Hands on with Apple’s new OS X Mountain Lion

“On Thursday Apple announced that it will release a new version of OS X — Mountain Lion — this summer, just a year after the release of OS X Lion,” Jason Snell reports for Macworld.

“Like Lion, Mountain Lion offers numerous feature additions that will be familiar to iOS users,” Snell reports. “This OS X release continues Apple’s philosophy of bringing iOS features ‘back to the Mac,’ and includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Twitter integration, Game Center, and AirPlay Mirroring.”

Snell reports, “I’ve had a few days to use an early development version of Mountain Lion. Here’s a look at what’s new so far, keeping in mind that Apple may add and change features over the next few months as we get closer to the planned release.”

Much more in the full article here.

Related article:
Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview; public release coming in late summer 2012 – February 16, 2012

34 Comments

    1. dinjin needs to become a developer – so as to get the preview version, lest the wait until late September’s release becomes debilitating.

      I too have been looking forward to this feature.

  1. I’m sorry to say that I am not an iPad user, but I love my MacBook Pro. I sure wish that I could have iBookstore and iBooks on MacOS.

    I wonder why Apple doesn’t want to sell books to laptop and desktop users.

        1. because it would be awkward to have to put your mouse somewhere to indicate “oh I want to expand this video with a pinch outward gesture”

          In that sense, you might as well click on the video if you have to mouse over it.

          I’m not saying it couldn’t be done, but most likely, they will find a better way to do things. They will also (perhaps) have to update the iBooks Author to insert mac compatible code.

          Otherwise, you would be able to preview an iBook on your mac, but they make you hook up the iPad for a preview!

  2. Personally, I think Apple has taken leave of their senses. Lion beta testing started about this time last year, and the first relatively bug-free version (10.7.3) was just released two weeks ago. Even then, many of those who installed the incremental 10.7.3 update via Software Update had big problems.

    My gut tells me that it’s way too soon for another paid upgrade, another learning curve, another departure from the way Mac users have worked for decades. The average Mac user is just now upgrading to Lion and Apple wants to upgrade OS X again? Progress marches on, but this is starting to look like an old-fashioned hustle on Apple’s part. More will be revealed.

    1. I agree. Lion was without argument the worst version of any Mac OS Apple has ever released. Can’t say that I agree with their desire to turn my desktop computer into an iWhatever either.

    2. Paranoid much?

      Have you even read the article? This won’t be a “another learning curve”. This is essentially Lion with a boatload of new features (many of them cool).

      “Mountain” Lion is like “Snow” Leopard, an incremental improvement, not a radical leap. It isn’t anything like the change from Snow Leopard to Lion.

      ——RM

          1. I did indeed read the full article, which goes into some detail about all the new features that will be implemented in Mountain Lion. I believe you referred to these as “a boatload of new features”. And yet you suggest that there won’t be a learning curve associated with learning how to access and use all of these new features? Please!!!

            1. Sigh. A “learning curve” occurs when you change how *OLD* features work. Not when you add new ones. If you find a new feature too difficult to use, you just don’t use it.

              But if Mountain Lion is just waaaaay too complicated for you, here’s a solution: don’t install it. Many people are happily using Snow Leopard, you know.

              Sheesh.

              ——RM

  3. Apple is going to have ios in macs and this is part of the path to get there

    look at what is being included most, if not all is what we have as part of iPad iPhone IOS

    Sooner or later there will only be one operating system for all apple products

    1. Not likely considering that iOS devices require a 100% touch interface, which will never work well for desktop or laptop computers. I’ve been using an iPhone since it first came out, but my experience with the Apple track pad has been decidely mixed. For me, it’s a nice idea that, in practice, really slows me down and creates alot of frustration. Different strokes for different folks and all that, but it would be a huge mistake (imho) for Apple to take the iOS-ification of OS X too far.

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