Apple Announces OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Drops ‘Mac’ From OS Name

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Apple on Thursday unveiled OS X 10.8, otherwise known as Mountain Lion, and dropped the Mac from the name of its latest Mac OS.

Apple has reportedly confirmed to The Verge that it has dropped “Mac” from the name of its latest OS.

Apple naming conventions usually give its OS for its personal computers and laptops the Mac name.

The previous iteration of the Apple OS, dubbed as “Lion”, was officially named “Mac OS X 10.7”.

Meanwhile, new features have been unveiled with the new Mountain Lion.

One of Mountain Lion’s new features is Messages which was previously iChat in previous version of OS X.

The new feature feels very iPad-like but it FaceTime is still a separate app, however, even though the Mountain Lion Messages feature can launch it.

Mountain Lion also features a new Notification Center which works almost exactly as how notifications work on the OS X’s little brother for mobile devices, the iOS 5 mobile OS.

Another major feature launched with Mountain Lion is AirPlay Mirroring which allows Mountain Lion Macs to be used with Apple TV which effectively can turn your TV to a monitor for your Mac.

Mountain Lion also has Game Center and Game Kit. The new OS X also features iCloud integration which connects many of the Mountain Lion features with the Apple cloud.

Apple launches OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Image: CaliforniaDFG / Flickr (CC)

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