Apple has revealed the release date and price of its new Mountain Lion operating system, promising it will launch with more than 200 new features.
Not wanting users to get lost in sea of new content, V3 breaks down the Mountain Lion's most interesting features offering a complete guide about what's currently known about Apple's new OS version.
Improved iCloud integration
Although Apple already announced iCloud integration on Mountain Lion, it used WWDC to reveal Apple's iWork suite will be updated to support iCloud storage.
The addition adds to the services existing online document editing services and device synchronisation features.
Prior to WWDC, Apple confirmed that iCloud will be "built into the foundation of OS X Mountain Lion" and will make it even easier to manage files and content between your Mac computer, iPhone and iPad.
The company claims that by linking your iCloud account Mountain Lion will make it easier to set up reminders and notes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, by automatically syncing any updates you make across all your Apple devices.
The service will also add iCloud Tabs to the company's Safari web browser letting users open tabs across all their Mac computer, iPad and iPhone.
While not a ground breaking feature, with Google offering similar services across Android and PC devices, syncing contacts is a nice addition that adds to Apple's complete ecosystem, making the thought of leaving the company's walled garden all the more difficult.
Mountain Lion will replace iChat with iMessage, meaning that users can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac.
The service will let users send attachments as well, meaning they can easily send files such as high quality photos and HD video. It will also support traditional instant messaging services including AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk and Jabber.
Keeping up the complete ecosystem theme, Apple has confirmed the iMessages will appear on all users' Apple devices meaning, enabling them to can carry on a conversation started on their Mac computer using an iPhone or iPad without losing the chat log.
Additionally, acknowledging that cyber criminals are targeting the Mac OS, Apple has promised secure end-to-end encryption on the device - making it more difficult for criminals to use the information even if they get access to chat logs stored on the device.
Notification Center and built in Facebook support
One other nice touch is the addition of iOS's Notification Center. The service, which is already available on the company iPhone and iPad series of devices, will let users see all their alerts from OS X and third party apps in one place.
The feature also includes a Share button that will let users share files, posting them onto third party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo.
Facebook and Twitter have been given particular emphasis on Mountain Lion. The two social networks are integrated directly into Apple's Notification Center meaning users can receive notifications the moment someone sends them a message or Tweet.
Notification Centre will also sync users' Facebook friends automatically making them appear in the machine's Contacts section complete with profile photos.
One of the newly announced features at WWDC, Power Nap lets users keep their MacBook up to date while they sleep.
The feature automatically refreshes users' Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photostream, Find My Mac and Documents in the Cloud. Additionally, when plugged in Power Nap will download software updates and create a system backup using the Mac's Time Machine feature.
Gatekeeper and other security improvements
A key feature, considering Apple's recent security troubles, Gatekeeper aims to combat Mac Malware.
The service gives users increased control over which apps can be installed on their Mac. In its default setting Gatekeeper will allow users to install apps from the Mac App Store and apps from developers that have a unique Developer ID from Apple.
Those less security conscious will be able to change the settings to let them install apps from anywhere.
Mountain Lion will also by default check for security updates on a daily basis and will feature app sandboxing capabilities to help stop malicious apps compromising their system.
Confirmed earlier in the year, OS X Mountain Lion will also feature AirPlay Mirroring. The service will let users securely stream 720p video streams over wireless from a Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV - a useful feature for those looking to use their Mac for multimedia content.
OS X Mountain Lion is confirmed for a July release and will be available through the Mac App Store for $19.99 - though people who buy one of its newly announced Macbook series will be able to download the OS for free.
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