Mac OS X Is Getting More Like iOS

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-06-26 Print this article Print


5. The bridge to iOS 

Apple has said that it wants to make OS X and iOS a bit more similar than it has in the past. With "Mountain Lion," the company appears to have done that. From its improved multi-touch support to the addition of a host of previously iOS-only apps (like iMessage), OS X is slowly but surely becoming more iOS-like. 

6. Notifications, anyone? 

Furthermore, Apple has also brought Notification Center to OS X "Mountain Lion." With the help of that useful feature, users will be alerted to a new email, software update or an instant message. A swiping feature on a touch pad will help users access Notification Center. 

7. Power Nap is huge 

With the help of a new feature called Power Nap, OS X "Mountain Lion" users won€™t need to worry about keeping their Mac up-to-date. According to Apple, the app will continue to update Mail, Calendar, Contacts and other programs even while the Mac is asleep. If the Mac is asleep and connected to a power source, the OS will automatically download software updates and back up data to Time Machine. 

8. A Siri-like dictation 

Unfortunately, Apple has stopped short of bringing Siri to OS X "Mountain Lion." However, the company has delivered dictation, which, it says, will allow users to speak whatever they want to type out. Whether it€™ll work well remains to be seen, but overall, Siri is solid, so it should come in handy. 

9. Social integration 

For consumers, especially, the addition of both Facebook and Twitter integration across the operating system is a huge new feature. With Facebook support, users will be able to share photos or links without even browsing to the social network€™s Website. "Mountain Lion" also will automatically add Facebook friends to Contacts to improve sharing information. Such sharing will also be available with Twitter. 

10. AirPlay mirroring 

Enterprise users should be happy to hear that AirPlay Mirroring is coming to OS X "Mountain Lion." As iPad owners know, AirPlay Mirroring allows users to share their screens on a big-screen television. It€™s a great way to show off presentations and now should make it much easier for folks to do the same with Macs. However, be aware that the feature requires an Apple TV to work, so it will set users back $99 to make it work. 

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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