Mobile and Wireless: OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6 Enhancements Are Only Incremental
TECH ANALYSIS: The next versions of Apple's operating systems will gain what look in the most favorable light to be incremental enhancements according to the details presented June 11 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Next up for the Mac desktop environment, OS X Mountain Lion will get convenience features that Apple executives said would make it easier to connect to the cloud, concentrate on projects, and share content and updates. OS X Mountain Lion will be available for download starting next month and will cost $19.99 when used to update an existing Mac device. Users who bought the newly released models of Apple's Mac hardware can download the Mountain Lion update at no cost. The mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 6, is expected to ship this fall. iOS 6 with Apple's intelligent assistant technology called Siri will provide turn-by-turn directions (a capability that has been found in most performance Android devices for the last couple years) and a number of enhancements in the way Siri answers questions about sports, restaurants and movies. The Maps app will have a 3D flyover display but won't have Google's equivalent of StreetView. The new Do Not Disturb controls will likely be a big hit with people who want to sleep in the same room as their phone (most people), but don't want to be woken when family and friends in far off time zones carelessly text or call in the wee hours. The DND feature will let users schedule when notification sounds and screen lighting will activate and for which callers. Also, if specially designated callers call twice within three minutes, the second call will ring through. To see what else Apple dangled in front of us at the WWDC see the slides below.