Mac users have grown at a tremendous pace since 5 years ago. Its growth was simultaneous with Apple’s own progress which is rather remarkable. 26 Million copies of OS X Lion have shipped and roughly 10.4 Million users are using the OS.
During the WWDC event held by Apple, they announced the next version of OS X which will be called Mountain Lion. A much improved file interface is present as it allows you to view your documents, both cloud and local. (There are 125 Million iCloud users in counting, btw).
Also announced was a new-look Safari, featuring “omnibar”, which is like Google Chrome’s feature that allow for searches and URLs to be typed in the same location. In the new version of Safari, tabs can be synced across your Apple devices thanks to iCloud Tabs. Support for Chinese users has improved with the addition of Chinese dictionary and Baidu support.
Power Nap, keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps, according to Apple. Basically, it will grab your latest email, photos, install system and updates from the App Store automatically, even when your Mac is sleeping. Not everyone will be able to use it as only recent Macbook Air will be lucky enough to have this feature.
AirPlay Mirroring lets you, as the name implies, mirror you Mac to any TV or projector in 1080p.
Game Center supports play between iOS and OS X for turn-based and head-to-head games. Your Game Center account is synced as well so it is the same on your gadget and at your desk.
The Mountain Lion software will be available in July and is priced at $19.99.
To recap here are the new features included in the update:
- Messages, Notes, Reminders
- Support for universal login to Twitter
- Ability to dictate
- Share buttons integrated (Facebook and Twitter)
- New-look Safari
- Power Nap
- Airplay Mirroring
- Game Center
- Once a projector is attached, the new Notification Center is programmed to be muted automatically
- 1700 new APIs