Apple Inc. released its new operating system for Mac computers Wednesday.
The new software, called Mountain Lion, narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones and iPads.
Notes Associated Press’ Anick Jesdanun, in a review of the system: “Mountain Lion is made for a world where your computer is just one of your computing devices, along with your iPhone and your iPad. Apple wants to make it easier to switch from one to the other, several times a day.”
Jesdanum notes these Mountain Lion highlights:
- Better integration with social networks such as Facebook, including built-in features to facilitate sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr .
- Power Nap keeps your Mac updated even while it’s in “sleep” mode. It will get your email messages, back up your files and download software updates automatically.
- A new Messages app will replace iChat. It will allow you to send messages to other Apple users, whether they’re on a Mac or an Apple mobile device.
– Mountain Lion will be integrated with iCloud, the new Internet storage service designed for the mobile devices.
- The software will bring dictation to Macs, allowing the computer to type as you talk.
- Game Center will store high game scores and help users find opponents on Macs and Apple mobile devices.
Jesdanum suggests the New Mac software is well worth $20 upgrade. Have you or do you plan to invest the $20 and give it a try?