(Image source:Slash Gear)

 

BY CHRISTINE KARSTEN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Apple continues to do what it does best--innovate. Apple announced Thursday it will release a new version of OS X — called Mountain Lion — this summer.

 

But how is this new version different from Lion or even Snow Leopard? According to The Wall Street Journal,

 

“The new version of Mac OS X is the clearest sign yet of Apple's belief that the mobile, laptop and desktop world are destined to converge—and that Apple wants to be a catalyst.”

 

Everything from notifications to iMessage will be available on your Mac. And because of the iCloud all your games, notes and apps will be synced across all your Apple devices.

 

Tech junkies are ranting and raving over new features Mountain Lion will bring to the Mac. Gizmodo reports.

 

“Gatekeeper is a simple, preemptive security barrier for people worried about downloading malicious programs…Gatekeeper will let you assign one of three set download levels: anything, Mac App Store only, or programs from trusted developers plus everything in the App Store.”

 

But that is not the only addition creating quite the buzz.... PCMAG says Mountain Lion includes specific improvements for users in China.

 

“Double the number of Chinese characters supported in handwriting recognition, auto-correct, and improved text input… Also planned is Baidu search in Safari, as well as access to Chinese social-network site Sina weibo and video sites Youku and Tudou.”

 

It seems the Mountian Lion aims to bring everything that is good about the iPhone and iPad to the Mac. But CNET points out that Apple did leave out one its latest and crucial iOS feature.

 

“One notable iOS feature that hasn't made the trip is Siri, the voice assistant feature introduced as part of the iPhone 4S. Apple says Mountain Lion is still a work in progress and that features may change ahead of its release, but Siri does not appear to be one of those.”

 

Even without Siri, a writer for MSNBC says she is feeling pretty confident about this one.

 

“Overall, Mountain Lion already sounds like a solid upgrade and one which binds iOS and Mac OS X closer together.”

 

Finally, ZDNet says fusing iOS and OS X environment together is a step in the right direction.

 

“It’s an evolutionary step forward, rather than a revolutionary leap. However, it seems that Apple is learning a lot from iOS and has been busy integrating these features into OS X. This makes it a value-add for those who own both iOS and OS X hardware because the data on your iPhone or iPad is no longer confined to your mobile device.”

 

Mountain Lion is not even in beta testing yet, but USA Today says it will be available as a digital download through the Mac App store when it is released.  

Apple's Mountain Lion: Bringing iOS and OS X One Step Closer

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Feb 16, 2012

Apple's Mountain Lion: Bringing iOS and OS X One Step Closer

(Image source:Slash Gear)

 

BY CHRISTINE KARSTEN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

Apple continues to do what it does best--innovate. Apple announced Thursday it will release a new version of OS X — called Mountain Lion — this summer.

 

But how is this new version different from Lion or even Snow Leopard? According to The Wall Street Journal,

 

“The new version of Mac OS X is the clearest sign yet of Apple's belief that the mobile, laptop and desktop world are destined to converge—and that Apple wants to be a catalyst.”

 

Everything from notifications to iMessage will be available on your Mac. And because of the iCloud all your games, notes and apps will be synced across all your Apple devices.

 

Tech junkies are ranting and raving over new features Mountain Lion will bring to the Mac. Gizmodo reports.

 

“Gatekeeper is a simple, preemptive security barrier for people worried about downloading malicious programs…Gatekeeper will let you assign one of three set download levels: anything, Mac App Store only, or programs from trusted developers plus everything in the App Store.”

 

But that is not the only addition creating quite the buzz.... PCMAG says Mountain Lion includes specific improvements for users in China.

 

“Double the number of Chinese characters supported in handwriting recognition, auto-correct, and improved text input… Also planned is Baidu search in Safari, as well as access to Chinese social-network site Sina weibo and video sites Youku and Tudou.”

 

It seems the Mountian Lion aims to bring everything that is good about the iPhone and iPad to the Mac. But CNET points out that Apple did leave out one its latest and crucial iOS feature.

 

“One notable iOS feature that hasn't made the trip is Siri, the voice assistant feature introduced as part of the iPhone 4S. Apple says Mountain Lion is still a work in progress and that features may change ahead of its release, but Siri does not appear to be one of those.”

 

Even without Siri, a writer for MSNBC says she is feeling pretty confident about this one.

 

“Overall, Mountain Lion already sounds like a solid upgrade and one which binds iOS and Mac OS X closer together.”

 

Finally, ZDNet says fusing iOS and OS X environment together is a step in the right direction.

 

“It’s an evolutionary step forward, rather than a revolutionary leap. However, it seems that Apple is learning a lot from iOS and has been busy integrating these features into OS X. This makes it a value-add for those who own both iOS and OS X hardware because the data on your iPhone or iPad is no longer confined to your mobile device.”

 

Mountain Lion is not even in beta testing yet, but USA Today says it will be available as a digital download through the Mac App store when it is released.  

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