New OS X Mountain Lion details announced: Notification Center, Dictation, new apps and more

Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Release Date

During the company’s highly anticipated WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple unveiled new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, so of course, the company provided new details regarding OS X Mountain Lion as well. While OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes more than 200 new features, Apple focused on just a few key items when discussing OS X on Monday:

  • iCloud: 125 million registered users so far, and Apple is adding also adding Documents in the Cloud.¬†Messages, Reminders and Notes apps coming to OS X with Mountain Lion as well.
  • Notification Center coming to Mac: Banners and alerts will be the two key elements, and it works much like the Notification Center in iOS.
  • Dictation: Users can now speak and OS X will convert spoken words to text in any application.
  • Sharing: One location to share any file, webpage and more using any integrated third-party service. Twitter sharing is built in at the OS level.
  • New Safari browser: It includes the fastest javascript engine ever, and the URL and search boxes have been unified. Apple also announced iCloud tabs, which syncs open tabs across each of a user’s OS X and iOS devices. There’s also a new tab view that provides a gesture-driven view of all open tabs.
  • Power Nap: OS X Mountain Lion will continue updating with new notifications and perform other functions while a computer is sleeping. This feature is compatible with recent MacBook Airs and the new MacBook Pro.
  • AirPlay Mirroring: Full AirPlay support with up to 1080p HD resolution.
  • GameCenter: Apple is bringing GameCenter support to OS X with Mountain Lion. Users can use the same account they use on iOS devices, and the Mac version will support turn-based and head-to-head gaming in GameCenter on OS X, and it will also support cross-platform gaming between iOS and OS X devices.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be made available next month for just $19.99.

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