Those guys over at Engadget posted a nice preview of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which will be the next bis step in Apple’s ecosystem. With Mountain Lion there will be features like Messages, iCloud, Reminders, Notes, a Notification Center, Twitter, Game Center and AirPlay Mirroring. Another step towards iOS, Lion was just the beginning on a long-term journey for Apple.
It was with Lion that we really started to see a blurring of the lines between mobile and desktop, and in a lot of ways, Mountain Lion delivers on that promise. Really, it’s not unlike what we’re seeing in the still-evolving Windows 8 and, to a lesser extent, Ice Cream Sandwich, which is determined to create some unity between Android phones and tablets.
Of course, 10.8 is more than simply a mobile operating system ported to the desktop — what we’re seeing are ongoing revisions to a robust desktop OS. There’s still plenty that OS X can do that the iPhone and iPad can only dream of. After all, features like Mission Control and Launch Pad are ultimately built on top of a rich desktop experience, and much like the Mac App Store, users can largely ignore them (though you’ll be missing out if you do).