Apple has now issued a press release announcing OS X Mountain Lion in all its glory. Earlier today select pundits including John Gruber had a chance to release their take on OS X Moutain Lion after private briefings by Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple has somewhat surprised Apple fans and the tech world today with the announcement of the next version of OS X. OS X 10.8 will be called Mountain Lion and it will bring over a 100 new features. We reported about OS X Mountain Lion earlier today when John Gruber and a few other select people filed reports of a private briefing by on other than the Apple CEO himself. This is a new twist of announcing new products for Apple.
OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major OS X release, which brings popular apps and features from iPad to the Mac and accelerates the pace of OS X innovation. Mountain Lion introduces Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring. Mountain Lion is the first OS X release built with iCloud in mind for easy setup and integration with apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a revolutionary security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are installed on your Mac.
The preview release of Mountain Lion is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Mac users will be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store in late summer 2012.
“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.”