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Top Features of Apple’s Mountain Lion OS

An upgrade from Lion, the new operating system will bring to the Mac many features already popular on the iPad and iPhone


As InvestorPlace noted in Thursday’s Apple Rumors, Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) newest operating system, Mountain Lion, is already being tested by application developers, offers functions much like those found on the iPad and iPhone, and includes integration of Twitter among its new features.

Of course, obsession with all things Apple is by no means limited to the U.S. On Friday, for example, Hindustan Times, the English-language daily based in New Delhi, listed what it considers to be Mountain Lion’s top features.

Here are seven of them; click to the HT story to read about the rest.

A replacement for iChat, really, that allows users to send messages to iOS devices via iMessage. If you have a Mac equipped with OS X 10.7.3 you can download the beta version today and begin using it to sync messages with your Apple mobile devices.

Designed to let you record and sort reminders, to-do lists, grocery lists, etc., set remainder alerts, and sync the data to other Apple OS apps as well as to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) services and to Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) Calendar.

An easy-to-use note-taking app lifted from the iPad Notes app. Notes sync automatically with Apple’s iCloud storage service and can be set up to sync with Gmail.

Similar to notification features already familiar to mobile users, Notifications alerts users to an app-related task that needs attention. Click on the notification alert and the app opens to allow you to address the issue, then get back to whatever you were doing.

Twitter Integration
As mentioned above, Apple has integrated Twitter into Mountain Lion, much like it has been worked into the iPhone and iPad, which likely will significantly boost Twitter sign-ups and volume. Hindustan Times notes that Twitter members can tweet links, photos, and content from the share button built into Apple’s Safari, Notes, Reminders, Photo Booth, and iPhone apps, and from third-party apps that update to support the integration.

iCloud integration
Mountain Lion’s greater integration with iCloud allows syncing and transfer of iWork documents—and other apps—across iOS devices and Macs. It has strong potential as a time-saving feature, especially because its display automatically lists only the documents linked to a particular application, saving the user the trouble of scrolling through the entire library to find related files.

Game Center
Games are why we’re really on the computer in the first place, so it makes sense that members of Apple’s has social gaming network, which claims more than 100 million users, will be able to avail themselves of the 20,000 Game Center-enabled games. The games are already a significant source of amusement for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch users.

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