Apple unveils OS X Mountain Lion borrowing heavily from iPad

Apple unveils OS X Mountain Lion borrowing heavily from iPad
We would usually skip on reporting about Mac OS X, which Apple now refers to mostly as OS X, but this particular news piece is different - it shows some important changes in the way Cupertino unveils its novelties, and draws an interesting vector for the possible development of iOS. 

First of all, Apple has announced OS X Mountain Lion, a major update to OS X Lion, that’s about to ship in the summer of 2012. The company is also adopting a plan to update the operating system for Macs on a yearly basis. Major novelties are integration of iCloud along with many other things borrowed from iOS - Notification Center, Game Center, iMessage support with an app called Messages, AirPlay Mirroring, a Notes app, Reminders and deep Twitter integration. Overall, Apple is fortifying an ecosystem of three form factors - iPhone/iPod, iPad and Mac by introducing features like free messaging to Mac as well.

Now, the announcement itself is interesting as it brings , but what we find to really show a change in Apple is the way it was served - in tete-a-tete meetings with journalists hosted by none other than Phil Schiller, head of marketing at Apple.



Schiller has allegedly visited the East Coast to personally brief famous bloggers writing about Apple. What’s striking is just how official and well prepared Schiller was, according to John Gruber who detailed his meeting with Schiller in a blog post. 

“We’re starting to do some things differently,” Phil Schiller said to Gruber.

Let’s try and draw some conclusions from the very fact that Schiller is spending the time to personally brief journalists, something unprecedented for Apple and actually any other tech company we can think of. First of all it illustrates the deep and personal relationship between Apple and writers who have been covering the company for ages. It’s precious time with the company’s big honchos which creates a unique bond. 

Secondly, it shows commitment to Mac OS X as a platform fundamentally different from iOS yet still developing in parallel rather than opposite to iOS. It’s an opportunity for Apple to announce it without wasting one of its highly anticipated press events. It also shows that Cupertino has strong focus on its main products like the iPad and iPhone, a focus it doesn’t want to dilute with additional events.

Last, but not least, there is one new addition in OS X Mountain Lion that would be very welcome to iOS. The feature is called “Gatekeeper” and allows devs to sign for Apple developer IDs for free. They can then use the ID to sign applications. The apps they submit don’t need to get assessed by Apple, but if they turn out to be malware, Apple can easily remove a developer’s app or account. This seems like a thing Apple can use so developers self-censor their applications, and ultimately get them rid of long app approval times.

Overall, we can see that Apple is undergoing some changes. We’re not sure whether the novelties of the new OS X like Gatekeeper will transcend to iOS, but the two platforms are obviously very close to each other, while keeping a distinct separation line and that seems like the way it’s going to stay in the near future. Hit the source link for a brief look at Mountain Lion and how similar it has grown to iOS.


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28 Comments

1. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

wow that's going to be bad a**!

2. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

hm im liking the yearly updates… i just hope they make sure everything is backwards compatible… very interesting how apple is relinquishing control over their app store… i hope they do not do the same for ios

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

never mind. now that i read more about it they dont allow apps to be in their appstore without screening.. they just register you as a known dev…

3. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Nothing new, seriously. It's just things from the iPad/iPhone/iPod converted to the Macs

13. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

bUt it's genius!

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

Thats it my next computer would be a mac because mac can run OsX Mountain Lion and windows 8

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I am ridiculously excited for this. One of the biggest things is just integrating iMessage. Finally, if I start an IM on my computer, it will carry over to my phone or whatever device I'm on. Definitely digging that feature. I also love the fact that it's probably only going to be $29. It seems like Apple tries to make the software side of things as cheap as possible. They sell massive amounts of it digitally because of it. Sure, the hardware still costs more than most, but I've had my Mac for a few years...the software price point is most appreciated.

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I like my free updates via Service Packs, personally

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Probably the most compelling reason to get Mountain Lion is for the integration of iMessage. If you use iMessage on iOS, having the ability to integrate your Mac into the iMessage ecosystem makes the $29 upgrade expense a no-brainer.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

For all of you who get excited about this: Here's something Apple doesn't want you to know: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/16/os-x-mountain-lion-limits-apps-to-mac-app-store-signed-apps-by-default/ So yes - as of the next version of Mac OSX - you CAN'T install applications from just anywhere. Only by trusted sources. By Default. Before I get jumped - YES - THIS CAN BE DISABLED. As of right now. But doesn't it remind you of one other Apple-owned OS which only allows one to install apps from ONE single place? I bet that within a year - maybe less - the option to disable this will be silently disabled. And nobody is going to care. Like nobody cared when OSX Lion silently dropped support of Rosetta. Apple. More and more Control. That's what it means. And don't call me paranoid - you know that what I described above will ultimately happen.

22. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

overreaction much… all they are doing is protecting people who dont know exactly what they are doing… if u want to download more than u can… apple isnt stupid-- they wouldnt limit osx… its the same with ios-- u can download apps from the internet if u want, they just normally arent good… so ya apple will control whats on their appstore but they would never limit downloading apps from the internet or anywhere else rosetta is a six year old piece of software… how long do u expect them to support old tech? i mean they are way, way past supporting powerpc's…

23. ilia1986 unregistered

"but they would never limit downloading apps from the internet or anywhere else" Are you even AWARE that in iOS you can't download apps from anywhere but the app store? So don't say "Apple wouldn't limit- because THEY HAD. Ever since day 1.

24. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

WHO CARES! You can disable it, just like you said. If you cant find how to disable it, then you're probably one of those people that need to be protected from downloading harmful applications

25. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

YOU are not AWARE that u can download apps through mobile safari-- no they are not advanced but they are webapps nonetheless… apple has never limited OSX… which is what we are talking about…. and they never will--yes mobile but desktop is such an open thing, mobile is not, apple would loose a ton of people since they dont want to have a closed desktop, but a closed mobile is fine and i agree with EN… if u cant figure out how to turn it off, u dont deserve to be downloading apps off the internet

27. ilia1986 unregistered

Are you seriously considering HTML5 apps as actual apps? How can you even compare them to apps from the appstore?! And it's not about me figuring it out. It's about Apple getting more control over the platform! You say that they will never limit OSX. Well I say that THIS is the first step towards absolute and total control over the platform - just like iOS. And I have iOS's insane limitation as an argument to support my claim. In all honesty - I couldn't care less. I don't use a mac and probably never will. It just disturbs me to see Apple taking a step towards totally controlling yet another relatively popular PC platform. The day my PC won't be able to download an exe file from the web, and run it, because it's "Not digitally signed" or other such bs will definitely be a dark day in PC history.

28. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

as i clearly stated, they are not nearly as advanced, but it still refutes the fact that u said there are no apps anywhere else? and what about cydia? even on android, google does its best to keep apps on their store, so i dont see why thats a big issue… so u r willing to mac all these claims against mac and apple without using one? nice… and that is such an overreaction… apple has added no more control to ios than they started with (they actually lessened their control) so that argument just goes to show that apple will never change osx and i agree that apple should not have limited powerpc. i do not use it myself, but honestly macs have to keep a quality of standard, and keeping powerpc going just doesnt cut it… if old software is that important, get an old windows… its not like macs are forced onto people… i love my mac more than any other apple product, but many people probably like their windows.. it just depends on what you want

7. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sounds alot like Windows 8...... Phone/Tablet/PC sharing OS..... Maybe Microsoft should sue.....

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Seriously, if Microsoft can integrate Windows 8 across mobile and PC, I'd switch to a Windows Phone...

9. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

That's pretty cool. All of those features are already available for Android users, I send messages from my computer via Google Voice all of the time, and then going over to my Android tablet and phone I keep going with my conversation right where I left off. I think the nice thing would be is that all of it is built into the system. Windows and Google should get together, that would be sweet but would never happen.

11. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I use google voice on my iPhone and iPad as well.

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Mountain Lion is looking really good. With a few hardware upgrades like a touchscreen monitor, maybe a 1 or 2 TB hard drive, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and a BluRay Drive... The new Macs would be killer desktops! (They will be anyway, I just think it would be cool to have some of these extras right out of the box.)

14. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ha Apple is just catching up to Google and Microsoft because they know that the 2 are serious competitors especially with Google coming out with hybrid net/notebooks. Don't get me wrong only Apple product I like are Macs due to the security but the computer landscape is changing. If Google can successfully build operating system which rivals Apple's in terms of security that Apple will get a lot more bites taken out of it.

15. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How is Apple catching up to Google when Google doesn't even have a desktop operating system?

17. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If you actually read what I said genius I said they have to make a operating system first for Desktops that can rival Apple in terms of security. They're already Kickin apples ass in the phone department and Google chrome is far superior than safari is so we all will just wait and see what Google has planned for the future. Makes perfect sense for them to enter the desktop market sometime in the future. An as far as Apple catching up I'm talkin feature wise.

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

From my understanding, Chome is a desktop OS and not just a browser. It's aimed at people who spend most of their time online, so all the apps are online within the browser itself. So it's already there, its just our thinking of what a desktop OS needs to expand a bit.

20. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This article is about Apple's desktop OS so you're mixing stuff in that has nothing to do with it. Apple playing catch up in the mobile field is up to opinion. A lot of people prefer iOS. WEM I'm not familiar with any commercial products that actually run Chrome OS yet. I think everyone is moving to cloud computing so more and more functions will be in the cloud soon.

19. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The day we're going to pay 1000 bucks just for software on a home pc is finally coming, thank you Hood Robin - takes from poor and gives to rich.

26. wp7tribes

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

you mean borrowing from windows 8

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