Apple just announced they are seeding developers with their next OS, Mountain Lion for the Mac. As Apple has eluded to, they are working to bridge the gap between iOS and OS X and Mountain Lion is the closest to date. It essentially brings all the iOS apps to desktops and laptops in one seamless package. This means everything you’ve loved about the mobile apps you’ve been running on your iPhone will now mirror themselves on your Macbook. What’s even better is everything is integrated, meaning you can pick up right where you left off between devices, whether you’re chatting, sharing media, listening to music, playing games or syncing data. It all happens wirelessly and effortlessly.
One of the best features is the integrated messaging. iMessage, FaceTime, and iChat are all integrated into one platform now and all your conversations are unified in one area. No more piecing together conversations. Furthermore, all of your messages are fully visible on your iPhone, iPad, Macbook and iPods at the same time so you never have to switch between devices. This is definitely one Apple ecosystem we can see ourselves getting used to. It had us a little nostalgic about AIM and BBM, so we hope that everyone jumps on the iMessage bandwagon and gets chattin’!
Airplay is also greatly improved, allowing seamless video and audio content transfer from your computer to a TV or other display – wirelessly.
Expect to hear a lot more of these words in the next six months – Share Street. It’s a system-level sharing app which is introduced in Mountain Lion.
While this is only the dev version, expect the full version this summer at MacWorld conference. We definitely see the direction Apple is taking here – unifying their OS’s in an effort to better unify your entire Apple ecosystem of products – and we like what we’re seeing.