See our hands-on of the Messages Beta for more details. This means users can access and modify their reminders on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The interface is a dead ringer for Reminders on the iPad. It syncs instantly via iCloud across devices. Game Center Another iOS transplant: Users can access their iOS Game Center scores and stats.
Even better, future games will allow users on iOS and the Mac to play head-to-head. Notes Apple's note-taking app is now in OS X. This makes it easy to connect and share to Facebook coming this fall , Twitter, Vimeo and Flickr.
This makes it easy to share you screen -- and any video on it -- to a television with an Apple TV. Safari Tab View There is lots of great new stuff in Safari 6, but we really love the tab view that makes it easy to flick across tabs with a trackpad or Magic Mouse.
This makes it easy for users to access the tabs open on the iPhone and iPad. This feature is virtually identical to Chrome's tab sync, but for Safari fans, it's a great treat.
The share sheets depend on the program you are in, but you can usually send stuff to Facebook this fall , Twitter, Messages and Mail. It's an easy way to share your favorite web pages.
Tweeting From an App Users can tweet photos from compatible apps such as Preview. The image is uploaded to Twitter's official image service. Notifications Notifications are now an official part of OS X. They can be controlled at an app level.
By default, non-pressing actions will appear on screen for a few seconds before disappearing. Notification Center Swiping from the far right on the trackpad brings up the Notifications Center. This displays recent notifications by app in an easy to access way.
This makes it easy to send a tweet without having to have an app or website open. They get their own starred folders and special notifications every time a message comes in. As a bonus, if you have Apple software that wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store such as iLife or iWork , updates to those apps appear in the Mac App Store updates panel too. By default, it only allows apps that have been signed by a developer or were purchased in the Mac App Store to run. This is just one more step to make sure that malware or other nasty software doesn't accidentally find its way onto your Mac.
It's that time of year when a Mac owner's fancy turns to thoughts of felines. Yes, those who lusted after Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion in summers past can finally get their paws on a brand new kitty: Is it worth it? It's a fair question. But it doesn't quite live up to Apple's pre-launch hype. So first of all, kudos to Apple for letting us prodigal Snow Leopard lovers return to the fold — without forcing us to buy Lion first.
Mountain Lion is a more mature kind of cat, one that delivers on nearly all of its predecessor's promise. If you own an iPhone, an iPad or both, you're going to love how much more connected all your devices are.
If you're a frequent tweeter, this is pretty much Twitter OS. It doesn't quite live up to all of Apple's pre-launch hype, however. The integration of iCloud isn't as intuitive as we would like.
Using Messages, which is iChat combined with iMessages on the iPhone, can be an exercise in frustration; that should be smoothed out once Apple launches iOS 6 in the fall. That is coming as an update in the fall, though we're not sure why — it was included in the review copy Apple gave us, and seemed to post to the social network just fine.
We hope the Apple servers are up to the challenge of providing it to thousands of users simultaneously. Installation told us it would take 30 minutes; it was done in The entire OS seems significantly speedier. We were especially impressed that you can now boot it up in less than 5 seconds on a top-of-the-line Macbook Retina , and only a few seconds more on a Macbook Air. Bouncing icons in the dock are a thing of the past; not that the animation has been retired, but there's barely time for it to run.
The in-app sharing sheets that let you post to Twitter , once Mountain Lion has your account info, work simply, look beautiful and may make you want to use Safari as your default browser. We're only shunning it for its lack of pinned tabs. More apps could do with Twitter integration; it seems odd that you can put your iPhoto snaps on Flickr, but can't tweet them. Still, the feature — which we expect every app maker is going to want to integrate — is off to a roaring start. That's Reminders, an app that showed promise on the iPhone and iPad and now appears for the first time on your Mac.
Because Siri uses Reminders, you can in theory dictate a day's worth of doings to your phone while commuting, and have them automatically waiting on your desktop before you arrive. Siri doesn't appear in Mountain Lion itself, but Apple has done the next best thing and included its dictation engine. Tap the Function key twice or tap once and hold in any app and speak-write your way to success; it will learn the nuance of your voice. It's like having Dragon Dictate without spending a hundred bucks for it.
Mountain Lion's Top 15 New Features Notifications for all those Reminders, appointments, Messages, and anything else any other app wants to tell you about are nicely consolidated. They appear for a few seconds in the top right-hand corner, then corral themselves into a whole new area you can tap or swipe in from the side of the screen. You'll find yourself checking this area often. We were especially pleased by how well Notifications plays with others — in particular, erstwhile Apple nemesis Google.
If Chrome and Messages both want to tell you about the same chat message, for example, Mountain Lion defaults to the Chrome notification. But the company has decided that iCloud should be barely visible. You can sync text between devices in the Notes app, and your PDFs in Preview, yet there's no such thing as an iCloud app where you see all your cloud-based documents at a glance. It would have been useful, especially considering you only have 5 GB of free storage on the service. I found myself turning iCloud on a surprising number of times in different apps and System Preferences panes.
It required me to create a new me. The process was hardly intuitive, which is strange since the OS has already asked if you want to use iCloud, during installation.
Messages should be the app that benefits most from iCloud, and in theory the app is genius. You can send a quick message to any iPhone or iPad from your desktop. What's not to love? Send that text to an iPhone from your desktop, and it pops from the email address you use for your Apple ID, rather than from your phone number. There are several unintended consequences here. Conversations get splintered, irritatingly enough, into multiple threads. You may not want to give the text recipient your Apple ID email address.
Even if you do, they may not recognize it. I've sent a couple of Messages that got no response simply because my friends had no idea who it was from. It would also be nice if Apple could load up your iMessage conversation history, which it has easy access to via the iPhone — and if it could keep track of both sides of a conversation no matter where else you had it, such as Google Talk.
Your Messages app is going to look oddly empty for a while. Final Thoughts This is a tremendously feature-rich upgrade from Apple, one that breathes new life into a year-old OS — and more than makes up for Lion. Even though Facebook integration won't be ready until the fall, and Messages won't truly be ready for prime time until then, we see no reason why Mac owners should delay. It's well worth the price of a few lattes. There's a whole bunch of stuff it's downloading for you even when your machine is asleep a feature Apple calls Power Nap.
Mac OS and the iOS are now joined at the hip in a dozen meaningful ways such as Games Center, which will now lets a Mac owner play an opponent on the iPad, for example. We can't wait to see what their marriage produces next. Have you downloaded Mountain Lion yet? What do you make of it? Let us know in the comments. More About Mountain Lion.