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Apple on Thursday released a developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the OS X, which brings popular apps and features from iPad to the Mac and further unifies user experience and data across different devices. Essentially, it means that Apple is looking forward to create an ultimate platform that spans across all types of devices.

Mountain Lion introduces Mail, Calendar, Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring. Mountain Lion is the first OS X release built with iCloud in mind for easy setup and integration with apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a security feature. Mountain Lion also introduces AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send a secure 720p video stream of what's on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV. Game Center lets owners to personalize Mac gaming experience, find new games and challenge friends to play live multiplayer games, whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The preview release of Mountain Lion is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Mac users will be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store in late summer 2012.

Mountain Lion makes it easier to set up iCloud and access documents across all of one's devices. Mountain Lion uses Apple ID to automatically set up Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Messages, FaceTime and Find My Mac. The new iCloud Documents pushes any changes to all devices so documents are always up to date, and a new API helps developers make document-based apps work with iCloud.

Hundreds of new APIs give developers access to new core technologies and enhanced features within OS X. The Game Kit APIs tap into the same services as Game Center on iOS, making it possible to create multiplayer games that work across Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A new graphics infrastructure underpins OpenGL and OpenCL and implements GLKit, first introduced in iOS 5, to make it easier to create OpenGL apps. Using Core Animation in Cocoa apps is easier than ever, and new video APIs deliver modern 64-bit replacements for low-level QuickTime APIs. Enhanced Multi-Touch APIs give developers double-tap zoom support and access to the system-wide lookup gesture. Kernel ASLR improves security through enhanced mitigation against buffer overflow attacks.

The addition of applications for iOS to Macintosh personal computers as well as improved integration between devices clearly shows Apple's intention to create a mega-platform consisting of many different devices. Such unification does not slowdown evolution of every single piece of the mega platform, but improvement of every single product essentially spearheads of the whole mega-platform. Apple allows software developers to take advantage of iCloid as well as all the APIs so that to enable access to documents (and very likely other data over time) from all devices using different programs (e.g., Pages for iOS and Pages for Mac OS in case of documents), which gives a lot of freedom and convenience. One thing that is unknown is how will software for iOS will look on big screen Mac OS devices.

Apple is not alone in its attempt to bring mobile and desktop operating systems as well as devices closer to each other. Microsoft does something similar with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, iOS, Mac, Macintosh, iPad, iPhone, iPod


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Discussion started: 02/16/12 04:23:33 PM
Latest comment: 02/18/12 12:37:20 PM
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isn't this copying MS, MS were the first to create (or plan to create) a unified OS for both the tablets and PCs
1 3 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/16/12 04:23:33 PM]
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It is more like the other way round. Look at the history of who copied who from way back till to-day. Who has reverse engineered or tried to since the Apple ii days and who has had to cough up for damages?We were using an Apple ii in 1978, IBM? MS dos circa 1980.
1 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/17/12 02:51:50 AM]
show the post
1 4 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/17/12 06:02:20 AM]
I'm talking about 15 years before Linux
0 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/17/12 01:58:58 PM]
The main issue is that Microsoft brings mobile operating system UI to PC and releases a special Windows for ARM version for tablets (that lacks any third-party and even some of the first-party software from normal Windows), whereas Apple integrates features of iOS into OS X.

Based on screenshots and what we know about the Mountain Lion, OS X for PCs does not get worse than it was with iOS features or ability to run iOS apps. By contrast, Windows 8 - at least based on what we know about it now - will get worse than Windows 7 on PCs.

Fundamentally, both Apple and Microsoft are going exactly the same direction: they want two mega-platform for everything and ability to access content, documents, data, etc. from everywhere.
1 1 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/17/12 05:53:17 AM]
did you try the developer preview of windows 8 before saying it would suck

or did you try OSX mountain lion

BTW I use ubuntu
0 1 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/17/12 06:01:23 AM]
I did not try either and I did not say Windows 8 would suck. I believe it will get worse than Windows 7.

Essentially, I do not want an UI from a mobile phone OS on my desktop. Apple clearly shows: iOS UI is not coming to OS X. Microsoft shows Metro + Ribbon as the corner stones of Win8.
1 1 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/17/12 01:30:41 PM]
You can just use the desktop if you want but you'll find the ribbon quite good
0 2 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/18/12 07:00:11 AM]


While Apple will be bringing its gaming platform from iOS to OS-X with Mountain Lion, they will also apparently add a new security feature that is said to be called “Gatekeeper;” it will block games and applications by default that are obtained outside of Apple’s App Store offerings.

So much for the idea that when you buy your own computer, you can do anything you want with it with it and buy your software and applications anywhere you want. NOT with Apple.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/17/12 07:36:23 AM]
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Well, that contradicts even Apple's press relese.

"You can choose to install apps from any source, just as you do on a Mac today, or you can use the safer default setting to install apps from the Mac App Store, along with apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple. For maximum security, you can set Gatekeeper to only allow apps from the Mac App Store to be downloaded and installed."

The question is what will it do with Steam. Without Steam, Macs will never become a viable platform for gamers...
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/17/12 12:30:58 PM]
What happened to Sony Walkman and the music industry? A cleaver business model won.Who now controls the music download industry.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/18/12 02:38:38 AM]
"The question is what will it do with Steam. Without Steam, Macs will never become a viable platform for gamers..."

Even if Steam works, Mac desktops have such a massive price premium over PCs and such poor videocard selection and pricing that I don't think it's a "viable" gaming platform to begin. Also, Steam alone cannot provide all the PC games either. Does Apple support Origin?
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/18/12 07:22:58 AM]
iMac desktop does not have a choice at all
There are games on Steam that do not require high-end graphics.

Therefore, the question in general is whether Apple Mac supports third-party stores within the OS X platform.
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/18/12 07:57:43 AM]

I hope that the next release of Ubuntu will resolve ui touch problems so it will bi for every one and anything costing 0$ and outperforming above listed OS-is.
0 0 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 02/18/12 12:37:20 PM]


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