February 16, 2012
Apple Announces OS X Mountain Lion Operating System
Apple has released a developer preview of its ninth major release of its Macintosh operating system, OS X Mountain Lion.
The move comes just seven months after the company released its latest OS X Lion last July.The new operating system will integrate popular features from Apple's iPad to its desktop computers.
The company said that OS X Mountain Lion will have over 100 new features, including Messages, a program that is already being used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Apple said the newest operating system will be available for users to download through its Mac App Store in late summer 2012.
“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” Philip Schiller, Apple´s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement.
“The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world´s most advanced personal computer operating system.”
The Messages app replaces Apple's current iChat app, allowing users to send unlimited messages, photos and videos to iOS devices and other computers.
Apple is also introducing notifications to its Mac operating system, a feature already being utilized in iOS devices.
The Notification Center will provide users access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.
The company will also be featuring AirPlay Mirroring on its computer line using OS X Mountain Lion. This will enable users to stream secure 720p video to an HDTV using Apple TV.
Apple did not say what the new operating system would cost, but when it released OS X Lion last summer, it was priced at $29.99 in its Mac App Store.
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