoughts.
So from first glance at the features coming in this release, it seems they are even more keen on tying iOS in to OS X – many of the features coming are from iOS, things like, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, Notification Center (bye, bye Growl!), the renaming of iCal and Address Book, to name but a few. They have also now entirely dropped the ‘Mac’ from ‘Mac OS X’ and it’s now just ‘OS X’.
One feature I am quite excited about is AirPlay. Old news you might say – but now you can display the screen of your Mac over-the-air to say, your Apple TV! That’s a great feature, both for the home and for the business. Say you have a presentation to give, you’ll no longer need to plug in cables to send your screen and audio to the big screen. This could also be a major hint at the rumoured TV from Apple (iView?)?!
Software update now takes you to the Mac App Store instead. Something I expected to be honest. We have seen for some time Apps getting updates there instead. So no real surprise here.
Tweeting from Safari is a pretty cool feature I’m looking forward to.
I hope to get hold of 10.8 soon, so that I can have a hands-on with some of these features and the many others.