The newest version of Apple’s OS has been officially announced at the 2012 WWDC. As we all know, it’s the OS X Mountain Lion, and it’s coming out a year after the successfully launched Lion OS.
The Mountain Lion is boasted to be the “best OS ever” as it comes with built-in iCloud, plus about 200 “innovative” features for your Macbook Pro. One notable feature added in the Mountain Lion is Dictation where you can dictate texts on any app that allows you to type. Similar to what you see in the iPad, just click on the microphone button and speak away. You can even use the feature on any third-party application such as Microsoft Word.
Other features on the Mountain Lion include:
- A new Notification Center
- A new Messages app
- System-wide Sharing
- Built-in Facebook support
- Power Nap – automatically refreshes your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, etc. while it sleeps to keep you up to date. Can also download software updates and use Time Machine to back up your Macbook when plugged.
- Gatekeeper – for safer internet downloading
- AirPlay Mirroring – wireless streaming of audio to AirPlay speakers or video to HDTV with Apple TV
- Game Center – bringing popular social gaming networks from iOS to Mac so you can play with your friends no matter what Apple device they use.
- A faster Safari
- Over 1,700 new APIs
The OS X Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store starting in July for $ 19.99 or for free if you’ve recently bought a qualified new Mac system any authorized Apple reseller on or after June 11, 2012.