Although it appears that details surrounding the new iPhone will have to wait, Apple is providing the WWDC audience with plenty of shiny distractions.
The company announced Mountain Lion, its new OS X, which has built-in support for iCloud. Through Documents in the Cloud, you can now access all of your documents across all of your devices. This functionality is available for key applications, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and even TextEdit.
Additionally, all of your messages, reminders, and notes will be accessible across devices. For example, if you receive a message on your phone, you can reply directly from your MacBook. This is an extremely valuable feature, especially for remote teams.
While Mountain Lion doesn’t feature Siri, yet, it does offer Dictation, which is built into the system and works everywhere — including Microsoft Word.
Other features include updated notifications — which support alerts from services like Twitter — an improved browsing experience through Safari, and the ability to update and sync your Mac when it’s offline through PowerNap.
Mountain Lion will be available next month for $19.99 for those upgrading from Lion or Snow Leopard. Anyone purchasing a new Mac will receive the new OS X for free.
Apple has also announced some upgrades to its line of notebooks, including an updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Additionally, the company introduced the next-generation MacBook Pro, which is nearly as thin as the Air and boasts retina display. All three models begin shipping today.
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