Apple Unveils Mountain Lion, Due this Summer

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Apple offered a first look at the successor to OS X Lion, dubbed Mountain Lion, on Thursday. The next version of the Mac operating system adopts even more iOS-like features and is scheduled to ship some time this summer.

Apple is calling Mountain Lion “Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac,” which nicely sums up what’s known about the new OS so far. Mountain Lion offers tighter iCloud integration with support for syncing documents, contacts and calendars, Mail, Safari bookmarks, notes and to-dos, and more.

Mountain Lion on the iMac and MacBook AirMountain Lion on the iMac and MacBook Air

Mountain Lion will include a Reminders app just like iOS 5 for managing to-dos. The Notes app, which has been included in iOS since the original iPhone, will be part of Mountain Lion, too. Notes will support text as well as attachments, web links, and in-line photos.

Social Networking fans get a nod from Apple in the new OS thanks to built-in Twitter support at the system level, just like iOS.

Apple is retiring iChat with Mountain Lion and replacing the app with Messages. That means users will finally be able to easily send unlimited messages to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac users without worrying about which device they’re using or SMS message caps. Messages on the Mac will also support AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk.

Growl users may have an alternative notification option in Mountain Lion’s Notification Center — another feature borrowed from iOS. Like the iPhone and iPad version, it displays alerts from the system, Mail, events and alarms, reminders, messages, and third-party apps.

Apple is also beefing up security with its new Gatekeeper. The app lets users control where apps can be downloaded.

Apple said,

You can choose to install apps from any source, just as you do on a Mac today, or you can use the safer default setting to install apps from the Mac App Store, along with apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple. For maximum security, you can set Gatekeeper to only allow apps from the Mac App Store to be downloaded and installed.

Developers will have access to hundreds of new APIs which should let them add new features to their apps. Chinese support will be improved with better input methods, support for Baidu search in Safari, QQ, 126 and 163 email support, and more.

Mountain Lion will also offer Game Center support, and AirPlay support for wirelessly mirroring your display through the AppleTV, too.

Apple hasn’t set an official launch date yet, or said how much Mountain Lion will cost. It will be available through the Mac App Store as a download, and a developer preview is available now.

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Comments

geoduck

I’m waiting for the next (Ivy Bridge) MacBook Pro’s to be released. This morning I’ve run across several stories about Intel delaying Ivy Bridge Processors.This would likely delay the next MacBook Pros until summer. It’s beginning to look like I’ll be jumping directly from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. <sigh>

Wait a minute, isn’t a Mountain Lion also known as a Puma? That was already used for OS 10.1

KitsuneStudios

We might be in the same boat. It looks like I can FINALLY afford a new computer around May/June, so I’m waiting for the new Ivy Bridge iMacs. the desktop processors don’t look all that much faster than their Sandy Bridge counterparts, but it might at least mean a price drop on the current model refurbs. smile

geoduck

the desktop processors don?t look all that much faster than their Sandy Bridge counterparts, but it might at least mean a price drop on the current model refurbs.

Yeah that’s what I’m looking to do as well. I’ll be comparing the 15” MacBook Pro (Air) with the version’s released last October. Unless there is a big jump in performance with the new Ivy Bridge models I’ll look at getting a Refurb Oct 2011, 15” Pro on discount and swapping out the optical for an SSD.

mrmwebmax

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Wait a minute, isn?t a Mountain Lion also known as a Puma? That was already used for OS 10.1

Yup. And a mountain lion and puma are also the same as a panther. Which means two of PA’s biggest college rivalries—the Penn State Nittany Lions and Pitt Panthers—technically have the same mascot!

Lee Dronick

geoduck said:

Wait a minute, isn?t a Mountain Lion also known as a Puma? That was already used for OS 10.1

Yup. And a mountain lion and puma are also the same as a panther.

Yes and under this new OSX we can Catamount volumes smile

I have some compatibility with Lion and CS4 apps. I wonder if Mountain Lion will make that worse. Maybe it is time to look hard at the alternatives to Illustrator PhotoShop, and Dreamweaver. Currently I no longer need InDesign, Pages fills the bill.

geoduck

A good review on Daring Fireball about his preview of Mountain Lion, including this:

The recurring theme: Apple is fighting against cruft ? inconsistencies and oddities that have accumulated over the years, which made sense at one point but no longer

It’s a good read.

BurmaYank

geoduck said:
“Wait a minute, isn?t a Mountain Lion also known as a Puma? That was already used for OS 10.1

mrmgraphics said:
“And a mountain lion and puma are also the same as a panther. Which means two of PA?s biggest college rivalries?the Penn State Nittany Lions and Pitt Panthers?technically have the same mascot!”

FWIW, what I gather from Wikipedia is that technically,?mountain lions are cougars, and both are also pumas?as members of the Puma genus, whereas true panthers are members of the Panther genus, which also?contains lions, tigers, leopards (Panthera pardus) and jaguars?(Panthera onca).

However, many members of the?Puma genus have been given the local common name (misnomer?) “panther”, such as?the “North America panther”, AKA the cougar or mountain lion (Puma concolor), or the “Florida panther”, a subspecies of cougar (Puma concolor coryi). ?Also, the name “Black panther” has been given to a black variants of leopard, jaguar or cougar, while the name “White panther” has been given to a white or very pale variants of leopard, jaguar or cougar.

mrmwebmax

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FWIW, what I gather from Wikipedia is that technically, mountain lions are cougars, and both are also pumas as members of the Puma genus, whereas true panthers are members of the Panther genus, which also contains lions, tigers, leopards (Panthera pardus) and jaguars (Panthera onca).

However, many members of the Puma genus have been given the local common name (misnomer?) ?panther?, such as the ?North America panther?, AKA the cougar or mountain lion (Puma concolor), or the ?Florida panther?, a subspecies of cougar (Puma concolor coryi).  Also, the name ?Black panther? has been given to a black variants of leopard, jaguar or cougar, while the name ?White panther? has been given to a white or very pale variants of leopard, jaguar or cougar.

I stand technically corrected, even if the name “panther” is used to describe a cougar or mountain lion. smile

geoduck

I stand technically corrected, even if the name ?panther? is used to describe a cougar or mountain lion

Or my aunt Sylvia :groucho:

Ross Edwards

This morning I?ve run across several stories about Intel delaying Ivy Bridge Processors.This would likely delay the next MacBook Pros until summer.

Those reports are from DigiTimes and are bunk, as usual for that publication.  My brother-in-law is an Intel engineer and says Ivy Bridge has been in fab for weeks now and is on schedule for a spring release, and that we’ll know more in early March.  I know it’s just “some guy on the internet” telling you this, but take it for what you will.

MackyMoto

Very unhappy about the demise of iChat. Apple so far has not made any effort to replace the screen sharing functionality offered in iChat. I use screen sharing all the time to help my wife, my parents, and my friends with troubleshooting issues.

geoduck

I know it?s just ?some guy on the internet? telling you this, but take it for what you will.

You’re more than ‘some guy’ you have a bit of history here.
Thanks for the tip.

Lancashire-Witch

I hope Apple does a better job for the upgraders. I don’t want another Snow Leopard-to-Lion experience. Will it be possible to install M Lion over S Leopard, I wonder. I still think Snow Leopard is hard to beat as sound and stable OS.
And perhaps notes, reminders and to-dos will finally work consistently no matter what the age of your hardware. (Notes got left behind on the iPhone 3G; why don’t reminders appear in the Reminders section in the Mail sidebar).
Maybe the annoying dross left behind by upgrading is all part of a master plan to sell new hardware.
As always, I could be wrong.

skipaq

When the news of this “Preview” release broke earlier today I had a sense that something was different. Since when does Apple do a preview release of an OS X upgrade to the media? I cannot remember such an announcement before this one. Where is the famed wall of secrecy? Have all the developer NDA agreements been shredded? And the rumor mill just had their legs cut off. This kind of openness is going to take some adjustment.

Lee Dronick

And the rumor mill just had their legs cut off.

I think that might be one of the reasons. It shouldn’t hurt hardware sales as much as if they announced that this October there would be a new Mac. Give purchasers of new Macs a chit for a free copy of Mountain Lion.

The announcement is also making positive buzz about Apple, turning the subject from the conditions at Foxconn factories. Mountain Lion is being made in the USA.

MOSiX Man

Meh. I was really looking forward to the new features, but just realized that Mountain Lion won’t run on my pre-1998 Mac Pro. I understand the need to have some cut off with older machines that cant really handle the new version, but this Mac can run Lion without any lagging, hiccups or other issues.

I’m sure some will tell me that if my Mac is already five years old, its time to upgrade, but this Mac still has power to spare for what I use it for. The only way in which it is ‘sub-par’ is that it has the old GeForce 7300 GT GPU, and therefore isn’t supported by most graphics-intensive games that have come out in the last year or so. The machine is by no means obsolete.

Trying to be pragmatic about this, I wonder if something in ML will require a better GPU than was offered with the 2007 Mac Pros, or if Apple is cutting out support for those Macs that don’t run a 64 bit kernel, even with the 64 bit version of lion. If the latter, then why?

Lee Dronick

rying to be pragmatic about this, I wonder if something in ML will require a better GPU than was offered with the 2007 Mac Pros, or if Apple is cutting out support for those Macs that don?t run a 64 bit kernel, even with the 64 bit version of lion. If the latter, then why?

Siri perhaps.

Ross Edwards

Mountain Lion won?t run on my pre-1998 Mac Pro.

as the oldest Mac Pro is from 2006 this is not surprising

MOSiX Man

Apple so far has not made any effort to replace the screen sharing functionality offered in iChat.

Actually, Messages does include the screen sharing ability. Essentially, Messages IS iChat, with some new capabilities.

MOSiX Man

as the oldest Mac Pro is from 2006 this is not surprising

Um, oh, right. What I meant, silly person, is my pre-2008 Mac Pro. (It’s actually a 2007 model.) If I really was using a pre-1998 professional Mac, that would likely be a Power Mac G3, and I wouldn’t have any such complaint about backward compatibility.

wab95

Wait a minute, isn?t a Mountain Lion also known as a Puma?

Yes, it is geoduck.

On the other hand, you could argue that an African lion standing on “Mount” Kilimanjaro is also a ‘Mountain Lion’ (granted, Kilimanjaro is not really a mountain, but neither is a cougar a lion - these two cats are not that closely related).

Phylogeny aside, I for one am pleased with the preview of Mountain Lion. Given that Apple are selling more iPads (let alone iOS devices) than Macs, despite expanding Mac market share, the majority of the world’s exposure to Apple’s operating systems is an iOS-oriented one. And the world apparently loves this system, and knows how to operate it.

Harmonising the experience across both the iOS and OS X platforms thus makes sense. Strategically, with the release of Mountain Lion, Apple could substantially lower the threshold even further for Mac adoption, catalysing not only record-breaking Mac sales, but further reinforcing support of its ecosystem in both the personal consumer space and the enterprise.

Oh, and many thanks for the Daring Fireball link. Very nice read, indeed.

themacguy

Hmmm.. “Mountain Lion”?  Not impressed—I’m waiting for “Pussy Cat”—“it just purrs right along, very mellow, gets along with EVERYBODY, and NEVER ever scratches”...  Yeah, geez, I wish….. ;o?

My (14 month old) now “Obsolete” Mid-2010 6-core MacPro Tower runs *sweet* on 10.6.8, (boots from a 3x1tb RAID-0 in under 25 seconds from a cold-start!)—but doesn’t work, (well, barely at all), with the AppleStore downloaded version of “LION”.... 

Very sluggish reboot with 10.7—taking EIGHT MINUTES EVERY TIIME….and another two minutes to redraw the icons on my desktop!!! (which “loads” in <0.25 second in 10.6.8)
—and ALL of my third-party apps are “broken” by the lack of Rosetta,—which is a TOTALLY arbitrary shortcoming, a FORCED obsolescence-by-design by Apple!

Even reinstalling/upgrading to Adobe CS-5.1 didn’t work….still totally slow, TOTALLY unstable…

Also with Apple’s top-of-the-line “Stock” graphics card, the ATI RADEON 5770, with 1GB of VRAM….. THIS is “workstation class”???
—fully cloaked within the “Reality Distortion Field” i guess….). The 5770 is a cheap, very underwhelming <$200.x card, that doesn’t have Open-CL full support (only ver. 1, not 1.5) and no “CUDA” support at all…. (WHY is there no affordable NVIDIA second-card options with MAC drivers??? WHY???!!!! :-(((

I’m NOT impressed at ALL…. Perforce, I will be be sticking with 10.6.8, in full “stand-alone” configuration (I don’t trust the “cloud” worth a damn, either…. ;o}  (Fully backed up x THREE times…)

Plus the “i-OS-ification” of the G.U.I for 10.7 is total GARBAGE, for people who just want to get on with their WORK… (I have severe arthritis in both hands, so “gesture swipes” on a track-pad are just “not on” for me… but NOT optional, in the “new and improved” OS…. 
—-Baaah HUMBUG! :-( 

Plus, they’ve RUINED FinalCutPro…shall I go on???

No..  I’ve said enough…for now!,, Except for “One More Thing”?.... 
NO OPTIONS for resetting the GUI on iPhones or iPads, so as to make the boot-screen be LARGE TEXT, LARGE ICONS (I’m visually handicapped) Instead of the 4 x 6 matrix of TINY icons, with even tinier text labels—another totally arbitrary “Designed-in” shortcoming. Apple really doesn’t care about “Baby Boomers” with failing eyesight, I guess….

Used to be that “Form followed FUNCTION”... these days, Apple is running under the banner of “Form follows STYLISH”
—-and to HELL with basic functionality for “old fashioned” users!

I want a cell-phone that will open up directly to a large-print scrollable LIST of my address-book NAMES.  Scroll down to “George S.) and tap his name… phone dials… THAT is functional! 

However, again, by design, that GUI adjustment is (made!) “not possible”....  SIRI is a damned joke, too… Apple’s been dangling “voice recognition” as the carrot-on-the-stick for 20 years now… It still doesn’t work worth a damn….. Call me when it does!

IF Apple is (apparently) totally abandoning a work-functional GUI (ie: 10.6.x); It would be REALLY nice if they “carved it off” into it’s own branch on the evolutionary “tree” for people (who want it, or NEED it…) to continue to use it… INDEPENDENT OF THE HARDWARE…. 

Firmware restrictions so that the “obsolete” OS will not even BOOT the “improved” hardware is NOT what *I* would call an “improvement”.. Not at all… yet another “by design” forced piece of “obsolescence”

IF there was a VM-ware version of such an “obsolete” version of 10.6.8 that would run “platform independent” (at least on “older Macs” for now!!)—-I’d be off to a custom-built REAL workstation, running it, in the blink-of-an-eye!  Ultimately, “software” and “O/S” should be totally hardware independent (in a utopian ideal world)....  UBUNTU Linux comes closest, but it still isn’t *quite* ready for prime time, and doesn’t have Photoshop or F.C.P., or iTunes capability….
—if it did, I’d be LONG gone….

<rant mode/OFF>  ;o}

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