Apple gives Mac an OS update today


The latest operating system for Apple’s Mac computers has been launched by the technology giant and the user will be able to download OS X Mountain Lion from today at a cost of $20.

A screenshot of the new OS X Mountain Lion for Apple devices (image: Apple)

“Mountain Lion is the latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, and includes over 200 new features to update your Mac into the best computing experience yet,” the company said in a description on the iTunes store.

A new Messages app will also be built in, so users will be able to send text, photos, videos, contacts, web links, and documents to any user using another Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. A new share button has also been integrated, so users will be able to share files, web pages, photos, and videos, as well as tweet right from the app they are using.

“With the Reminders app you can create to-do lists and alerts that appear in the new Notification Center. With Notes you can write down all your ideas and even speak your words with voice dictation. Play head-to-head games on your Mac with friends on their Macs or iOS devices with Game Center,” Apple explained about OS X Mountain Lion.

Other features include:

Messages

• Send messages from your Mac to friends with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

• With iMessage, you can start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone or iPad.

• Messages also supports traditional instant messaging services like AIM, Yahoo! Google Talk and Jabber.

iCloud

• Documents in the Cloud lets you create and edit your documents on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

• The new Reminders app makes managing tasks easy. Jot down your thoughts with the new Notes app. And iCloud keeps your Reminders and Notes up to date across all your devices.

Safari

• Type both searches and web addresses in the new Smart Search Field.

• Pinch to see tabs with Tab View and swipe to switch between them.

• iCloud Tabs makes the last websites you looked at accessible on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Notification Center

• New notifications appear in the top right corner of your screen.

• Open Notification Center from anywhere in OS X to see recent notifications.

• Configure your notifications to receive just the ones you want.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor