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Several new features for Apple’s next version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, were revealed today during the keynote of Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, in addition to the features which were previously announced Mountain Lion Preview Adds Twitter Notifications, Browser Tab Sync, Contact Security [Updates] Mountain Lion Preview Adds Twitter Notifications, Browser Tab Sync, Contact Security [Updates] Read More . Apple will release Mountain Lion this July, for $19.99.

Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of OS X, will include iOS-like Notifications, Twitter integration, Safari Web Browser Tap Syncing–iCloud integration, systemwide voice dictation, more social network sharing via Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr, Safari upgrades, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, as well as 200+ other smaller features.

Apple integrated iCloud features in OS X Lion, in line with the last iOS 5 upgrade. Additional iCloud features will be added to Mountain Lion including, most notably, the ability to sync documents between Mac and mobile iOS devices. This means, for example, all the documents you create in TextEdit or Pages can be automatically saved to your iCloud account and shared between devices. The iCloud sync will also include Reminders, Notes, and Messages.

The new OS will include system-wide voice-to-text dictation, similar to Dragon Dictate and Siri on the iPhone 4S. For example, instead of typing emails you could dictate them. Apple says this feature will be available for all text applications.

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The Apple conference keynote featured other announcements including Power Nap, in which Mac mail, calendar appointments, notes, and the like will get updated even while your Mac is asleep. In addition, Mountain Lion will be able to stream video, audio, and web pages from your Mac to your HDTV, using Air Play.

Source: Macworld

  1. C
    June 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    finally its here.. cant wait to install / update with my newly bought mba

  2. Rhys Davies
    June 14, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Great really looking forward to mountain lion

    • ecd4a4d35dce1b96560e85a8ce64f578
      June 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      I think so too!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      The price is also not too bad, especially if the dictation and iCloud sync works the way they described.

      Thanks for your feedback.

  3. Arvin
    June 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Incidentally I never got around to upgrading to Lion from Snow Leopard, because I was skittish as a video producer about incompatibilities with Adobe Products and the like.

    Should I upgrade to Lion now (that the system is clearly stable) or wait a few more months to confirm Mountain Lion is stable?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      You know, Arvin, I heard in a Mac podcast that you don't have to upgrade to Lion in order to download and install Mountain Lion. If you have to upgrade, you will told when you try to install ML.

      As for stability issues with Adobe, I would say it's a good idea to wait to make sure ML will work with the applications you need it to. Sometimes checking related online forums to see what other users are saying will give you an idea how things are going. If you have two Macs, you might try installing ML first on the Mac you use the least and see how it goes. Sorry I can't be of much more help than this.

    • Arvin
      June 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      So if you were me you'd just wait a month or two to ensure all compatibility issues were ironed out before switching to ML, then?

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