|Feb 16, 2012, 07:54 AM||#1|
Apple Releases First Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion, Public Launch in Late Summer
Apple today announced that it has released the first developer preview of the company's next-generation operating system, named OS X Mountain Lion. The release will bring over 100 new features, including a number of those familiar to iOS users such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. The first developer preview is available to registered developers today, with a public launch through the Mac App Store scheduled for late this summer.
Finally, Apple is continuing its emphasis on expanding into China with substantial improvements for Chinese users included enhanced Chinese input methods and the addition of Baidu as a search engine option. Integration with Chinese email and video hosting sites as well as the Sina weibo microblogging service is also included.
Advance previews of OS X Mountain Lion are available from a number of sources:
- The Loop
- The Verge
- The Wall Street Journal's interview with Tim Cook
And perhaps most interestingly, Daring Fireball's John Gruber relates the private briefing he received from Phil Schiller and other Apple executives.
Article Link: Apple Releases First Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion, Public Launch in Late Summer
|Feb 16, 2012, 07:55 AM||#2|
Liking the iOS additions. The notification sidebar will be useful, especially when accessed via a gesture.
From what I read on The Verge, seems that the Messages app is a bit messy right now, particularly because of the iPhone using your phone number as an identifier, and iMessages being sent as SMS's not showing up. Hopefully they'll sort all that out, because it is an issue with the iPhone and iPad, never mind tossing the Mac into it too.
Updates via the Mac App Store is a nice addition too, I assume these will be pushed updates.
I'm excited to see what comes out of this, especially since this is a pre-developer preview. There's no new GUI yet though, but maybe they could save that for the keynote.
15" MacBook Pro 2GHz i7 8GB 750GB Hybrid | Mac mini 2.3GHz i7 16GB 1TB Fusion | OS X 10.10
iPhone 5 64GB | Apple TV 3 1080p | iOS 7.1.2
Home Theatre Hackintosh i3 3.5GHz 4GB 3TB | OS X 10.9
|Feb 16, 2012, 07:57 AM||#4|
Didn't see this coming so soon. I'm still on Snow Leopard, the verge has some good coverage of the new features.
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|Feb 16, 2012, 07:57 AM||#6|
I'm quite new to macs. Is this normal for such a quick release?
If you’re busy making everything, how can you perfect anything? - Apple
Always keep the rhythm in your feet and a little party in your shoulders. - Phil Dunphy
|Feb 16, 2012, 07:57 AM||#8|
and i hoped for a mayor interface design change in new update! eh, still 'ios on mac' motto OS.
17" MacBook Pro 2011 2.2GHz 8gb
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iPhone 5 16gb
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|Feb 16, 2012, 07:58 AM||#12|
They've ported a lot of iOS things.. I almost think they should have brought those through another way in Lion. Not make a whole new operating system... there must be stuff yet to come.
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|Feb 16, 2012, 07:59 AM||#13|
will we finally get back some of the lost functionality of Spaces in Snow Leopard. And proper multi-display iMissionControl support(like dragging a windows from one display to another in missionControl, and seeing both displays next to eachother in iMissionControl???)
|Feb 16, 2012, 08:00 AM||#19|
I wonder when will they ship a version of OSX that prohibits everything from other sources but the App Store.
Gatekeeper looks like the next step in that direction.
|Feb 16, 2012, 08:01 AM||#21|
VERY happy about iMessage and Notification Center for OS X. Not entirely unexpected, but very welcome.
It looks like iMessage will be replacing iChat:
MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012), iPhone 5
|Feb 16, 2012, 08:01 AM||#22|
Notes and reminders; as far I understand were already present in OSX.
That said I hope this isn't too expensive, a new OS every 18 months or so at even £25 will quickly mount up to a stealth tax in an already expensive environment.
13" MacBook Pro Retina iPhone 5S iPad Mini Retina Cinema Display
|Feb 16, 2012, 08:01 AM||#24|
OSX 10.1 is known as "Puma."
OSX 10.8 will be known as "Mountain Lion."
According to Wikipedia:
"The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the family Felidae, native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar. Although large, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions."
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