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.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.