Apple has been turning its desktop Operating System OS X more and more into iOS (from UI point of view, at least). It first brought features like multitouch gestures and launchpad in Lion to start the process of iOSification of OS X. Today Apple surprised everyone by releasing a new app called Messages and a sneak peak of OS X Mountain Lion to developers. These two releases clearly indicated what Apple has in mind for the future of OS X. The UI of Messages app is very much inspired by iPad’s UI, and not only the Message app but most of the new features introduced in Mountain Lion have been borrowed from iOS too.
iCloud, Apple’s cloud service that just works. In Mountain Lion users will be able to sign into their iCloud account and it will automatically set up itself across all parts of your Mac. iCloud will keep your mail, calendars, contacts, documents and other stuff up to date on all of your Apple devices and if you delete or add anything on one device, say on your iPad, it will automatically appear in your Mac or iPhone.
This is the new feature i am personally most excited about. Everyone said that iMessage will kill SMS when it was released on iOS, and now as it has already become available on OS X, let’s see what damage it makes to traditional SMS. Users will now be able to chat, share pictures and videos, and other attachments to their friends across all Apple devices including Macs, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Not only that but users will also be able to continue their conversations from where they left from any of their device. More info here
Just look at the image above. Reminders app for iOS looks exactly like the one found on iOS devices. Not only it will allow you to save and manage reminders on your Mac but also keep all of your reminders updated on all of your Apple devices, thanks to iCloud.
This new Mac app is one of iOS’s oldest. Notes for OS X Mountain Lion will let users create notes and share them with friends via Mail and Messages. The app allows users to add, delete, flip, and perform a quick search for notes. Notes app also works with iCloud and automatically updates and add/delete files on all linked Apple devices including iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and of course Mac.
Introduced in iOS 5, the Notification Center is one of the most used feature of iOS right now and Apple knows it. Now Mac users will also be able to see all of their Notifications from different apps. These notifications will include emails, instant messages, friend requests, calendar alerts, and more. To access the Notification Center, Mac users need to swipe to the left on their trackpads – Notification Center will appear at top right of the screen.
Share Sheets (not taken from iOS but still a good addition to OS X)
Share Sheets feature will appear in many OS X Mountain Lion apps, and will allow users share links, photos, and videos with their friends online. Users will be able to send notes, links, photos, and videos using Share Sheets feature. This particular feature is not found on iOS, but may become part of it in iOS 6. Fingers crossed.
Just like Twitter integration of iOS 5, OS X Mountain Lion users will be able to tweet from anywhere on their Macs. Users will only have to sign in once and then they will be able to tweet links and photos directly from apps like Safari, Photo Booth etc. Users can send DMs and also add their locations in their tweets.
Another feature adopted from iOS is Game Center. Users just have to sign in to Game Center once and they will then be able to play online games with their friends, see leaderboards, rankings, and more.
Airplay Mirroring feature allows users to stream Mac to their HDTV via Apple TV just like they do on their iOS devices. It is a very useful feature that will allow users to show webpages, videos, photos, to their friends on larger screens in their living rooms and use the feature as they like.
For those of you interested, OS X Mountain Lion is now available for download to registered developers in Mac Dev Center.