Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

Apple Announces Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Featuring Notification Center, Messages, Twitter Integration

Leaving Apples hardware apart, Steve Jobs at the WWDC ’11 said that Apple loves software than hardware and we have been watching that the hardware by Apple is much slower than the software. Apple revealed iOS 5 at the WWDC ’11 and released it for developers on that day and publicly from October. The Mac OS X Lion 10.7 had a big era in which developers had a hold of it but it launched publicly in July ’11 and was revealed in 2010’s special event at which Jobs introduces the MacBook Air and Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

The Mac OS X Lion 10.7 had a tag line of loving iOS and they almost did everything to make it same like iOS. The features of iOS which were taken up was the folders, launch pad and many. Well today right after Valentines day though Apple revealed a next step to its Lion series and its the Mountain Lion now. First the land and now up to the mountains.

Well the Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 doesn’t have anything new but has a much of old things… Yeah everything up from iOS. Now we should start to sell our iDevices I guess and buy Macs, that’s what Apple wants I guess. So lets get over the features which we have first reviewed in iOS.


Its the same as the iOS. When you will set up the Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 from the first set up you will there enter your iCloud/Apple ID and password so that you are on to the server and connect to your rest of iDevices.

It just works. In more ways than ever. In OS X Mountain Lion, sign in once with your Apple ID and iCloud is automatically set up across your Mac.1 That means right away iCloud keeps your mail, calendars, contacts, documents, and more up to date on every device you use. So when you add, delete, or edit something on your Mac, it happens on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. And vice versa.


Well its originally Messages but if you want to say its actually iMessages. Messages is the same as iMessages you will be able to chat uo between your friends using iPod touch, iPad, iPhone and now Mac. The chat will be free and you have to enter up your Apple ID for this purpose.

Mac keeps the conversation going. Messages does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. And just like iMessage in iOS, it lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone’s typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and they’ll see when you’ve read a message. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private. And you can start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. So nothing is left unsaid.

 You can download iMessages beta from here.


Remember what Scot Forstall told about the reminders app at the WWDC ’11 ???? Well just set a reminder directly from your Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and it will be up to our other iDevices via iCloud. Set a reminder and you are good to go. It has the same interface as of the iOS.

Now nothing slips your mind. When you have so much to do, Reminders helps you get it done. It’s all in a list. More than one, in fact. Make as many lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you’ll get alerts as deadlines approach. Check items off your lists as you go and keep track of what you’ve completed. And to be sure you don’t forget anything, iCloud keeps your reminders up to date on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.


Notes, familiar with this thing. You can now set up notes right up from your Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and it will be up of course to all your iDevices via iCloud. The new feature of it is that you can add pictures into your notes, rest is to write the note.

A feature for your thoughts. Notes in OS X Mountain Lion is designed for whatever’s on your mind. Think it up. Jot it down. Make it even more noteworthy with photos, images, and attachments. You can add, delete, and flip through your notes or do a quick search. Use the Share button to send your notes to friends or colleagues with Mail or Messages. Pin important notes to your desktop so they’re easy to get to. And take them with you everywhere. Notes works with iCloud, so when you create or edit a note on your Mac, it automatically updates on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Notification Center 

Apple loves iOS, yes they do. The same notification center which you found in iOS 5. In that you swipe throught top in Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 swipe it from right to get every thing notified. It will notify you about the Apps update, FaceTime calls, Messages, Reminders and other applications reminder as they have started to develop there application for Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. One thing is new, the notification center can stay up in every application.

See what’s new with you. All in one place. Something new is always popping up somewhere on your Mac — an email, an instant message, a friend request, a calendar alert, and more. Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything. Notification banners appear on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t interrupt what you’re doing. Swipe to the left, and you’ll see all your notifications in a simple, ordered list. So you’ll always know what’s up as soon as it comes up.

Share Sheets

Yeah I guess this is something new… in Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. The top left button in the Safari browser and extreme bottom button in Photo Booth which you used to click to save the web page/Pictures option as the bookmark or to add it to the reading list now will have to more icons containing Messages so that you can message the link and other is of  Tweet (Its down), tweeting the URL to your followers/friends.

When you see it, share it. You’ll find the Share button in many OS X Mountain Lion apps. It’s the new, easy way to spread the word — links, photos, and videos, too. Send links from Safari. Send your notes via Mail and Messages. Post photos to Flickr. Send videos to Vimeo. And tweet just about anything.


Yeah Twitter actually is getting integrated to Apple now not only to iOS 5. The same tweeting interface and tweeting the links, pictures, videos, etc.

Tweet right from your apps. OS X Mountain Lion keeps you on top of all things Twitter. Sign in once and you’re all set to start tweeting — and you don’t have to leave the app you’re in. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet. Tweet comments and add locations. And when someone mentions you in a tweet or sends you a direct message, you’ll get a Twitter notification right then and there.

Game Center

The same Game Center application of iOS is now available in Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. You can now check the leader boards and stuff related to iOS gaming rather gamer’s can now be hard.

Mac gets in on the game. The Mac is about to go up against iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — in a friendly Game Center way.2 Now it’s a bigger playing field with even more competition. Just create a Game Center account with your Apple ID. Then sign in and you’re in. Friends will find you fast, and you’ll track them down easily. Get a multiplayer game started or go up against people you don’t know. Check out leaderboards and see how your high score ranks against opponents’ scores around the world. And discover new games based on the ones you and your friends already play.

AirPlay Mirroring

Extracting the AirPlay mirroring out of the iPad now its up in the Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and you can simply air stuff via the Apple TV in your house to watch movies, listen music play games and more.

Your Mac is on TV. This new feature in Mountain Lion is made for an audience. With AirPlay Mirroring, you can stream what’s on your Mac to your HDTV via Apple TV. Show web pages and videos to friends on the couch. Share lessons with a classroom. Present to a conference room. It’s a big deal for your Mac. And for everyone around it.


Something new at last… If you see it in a normal sense its an Anti Virus by Apple actually. It will prevent the malicious downloadings by three ways

  1. Download and run applications from anywhere, just as in OS X Lion.
  2. Download and run apps from the Mac App Store and apps with a Developer ID.
  3. Download and run only apps from the Mac App Store

A more secure Mac. Under your control. Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion makes the Mac safer than ever. It helps prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software. And it gives you control over which applications to download and run on your Mac. Now you can choose from three security options. You can download and run applications from anywhere, just as in OS X Lion. To be even safer, download and run apps from the Mac App Store and apps with a Developer ID. Or download and run only apps from the Mac App Store — the safest setting of all. Gatekeeper lets you decide which setting is best for you.

China Love

Last but not the least Apple has actually shown love to China folks. For Chinese a whole new Chinese language, Chinese integration and more of Chinese.

It’s a new Mac experience in China. OS X Mountain Lion brings all-new support for many popular Chinese services. And they’re easy to set up. Mail, Contacts, and Calendar work with QQ, 163, and 126. Baidu, the leading Chinese search provider, is a built-in option in Safari. The video-sharing websites Youku and Tudou are included in the new Share Sheets, so users in China can easily post videos to the web. They can also blog with Sina weibo, the popular microblogging service. And with improved text input, typing in Chinese is easier, faster, and more accurate.

 The developers can have a copy of Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.