Apple dropped some pretty big news on the tech world this morning, after only 7 months on the market, OS X Lion will be getting a “major” upgrade. This new upgrade will again be named after another big cat, this time it’s Mountain Lion(10.8). From what we’ve seen, this is no small update, Apple’s looking to add some highly requested features to this new build, such as a notification center, iMessage, Air Play, Game Center and more iCloud integration. If that all sounds like a lot of iOS features, well that’s true. It looks like Apple is continuing to move forward with the merging of iOS and Mac OS X like they did with 10.7 Lion (gestures, Launch Pad, Mission Control).
On top of those features, there are some other applications from iOS that will receive an re-design when they land on OS X Mountain Lion, like reminders, calendar, notes, sharing and the inclusion of Twitter.
If this isn’t enough to get you excited, how about the prospect of using iMessage on your Mac, right now! Yes, Apple has released its new Message beta to the public. This new (or re-packaged) app will basically take iChat and Facetime and merge them together, but will also add the ability to chat with other iOS users who use iMessage on their iPads, iPhones or iPod Touches. The beta is available now,
but at the time of writing this, the service has been swamped and the download button is producing errors for some people. Be patient and wait a few hours and you should be fine.
As for a more detailed look, Apple sent a developers copy to several big sites, we chose the Verge, so if you are interested head over there for a video tour and more pictures.