The next major update for OS X, Mountain Lion (aka 10.8), is scheduled to hit the Mac App Store sometime this summer, and it adopts a few more features from iOS for the iPad.
The new OS will include much better iCloud support for document and data syncing, alerts similar to Notification Center, and wireless display mirroring via AirPlay.
Mountain Lion will have tighter control over where you can download apps: you can choose to get apps only from the Mac App Store, from developers that have an Apple-approved certificate in their code, or from any source just as you can now.
Limiting where apps are downloaded from is great for avoiding malware, but we’re glad Apple is still supporting the get-it-anywhere-you-want download model, too.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.