OSX Mountain Lion Gains Siri, Facebook integration, Etc.Apple has outed Mountain Lion, the next version of its desktop operating system, and it looks to be killer. The new OS brings about a slew of impressive changes along and some serious backend work, but there are a few that stand out more than the rest.
One of the most impressive has to be PowerNap. PowerNap updates your computer while it is sleeping, rather than waiting for you to turn it on. So did your favorite app get updated while you were asleep? Well, you can set it so that it will be updated when you wake up. Same goes for Apple apps, of course. The real question will be how this affects your battery life. As nice as this is, destroying your battery life would not be a fair exchange.
The new OS also brings in Facebook integration along the lines of the Twitter integration they did last year. You can post things to Facebook from almost anywhere, including third-party apps if they have integrated.
Apple is also bringing a bit of Siri to the desktop, implementing a new dictation feature. Just like on the phone, you can now talk to type anywhere in the operating system with the press of a button.
Finally, there is now a way to mute notifications in the new notification center.
The best part of the new update? It will only cost you $19.99. That's $10.00 cheaper than the already cheap OSX Lion update, and significantly less than what Microsoft charges. As with the last version, it will only be available through the Mac app store. Mountain Lion will come out this July.