Apple developers received a software update for the company’s latest computer operating system Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
While the update, which was made via the Mac App Store, didn’t specify any specific updates for the software, it did say it was recommended for all users running Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4. The last update was made in May.
This can only mean we’re getting closer to that golden and final seed to developers, which typically goes out a week or two before the public release.
Additionally, Apple is preparing to seed developer builds of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 — a common move to prepare for an easy transition between the old and new operating system.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion is expected to bridge the gap between the iPad operating system and the Mac operating system, adding iOS features like Reminders, Game Center and iMessages. Complete Facebook integration is also expected to rollout with Mountain Lion this fall, alongside iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5.
Last week at Apple’s WorldWide Developer’s Conference, we received a bigger look inside Mountain Lion. It’s going to incorporate iCloud more — making the syncing of devices completely seamless and fast. The Notification Center that we’ve come to love in iOS 5 is also making its way to Mountain Lion, letting you know when an App needs updating, anything important on your calendar and any missed FaceTime calls or iMessages.
Those who don’t have an iPad or iPhone, but may have an Apple TV will be glad to know that AirPlay is coming to the Mac with Mountain Lion, allowing you to stream live screenshots, movies, videos and more to your television.
Some minor updates that will be welcomed is the new search feature in Launchpad, the keeping place of all of your apps. Once you click the Launchpad, start typing and the app you’re searching for will be highlighted.
Have a MacBook and an iMac? The updated Mac App Store will now download apps automatically to all of the Macs in your family. It’ll also automatically download the updates, avoiding that pesky step of opening up the store, typing in a password and updating.
The only last to ponder is what’s next? Apple’s running out of felines to name operating systems out of, and I don’t think Mac OS X Domestic Tabby is next.