Apple has announced they are working on releasing the next version of Mac OS X – Version 10.8, codenamed Mountain Lion, is set to be released in the Summer of 2012. The announcement has surprised developers and consumers alike, Lion was believed to be last release of OS X and that Apple would move on to version 11 (or XI or whatever wonderful creature they pick this time round).
The newest version is said have over 100 new features, with one of the most intriguing being the migration of iChat to Messages. Other features we expect to see are: Twitter integration running across the entire operating system, the addition of Notes, Reminders, Notification Center and Game Center. One of the biggest new features will be the addition of AirPlay Mirroring allowing you to view your entire Mac Desktop on your television via an Apple TV device.
One of the things that has always surprised or amazed me is how Apple are able to produce a completely new Operating System and sell it to us at a considerably lower price than Microsoft ever can or do with Microsoft Windows. So the biggest question is going to be around price. We saw an upgrade to OS X Leopard to Snow Leopard for a crazy price of just $29 and then we also saw the release of OS X Lion with just as many new features as we expect to see from this new release for the same price. Will we see Mountain Lion being offered at this low price again or will it go back up… I think I originally paid around £70-£80 for OS X Leopard when it was originally released.
I will look forward to getting my hands on a Developer Preview of Mountain Lion in the near future and try out these new features. Will you be upgrading? What are your thoughts? and What do you think of the new features?
Engadget have done a great in-depth preview of the new features that we are expected to see. Rather than me re-inventing the wheel, go and check out their review over at Engadget.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.