Being a member of the Apple Developer community I am privy to information from Apple as soon as it’s released, however by the time Apple release information to developers it’s already all over the web anyway. Apple’s most recent dumping of news items is in regards to the next iteration of OSX, 10.8 (operating system for Mac computers), which they are calling Mountain Lion.
It appears as though Apple is starting to integrate core iOS (operating system for iPhones and iPads) features and apps into OSX, a few of them being: Notes, Reminders, iMessage, FaceTime, Twitter, Notifications and a few others. This makes a lot of sense, Apple knows there are a lot of people out there who own iPhones and iPads but don’t own Macs and are still using PCs. Apple wants to convert these people, and what better way to do it than to have a computer that seamlessly integrates with their favorite phone?
Personally it doesn’t matter to me if I use a Mac or a PC as long as it has the software on it I need to be able to get my job done. I’ve got a Windows 7 PC I use at work and a Mac I use at home. I can transition between the two with no problem. I also have an iPhone and an iPad and while they can be a help with productivity when I am away from my desk, I personally prefer time-tracking and task management apps that I can use on my computer as well as my phone. Wunderlist, a task management tool that works on most computers and mobile devices, is one of the apps I use quite a bit. When I am sitting at my computer at work, I don’t want to have to pick up my phone or my iPad to add an item to my to-do list. There are a few other apps out there besides Wunderlist that offer this type of functionality, but if Apple actually gets all of these pieces to work together with OSX, it will make for a very powerful system.
I think Apple’s end goal here is to convert PC users to Mac users by making the Mac seamlessly work with the iPhone and iPad, above what they have done with iCloud. I guess tonight when I get home from the office I will be installing the 10.8 beta on my Mac so I can check out the new features.
Part 2, my review of OSX 10.8 Beta and how it works with my i-devices.