What Does Apple’s New OS Have to Offer?
by Lauren DeLisa Coleman
Okay Apple users, rejoice! The new Apple OS is on the horizon. And there are a few new goodies, if you haven’t yet heard. First of all, the operating system is called Mountain Lion (gotta love the continued homage to fierce, powerful animals, no?) You say it seems like yesterday that there was a previous OS introduced? Well, you’re right. Apple is now releasing a new one just about every year, just like it does with iPhones and iPads now, so we digital divas have to stay up to date.
Now, with this new OS it seems as though deeper seamless integration was the mantra of the developers. For example, all you have to do is sign in with your Apple ID and all your contacts, email, calendar and more sync right to your make. Here’s the hot part: whenever you make a change on your Mac, it will also appear on your iPhone, iPad, etc. too – even your iWork documents making a multi-device life a bit simpler. This is all thanks in large part to iCloud,
Want more integration? Well, now Mountain Lion comes with Messages, a chat aapp that enables users to not only include iMesssages but also import them from iPhone or iPad.
Further, for girls who love to make lists (and who of us doesn’t), Mountain Lion comes with the new app that came with iOS 5 called Reminders. All your reminders will also sync across your iDevices.
In addition, Twitter is deeply integrated in Mountain Lion. This means that you will be able to now Tweet directly from within several applications. This is central to something Apple calls “Tweet Sheet.” And given the fact that African-Americans already far out-index across Twitter than any other demographic in our country, the synergy of all this together for us is incredibly thought-provoking.
Finally, there are other compelling elements centered around gaming and notifications, but what I think is a game-changer is AirPlay. Via this capability, users can display what is on their computer screen onto a big screen TV hooked up to an Apple TV. Fellow technies are saying that it will be great for presentations, but I think the general consumer will use this to ramp up even further on watching digital video. (look out cable TV providers).
So, there you have it. Looks like there will now be just one more reason for all those consistent on-lookers at every Apple store you pass.