Apple quietly released the beta for the next iteration of OS X today, called OS X Mountain Lion. The observant user may have noticed that the “Mac” has officially been dropped from the OS X moniker. It’s clear that Apple is looking to offer a more unified and continuous experience throughout it’s entire line of gadgets, computers and handheld devices. As such, Mountain Lion brings many classic iOS features to the OS X platform.
iCloud, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notifications Center, Game Center, AirPlay Mirroring and Twitter integration have all made the jump from our iPhones to our MacBooks. Some of these features will be awesome in a desktop flavor, and others will still shine brightest on handheld devices, but the concept is very interesting regardless.
In fact, it’s got me thinking what other iOS features would thrive in an OS X environment. The obvious choice is Siri, and for good reason. Being able to tell Siri to launch an app, reply to an email or pause a video on a MacBook would be awesome. And, with the AirPlay mirroring feature, you could project your iTunes movies onto your big screen (Apple-branded?) television and control everything with the sound of your voice!
I’m also quite surprised iBooks didn’t make the cut. It seems like it would be fairly easy to port iBooks to OS X, and considering that the Kindle desktop app is always one of the most popular apps in the Mac App Store, there’s definitely a market for it.
What do you guys think? What crossover features would you most like to see? And what features are you not so excited for? Personally I’m not thrilled with the Notifications Center. I love it on my iDevices, but the pop-up notifications seem pretty cumbersome on the right side of the screen, especially since I keep my dock on the right side of my screen. Anyway, share your thoughts in the comments section below or hit me up on twitter.