Apple has announced that the developer preview of the next version of OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, is now available for download. While Lion’s release brought a number of features over from iOS (namely the App Store, Auto-Correct, Launchpad etc.), Mountain Lion takes it one step further by integrating Messages, Reminders, Twitter Integration and more.
Mountain Lion introduces Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlayÂ® Mirroring. Mountain Lion is the first OS X release built with iCloudÂ® in mind for easy setup and integration with apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a revolutionary security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are installed on your Mac.
â€œThe Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,â€ said Philip Schiller, Appleâ€™s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. â€œThe 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 worldâ€™s most advanced personal computer operating system.â€
The preview version of Mountain Lion is only available toÂ Mac Developer Program members ($99/year), so unless you’ve already enrolled (or are planning to), you’ll have to wait until its official release later this summer. In the mean time though, you can check out Apple’s video tour highlighting all of Mountain Lion’s major new features after the break.