It feels weird writing about a desktop OS on a mobile blog, but Apple forced my hand. Today, the Cupertino company released its developer’s preview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and brought over many features that are familiar to iPhone and iPad owners. The next version of OS X will include iOS-style Notifications, iMessage support, GameCenter integration, AirPlay Mirroring, Notes and Reminders. There’s also deep integration with iCloud which lets the online service function like a second hard drive. You can store your desktop documents in the iCloud and access them from any iCloud-enabled device.
So what does this mean for iPhone and iPad owners? It means your Mac desktop or laptop will be even more tightly integrated with your phone. iCloud will become the cornerstone of your existence and both your phone and computer will be part of this larger ecosystem. If you don’t own a Mac, but have an iOS device, you’ll be tempted to buy a Mac just so you can experience this synergy between devices.
The developers preview is available today for registered Apple developers. Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be released to the public this summer. If you have the latest version of Mac OS X Lion, you download and try the new Messages Beta for free. It replaces iChat and lets you send and receive iMessages using your desktop.