Apple just announced the next version of Mac OS X, the operating system that runs on all Mac computers. It'll be called Mountain Lion, it'll come out this summer for an unspecified price, and it'll be chock full of the same apps you use on your iPhone and iPad. It's one more stop on the way to Apple's Ultimate Plan for Gadget Dominance (not an official title.): the convergence of Mac OS and iOS, which began in earnest with the current version, Lion.
We're not going to go into a big long discussion of the new features; we haven't played with the beta, like MacWorld has, after all. But some highlights include the migration of certain iOS apps, like iMessage (the free SMS-like messaging service; iChat will be renamed Messages and support the iMessage protocol), Notes, Reminders, and Game Center. There'll be a new notifications drop-down box in the upper-right corner, sort of like the notifications that fold down from the top of the screen in iOS. (It's also sort of exactly like Growl, the notifications app that's been essential software for Mac users for many years.)
You'll be able to share items directly to email or Twitter from certain apps like Safari, Preview, and Notes, the same way you can update Twitter directly from the Photos app in iOS. AirPlay will also come to the Mac, which, finally. AirPlay is the function in iPhones and iPads that lets you beam a song or video or photo right from your mobile device to an AirPlay-capable set-top box hooked up to your TV, like an Apple TV or Boxee Box. It's awesomely futuristic, and it's very welcome on the Mac.
Anyway, those are the highlights. Check out MacWorld for a more in-depth look. Mountain Lion is coming this summer sometime, in the Mac App store, just like Lion did. Judging by the past, we'd guess it'll cost around $30, but that's just a guess.
Wow. How profound and mature. Apple has, by far, the best quality materials in their products, the best ethics, and the biggest innovations of any electronics company in existence today.
I can't wait for the new OS. Apple always impresses with each new iteration.
Mac OS is a dumbed-down UNIX distribution, nothing special here.
Mac hardware is standard, if not second-rate hardware used by ALL other computer manufacturers. The unibody design is only a ploy to force you to pay them for repairs. They overcharge for basic parts like RAM, hard drives, and peripherals, and tack pointless buzzwords onto their products (ie. "superdrive" is a standard optical drive).
I find your description of Mac OS and Mac hardware a very good description.
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Lol! The trolls are out in force today! Not very bright ones for the most part. @Broseph You can call it dumbed down, or improved. Depends on your perspective. Most people value simplicity, especially when they are performing tasks that are on a time frame. I am willing to pay more for Apple, because I like their ethics, the way they treat their employees and their knack for innovation (iPod, iPhone, iOS, iTunes, Gestures, Oh, and the personal computer.)
The personal computer was invented by XEROX
I'll admit, the ipod was innovative, and the iphone was the first _popular_ capacitive screen phone. Gestures are cool as well. But, like everything apple produces, other companies have improved vastly upon them.
Android is a far more capable and open mobile OS, WP7 is more user friendly, WebOS (formerly PalmOS) is even more user friendly, and has the best multitasking (ios didnt have multitasking until version 4, whereas Android and PalmOS always did).
And apple seems to be copying other OSs' features, for example:
Multitasking gestures werent added to ios until well after the BB playbook and windows 8 both had it implemented.
The notification panel is a blatant copy of android, which is now being put into OSX as well.
Fully integrating email, messaging, and social networking into the OS has been part of ubuntu for many releases.
Windows and some tablet operating systems have had 3rd party applications similar to AirPlay for years.
And thats just the tip of the iceberg...
Steve Jobs invented the first widely popular personal computer. If you're going to bring up blatant copies, Apple is probably least guilty of this. Macbook Air was the first successful netbook and was blatantly copied about a year later, the iPad was the first widely popular multitouch tablet and is still being blatantly copied, same with the iPhone and iPod. As for AirPlay, third party is the keyword. Apple integrated it into all of it's devices and it works flawlessly.
I have an unlocked windows phone that was given to me partially broken and I intend to shoot it whilst filming at a high frame rate later this month. It is not user friendly! It is so convoluted by glitzy purposeless fluff that it is actually stressful to use! It is very similar to Windows 7 and Vista and nearly as useless.
In conclusion, Apple has many more innovations that have been copied by cheap off-brands than it has copied.
First _successful_ netbook, not the first netbook.
First _popular_ tablet, not first tablet.
Hardware advancements are going to be utilized by many companies, its part of how technology develops and advances. What i'm referring to is how Apple copies specific aesthetic parts of other operating systems. This is different, as those aesthetics are unique to the operating systems which pioneered them, unlike hardware and basic software fundamentals (icons, menus, buttons, textboxes, etc).
The iPod remains the only device made by apple that is unique, and thats only because of the way it looks. Functionally, its similar if not identical to most MP3 players.
WP7 is extremely simple. The tile layout makes accessing applications and viewing alerts a breeze. Its not the fault of the OS itself that you received a broken, low-end device. And if you're implying that windows 7 is useless, youre dead wrong. The amount of useful, professionally developed software (especially freeware) far surpasses that of MacOS. You just have to have a basic understanding of computers to operate it.
Also, other popular brands arent "cheap off-brands," apple is just ridiculously expensive. Off-brands make look alikes, not copies.
Before this argument goes any further, especially without either side winning.
Apple rarely invents things. That isn't what they do. What they do, is take ideas that other companies have done in the past, typically very poorly executed, and makes them useful. The Apple PC was not the first, but it was the first that was practical. The iPod was not the first MP3 player, but it was the first to be small AND intuitive. The iPhone was revolutionary not because of the inventions used, but because of the ease of use. No phone came close, and that is why most phones didn't have touch screens at the time. The iPad was about 10 years late to the tablet market, but it was the first one to actually do anything useful.
Yes, Android should get credit for a few things, but their entire system was created after Apple paved the way. If you want to give Android credit, you should give Apple credit for doing the exact same thing. Vice versa for Apple defenders.
It doesn't have to be one or the other. That said, Delkomatic should have his posting ability removed for blind bias. Critical_mach is correct in that Apple tries to provide simplistic functionality for the common user. If you are not the common user, that does not make Apple crappy. It makes it insufficient for YOUR needs. In that case, get an Android and enjoy it.
And, to be exact, Wozniak invented the first apple computers, and MSDOS was far more popular that apple.
Thanks, it seems we kind of lost our heads in the argument. While I am not a common user, I still enjoy the simplicity for streamlining my work as a photographer as well as for school work.
I disagree with your claim about the amount of software developed for either OS. Just because Apple ethically prohibits apps that are pornographic or perform illegal functions and that it allows the app designers to be reimbursed for their efforts does not figure in the success of the venture.
Theres plenty of software available for MacOS that can perform illegal functions, its just not in the app store. Regardless, i wasnt talking about programs for porn or illegal activities. Just general applications for various tasks such as image editing, software development, office, virtualization, internet use, social networking / messaging, games, movie production. Theres tons of options for any of these needs and more available for windows, whereas the options for mac are fairly limited in most areas.
I love Apple drones they get SO very defensive about their crapple
@delkomatic they need to justify the money they're tossing away.
lol true true
The one thing that scares me about apple is not their software or current hardware - but the direction in which they are taking their hardware. Take for example the MacBook Air and the Unibody design;
1. The "modular" hard drive unit does not exist in the MB Air (it is ALL flash storage) Basically, there is no way for someone with basic computer skills to upgrade their systems with a larger storage system - even if it's flash based - you just can't. Why not make it modular? Well it's all about money. With a modular storage unit you are now forced to either purchase a new system, or enter into a service contract with Apple.
2. Apple's battery systems are now very tightly integrated into the Unibody design. What does this mean for the consumer? . . .
Apple enjoys touting their long lasting battery system but I see this more about, once again - MONEY. Apple could have made a long lasting battery system that was interchangeable, but that would not have been smart business. Integrating the battery into the body of the MacBooks forces consumers into service contracts with Apple because if the battery stops functioning, then there's no way to easily replace it. Most importantly, this aims to keep competitively priced third party products (or vendors) OUT OF THE GAME!
YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT APPLE'S ETHICS?? . . . think about Apples Ethics of economics.
3. If their hardware trend is any indication of the future of their systems, then ALL OF THEIR SYSTEMS, the MacPro, MacBook Pro, MacMini - ALL OF THEM WILL VERY MUCH LOOK LIKE THE MACBOOK AIR IN THE FUTURE. As I see it, Apple is slowly taking their systems towards the mobile phone landscape where you will be forced to have a contract with apple or your hardware is USELESS.
Apple has not learned the lessons from the early years where they got greedy and would not allow anyone to touch their systems.
Be careful Apple, cause the ship is afloat now but it could start sinking again.
Just so you know,
I own a 15" MacBook Pro - $2,000, and a MacPro - $3,000
In 1999 I put together a windows based system for $600 which I continue to upgrade periodically. It currently has more memory, storage space, better graphics and sound than my recently purchased MacPro.
You have slipped into speculation. You cannot predict the future. The solid state drive in the new Air is extremely efficient and fast. It is merely ahead of its time. All apple computers can be upgraded without the help of apple, contrary to popular belief.
Still got a flat brainwave? Still can't come up with anything to add to your side? Lol you are a sad case for your argument. As for the price, Apple is a luxury. In the free market, they can set the prices of their goods and services. This has nothing to do with ethics, they merely count their goods as more valuable and are appealing to a higher brow customer base.
I also own a midrange windows laptop. It feels cheap. it is plastic and creaks when I move it with one hand and the battery life is absolutely useless. to buy a new battery would cost more than a new computer. The battery was gone after two years. If I kept it for 6 years only upgrading the battery, it would put me over what I paid for my macbook pro. Previously, I had two desktops built from scratch and fully customized. They worked great for a time, but soon problems arose, not to do with construction on my end, they were just PCs. My entire household is now entirely apple based, and all problems are gone.
You haters are delusional! Apple is amazing! They are the best company in the world and they make the best computers ever! When I tried Windows, I just couldn't figure out how to use two buttons on the mouse. I had Windows for years and still couldn't figure it out. It's way too complex! And Start->Shutdown! Really? It took me 4 months to figure that out! Mac only has one button on the mouse, which is so much easier to use. My friends call me the 'one click tard'.
Also, many Windows computers cost as little as $399! Why would you go for that?!! $1299 is a much bigger number and bigger is always better. Who wouldn't choose $1299 every time! Linux is even worse. $0! WTF?!?! Why would anyone do that!!? What a joke!
Also, I wonder why so many windows faithfuls read this post! I guess you know you're missing something, you're just not ready to admit it!
I lol'd, seriously
I read it because i read everything in Gadgets ;)
Apple is an prime example of one of Murphys' Laws. Make something that is idiot proof and only an idiot will use it
@dirtysquirties if you couldn't figure that stuff out your probably an idiot stop hating seriously
With a name like malemajority, do you think anyone will listen to anything you have to say? get out of 1950 and actually contribute some facts to the argument. One thing I've noticed, only broseph and I know how to properly argue a position, the rest of you are just plain brainless. I guess that stacks up with the side you take on this subject.
Thanks for a fun discussion with good facts and citations.
Apple's touch interface for their Iphone and Ipad's are second to none. Their hardware is more expensive but their software is affordable and rarely crashes. As an IT professional I decided I should learn Apple and Apple gadgets just so I will know more about it or be familiar with it in the future. The thing is that computers were invented to improve people's productivity and quality of life. Not everyone will spend 20+ years learning how to make them work. Quite the contrary anyone that thinks newer computers are "dummed" down really dont know much about them. Easy to use does not mean less advanced or less engineering. Does everyone that drive a car need to know how to perform engine work on it? no they dont. I think Apple and Microsoft will eventually have a more work center oriented OS like Windows 7 and a more streamlined GUI like mountain lion or Windows 8. I think that a lot of people who buy tablets and or smartphones are not dedicated computer types and those of us that like our power PC's should be thankful that a lot of people are buying these gadgets because this is probably the main reason why more IT companies are not going belly up in this economy.
Crapple? lol you people make me giggle I love it please keep it coming!!
And as far as the SSD goes...I could buy one for my desktop for 60 bucks lol or get a windows based laptop with one a quarter of apples....lol name brands are everything though I guess...LETS ALL GO BUY BMW AND LEXUS YEAH!!!!
CRAPPLE FTW LONG LIVE CRAPPLE!!
Idk about you, but I'd buy a Merc or an Aston if given the opportunity. That really doesn't hold up (again) and where did you get those numbers? I couldn't find anything close.
Jerry Km takes the Bait LQL!!!!!!!!!! I personnaly am a PC fan, I like having the freedom of being able to manipulate my computer however I want in terms of hardware. want to switch the graffics card, no problem, time fora new hard drive, easy peasy. Want linux, simple. After getting my first Ipod i was sad to realize that if the battery dies, and they will, that i couldn't just get a new battery, that i would have to get a brand new Ipod. Its like buying a car, and when the alternator dies, and it will, i would have to get a new car because its integrated to the engine. But good discussion all around.