osx mountainlion macbookair Apple reveals OS X Mountain Lion features

Apple has officially announced OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release for its Mac operating system, with new and revamped features inspired by tablet and smartphone computing.

Apple has officially announced OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release for its Mac operating system, with new and revamped features inspired by tablet and smartphone computing.

 
The release comes with over 200 features, including a revamped Messages app, Notification Centre, system-wide sharing, Facebook integration, dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, game centre, and Gatekeeper for enhanced security.
 
iCloud is built into the core of the operating system, making it easier to store, access and share files from the cloud. System-wide sharing allows users to share links, photos, videos and other files from any app to a wide variety of third-party services, including Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and Vimeo. Facebook integration means friends will show up in Contacts, content can be easily shared, and notifications will show up in the Notification Centre.
 
iMessages replaces iChat, integrating message sharing across all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Users can send group messages, add attachments (including high-definition video), and continue a conversation from any device associated with the user's account. It also features instant messaging with AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk and Jabber.
 
osx mountainlion macbookair Apple reveals OS X Mountain Lion features
 
The Notification Centre allows users to see notifications from OS X and third-party apps in a single place, with customisation options so users can alter which notifications they receive and how many items are shown at a time. There is also a feature to temporarily suspend all notifications when users want no distractions.
 
Dictation lets users dictate text anywhere it can be typed, including in apps from third-party developers, while Power Nap allows the device to update mail, contacts, and other core areas while the device is in sleep mode.
 
Gatekeeper improves security by giving more control over apps. Settings can be altered so that only apps from the Mac App Store can be installed, apps from anyone who has a unique Developer ID from Apple can be installed, or any app from anyone can be installed. App sandboxing and kernel ASLR also help protect against malware and other cyberattacks.
 
This release will also feature AirPlay Mirroring, so users can send full high-definition video streams from their Mac to a HDTV, the Game Centre for iOS social gaming on a Mac, a faster Safari browser, with Smart Search Field, improvements for Apple's growing Chinese audience, and over 1,700 new APIs to enhance developer content.
 
Mountain Lion will be available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99 from the Mac App Store and will release in July.