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February 16, 2012

Apple Announces Mac OS X Mountain Lion

by Colin Jones

Apple has today announced its next update for  Mac OS X – It’s called Mountain Lion and the Cupertino based company has already released a preview for developers.

The redesigned OS incorporates several features from iOS which powers the iPhone and iPad, including a new messaging app and Twitter integration.

“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“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.”

iOS apps such as Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Centre will be integrated into the Mac OS for the first time.

Mountain Lion will have iCloud compatibility and AirPlay mirroring (already available on the iPhone and iPad 2), which will allow Mac users to stream video and audio from their computer to a TV using Apple TV.

Apple said the new Messages app will replace iChat and will allow users to send messages, photos and videos for free from their Mac.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the latest release brings the Mac software closer to the iOS system on the iPhone and iPad.

“We see that people are in love with a lot of apps and functionality here,” Cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday. “Anywhere where that makes sense, we are going to move that over to Mac.”

 

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