Apple posts video highlighting new features of OS X Mountain Lion

Apple first released the Mountain Lion developer preview back in February, and during the recent keynote, more details about the upcoming OS were revealed. Aside from the iOS features that it’ll be getting (Reminders, Notes, iCloud, Notifications, Messages etc.), Mountain Lion will also have Facebook integration, Dictation, Sharing and the nifty Power Nap – where the Mac is able to stay up-to-date even when it’s in sleep mode. The complete list of over 200 new features can be found on Apple’s webpage here. Mountain Lion will be coming to the Mac App Store in July for only $19.99, which is a complete bargain for the upgrade. You can check out the new video trailer highlighting all the major changes after the gap.

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OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview now available for download [video tour]

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 AirPlay® Mirroring. Mountain Lion is the first OS X release built with iCloud® 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.

“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.”

The preview version of Mountain Lion is only available to 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.

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Apple releases Messages beta for Mac OS X Lion

One of the most popular features found in iOS 5 – iMessage – will be coming to a Mac near you, thanks to the upcoming and next major release of Mac Os: Mountain Lion. In fact, the beta version of Messages for Mac was released earlier today, so current Lion users can get a taste of sending messages to other iDevices right from their Macs. Here’s what you can expect from the highly anticipated chat app:

  • Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.*
  • Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
  • Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
  • Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

Upon installing Messages, it’ll replace iChat on your Mac, though iChat services will continue to work. You can download the (free) Messages beta app directly from Apple.