If you own a Mac computer and an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, Apple wants to make your life even easier. Last week, the company debuted its new operating system, “Mountain Lion,” for developers, and reports are streaming in that it is full of innovations for Apple users.
The first thing you will notice about Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) is that the interface looks like the operating system on the iPhone (iOS). Mountain Lion represents a huge step forward in unifying all Apple devices, giving Mac users easy access to features so far exclusive to the small screen—like Reminders, Messages, Notification and Game Center. The new features will allow users to better organize everything from workouts to Words with Friends.
One of the most interesting things about Mountain Lion is that it reveals how central the iCloud will become to Apple’s strategy. Right now, Apple users can save certain types of files to the iCloud for viewing on other devices. With the new operating system, saving to the iCloud and accessing files there will be seamless from any device. Download a workout to your home computer, and it’ll be on your phone at the gym. Access your complete music library anywhere you go. You can even start writing a term paper on your desktop at home and finish it on your iPad during a long bus ride.
Mountain Lion officially comes out this summer, and it will be available only through the Mac App Store. Check out some of the new features for yourself and stay up-to-date on the latest developments through the Apple website.