Apple OS X Mountain Lion features iCloud, Twitter, AirPlay Mirroring, and more

Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:10
applelogo010311_optBY JASON KIM

Today, Apple released their next OS X version named Mountain Lion, for developer previews. This eight official version promises to bring “popular apps and features from iPad to the Mac.”

“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,” stated Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Mountain Lion has incorporated such services as Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center for Mac, plus Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring. The developer preview includes, as well, Gatekeeper for security against malware.

Apple claims this version is the first to be released with iCloud as a basis for design. With this effort, Apple will try to take advantage of its reported 100 million users of iCloud.

Also, as a first for the venerable operating ecosystem, Twitter has been integrated throughout so the user can “sign on once and tweet directly from Safari (Apple’s browser), Quick Look, Photo Booth, Preview and other third party apps.”

Mountain Lion also introduces AirPlay Mirroring, which is claimed to be “an easy way to wirelessly send a secure 720p video stream of what's on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV.”

So, ultimately what does this mean?

“To be fair, while Snow Leopard mainly focused on improvements in speed and size, Mountain Lion actually packs a bunch of new features,” said NG Siegler of TechCrunch.

“’s more of a continuation of what Lion started. Apple has far more iOS users than OS X users at this point. Now it’s about getting everyone on the same page. This early build is a great start”.

Chris Taylor of Mashable suggested that, “...things are going to be a lot more fun around the edges of the Mac OS... At the grand old age of 12, OS X was starting to seem a little too ‘same-y’ with each iteration. This new younger partner is about to give the Mac a new lease on life.”

Apple’s total OS X market share is near 6 percent of total worldwide use from some estimates.

Mountain Lion will be available for download in late summer of 2012.