OS X Mountain Lion Will be Available in July For $19.99; Also Includes Dictation, Power Nap, iCloud Tab

At the WWDC Keynote today in San Fransisco, Apple announced that OS X Mountain Lion would be available for users to download from the Mac App Store for $19.99 sometime next month.

Mountain Lion brings many popular features and apps from the iPad to the Mac including Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring.

Apple highlighted 8 features of Mountain Lion during the keynote:

iCloud:

Built-in iCloud support, sign in to your iCloud account and all content is up to date. Apple’s bringing all iOS iCloud features to the Mac including messages, reminders and notes syncing, Documents in the Cloud with a developer SDK.

Notification Center:

A replica of the iOS Notification Center with an SDK for developers to present banners and alerts.

Dictation:

Going along with the theme of bringing iPad features to the Mac, Apple’s adding system wide voice to text dictation in Mountain Lion. Works in all apps, including those from third parties.

System wide sharing:

Nothing new here, sharing links to various social networks built right into the OS.

New Safari:

Improved performance, a unified field for URLs and search queries, iCloud tab syncing. A new way to have a look at all tabs like you do in Mobile Safari, Apple calls this ‘Tab View.”

Power Nap:

A power efficient mode for the MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro to silently carry out certain tasks while “napping.”

AirPlay mirroring:

Nothing other than what you’d expect. Wirelessly mirror your screen on a big screen via the Apple TV.

Game Center:

Apple’s bringing the Game Center network to Macs as well, introducing an additional platform to the already vibrant gaming ecosystem on iOS.

There are also a ton of other APIs that would help developers design the best experiences they can deliver to users.
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