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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Coming Soon

Over the last five years, Apple has sold more than 318 million iOS devices, which includes all iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Because of the popularity of these hand-held devices, Apple has decided to come out with a new operating system for Mac users called Mountain Lion.

The current offered operating system, OS X Lion, was an attempt to add a few of the aspects people loved about their portable devices to their home computer, and only a year later, Apple has done it again.

Mountain Lion has adopted even more iOS aspects to make the new operating system even more user-friendly. This includes changes to old apps and brand new apps such as iCloud, Messages, Reminders, Notes, and Notification Center.

I am going to touch on a few of the various differences that come with OS X Mountain Lion.

iCloud

For those of you who have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you will be at least slightly familiar with iCloud. This application allows you to access files, emails, contacts, documents, and more on multiple devices simultaneously. So basically, what you have on your computer at home can be easily retrieved by iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad a hundred miles away.

Messages

With the newer versions of iOS, there is a facet called Messages. It’s similar to the current version of iChat, but like the iPhone, you are able to see when parties are replying to your messages, switch to FaceTime, and send photos and HD videos on all devices. All of your conversations are accessible through Mac, iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone at all times.

Reminders

On the newest software update for the iPhone, a new app was placed front and center: Reminders. This app allows you to make multiple lists set with due dates, alerts, and deadlines. Now, it also will be available on your Mac and will sync to the rest of your portable Apple devices.

Notes

Notes is not a new facet to Mac OS X, but that is not to say it isn’t new and improved! Notes provides an easy way to jot down anything from recipes to photos to other attachments. This app also provides various fonts and Rich Text Format for the most convenient use, and like many of the new facets of Mountain Lion, your notes on your home computer will automatically sync to all of your devices so you have all the information you need on the go.

Notification Center

Most users have many things running on their desktop all the time, including Twitter, e-mail, App Store notifications, reminders, and special calendar events. The Notification Center allows users to see all new notifications all at once. It is available in a small panel that is easy to organize, depending on your personal taste. For those of you who are more intimately familiar with Macs, the Notifications Center is basically like a new and improved Growl, which allows you to know what’s going on in all your applications.

AirPlay Mirroring

This is a brand new feature in Mountain Lion. With AirPlay Mirroring, you can immediately stream what’s on your Mac to your HDTV using your Apple TV. This is great for classroom lessons, job presentations, and even streaming movies at home!


I have left out a few new exciting changes, but you can read all about them and even watch a video about the changes happening in OS X Mountain Lion on Apple’s website.

Technology is changing, and Apple is keeping up with it very well. If you enjoy the user-friendly interface of your iPhone or iPad, you may want to look further into OSX Mountain Lion. According to Apple, OS X Mountain Lion will be available this summer. Even though Apple has not released the exact date or the price yet, this is one of the most anticipated changes coming to Apple products since the iPhone 4S.

–Amanda

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