Want to know what OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview download brings new?
Apple has surprised its fans with the speed with which they have prepared a new OS for Mac. After just seven months since the release of Lion OS X we are already receiving a new version of the popular operating system. Mountain Lion is being considered a step ahead in the journey of OS X integration with iOS (the mobile OS for iPhone and iPad). Here you can find the first impressions after testing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs).
The new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) is opening the way apple is following in order to obtain a mix of their two main OS’s: the one for mobile devices and the other one for Mac and MacBook. The final version of the new operating system should be released this summer, before Windows 8, which is also being developed keeping the same concept in mind.
1. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) Messages
iChat for Mac has received a new interface which looks like the native iOS Messages. Now, all the conversations are being kept in the same window and can be easily synchronized in the same window, using Apple ID and they can also be continued on any Apple device which is connected to the internet. FaceTime has also been integrated in the new app, which is being presented in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs).
2. Airplay: wireless content presented in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs)
In Mountain Lion OS X, Airplay allows its users to send the video or audio content directly to a TV through a WiFi. The airplay Monitoring feature works exactly the same as in iPad 2 or iPhone 4S, transforming your TV in a Mac monitor.
3. Contacts/ Notes/ Calendar/ Reminders – the end of Adress book
In OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) Apple has dropped Address Book and iCal. Now they are providing some simple applications which remind us of iOS 5: Contacts, Notes, Calendar and Reminders. Even if the new applications seem to have the same base functions, the main advantage comes from the iCloud integration. The Notes app offers some significant improvements, starting with bullets lists and ending with links containing URL’s and customizable fonts.
4. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) with iCloud
The strong integration of iCloud in the new OS is being observed since the start-up moment. In OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) you have to enter your Apple ID. Those which are using and iPhone or iPad together with the iCloud service will have a pleasant surprise while noticing that their Mac is automatically synchronizing their e-mail, contacts, reminders and even Safari bookmarks.
5. Notification Center takes the role of Growl
Growl has gone. IT has been replaced by Notification Center in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (download for Devs). Therefore, this new app will integrate all announces and alerts in the right side of the screen. These alerts are offering multiple optimization options, but the newest thing here comes from the fact that a new gesture is needed to be done on the trackpad, with two fingers from right to left. In this Developer Preview version only the native apps are compatible with Notification Center, but Apple has developed an API for all the other applications which offering alerts.
6. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) Game Center
Apple has accomplished a big step forward in which regards the gamers request, by integrating the Game Center in the new OS. Besides all the options which are being offered by iOS, in Mountain Lion you can play with your friends using the Multiplayer mode. Your friends can use this application on their iPhones or iPads.
7. Other improvements which are being brought by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview
Besides an improved Safari and strong security measures which are brought by GameKeeper, Apple is now offering all the system updates through App Store. They will be announced in Notification Center. One of the newly introduced applications, Share Street, offers advanced sharing functions in order to send information from one app to another in a more organized way. This looks more like a clue with which shows that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview (download for Devs) is heading in the same direction with iOS 6.
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