You knew this was coming, right? Except for the name, Mac OS X is on a path to become iOS. Apple introduced OS X Mountain Lion. Yes, it’s another in a long line of OS cats, but just think of this version as iOS for Mac.
If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, these 10 new Mountain Lion functions will look familiar:
#10 – iCloud: More integration with Apple’s wildly successful iCloud (100-million users so far). Documents will sync between Mac and the cloud.
#9 – Messages: Say goodbye to iChat. It’s all about messages, including text messages, all built-in to your Mac. Just like iPhone and iPad.
#8 – Reminders: Keep your simple to-do list synced between all your iDevices.
#7 – Notes: Your note taking just became a serious pastime. Not only does Notes sync between devices, but there’s newfound word processor-like power.
#6 – Notification Center: Goodbye, Growl. Hello drop down and pop up notices.
#5 – Share Sheets: Just like on your iPhone or iPad, a one-click option to email, text, or send information; built-in to the apps.
#4 – Twitter: But no Facebook? Just like iPhone and iPad, Twitter access is built-in to Mountain Lion.
#3 – Game Center: Play games with your friends on your Mac. Or, iPhone, or iPad, or iPod touch. Game Center goes to the Mac.
#2 – AirPlay Mirroring: Another reason to get an Apple TV. Whatever is on your Mac’s screen is auto displayed onto the TV connected to Apple TV.
#1 Gatekeeper: Apple acknowledges malware with a unique way to control which apps can run on your Mac. Mac App Store apps are safe. Certified apps are safe. Everything else is suspect but you control what runs on Mountain Lion and what doesn’t. Goodbye malware.
iOS users outnumber Mac users by a wide margin, so it’s not a surprise that iOS features are regularly rolled back into the Mac. Mountain Lion is available for developers now, but the rest of us will get it later this year.
One more thing. It’s not Mac OS X or Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It’s just plain OS X.