OS X Mountain Lion

Siri’s Voice Dictation spotted in OS X Mountain Lion code

The same Siri-based voice dictation features as on the new iPad look increasingly likely to show up in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s next-gen Mac platform, according to new beta code tidbits. According to a new mention in the latest seed of Mountain Lion, spotted by 9 to 5 Mac, Apple could be using a new keypress combo to trigger what’s presumably the same server-based dictation system as offered on the iPad.

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Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Automatic Downloads added to Mountain Lion

Apple continues to add more and more iOS-like features to Mountain Lion. The latest addition to the developer preview brings the Automatic Download function for apps purchased from the OS X App Store. Just like iOS, once you enable this feature any Mac that is logged on the same account will automatically download purchased apps. The feature doesn’t seem to be fully baked in just yet, however.

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MacBook Pro 2012: 15″ Retina Display, USB 3.0 and ultra-thin

MacBook Pro 2012: 15″ Retina Display, USB 3.0 and ultra-thin

More and more information has emerged regarding the next MacBook Pros featuring Ivy Bridge chips, and now 9to5Mac has detailed exactly what to expect from the new 15-inch model. They say that Apple is currently finalizing the new laptop, and that it will feature a slimmed down design, drop the optical drive, include a high-resolution Retina display, and most interestingly, have several USB 3.0 ports.

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Apple added more HiDPI elements to latest OS X

Apple added more HiDPI elements to latest OS X

We first saw Apple tinkering with Mountain Lion graphics back in March, with the company adding HiDPI elements that hinted towards higher resolution MacBooks in the near future. AppleInsider has heard from sources that Apple continues to make such changes behind the scenes, with new high resolution icons making their way into the latest OS X 10.7.4 update.

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Mountain Lion adds “Do Not Disturb” feature

Mountain Lion adds “Do Not Disturb” feature

Apple continues to update the Mountain Lion developer preview, bringing it up to version 3 so far. The latest update adds even more functionality, this time relating to notifications. Apple has added a “Do Not Disturb” feature, which will hide alerts and banners so that you get some work done instead of being constantly distracted. Mountain Lion still keeps tracks of alerts in the Notification Center, so they’ll be waiting for you when you do want to come up for air.

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Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple has begun to encourage the developer masses to begin preparing for OS X Mountain Lion by working with new Developer IDs and Gatekeeper in advance of its ultimate final product. This program will allow users to gain greater trust in Apple-distributed software through the Mac App Store as each piece of software downloaded in the future will contain a Developer ID certificate. This Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify (like magic!) the app to make sure it's not any sort of known Malware so that the user can download without worry.

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MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

If our readings are correct, the planets are coming together to create a perfect storm of availability in software, hardware, and demand for a MacBook Pro 2012 release this June at WWDC. It's a very simple combination of the Apple OS X Mountain Lion software release, a precedent of notebook hardware being released at WWDC, and the pulling back of supply for the line of computers we're speaking about here that says we're about to see a new MacBook Pro in less than two months from now.

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Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

Mountain Lion Retina graphics tip high-res MacBooks incoming

There were reports in Feburary that Apple were working HiDPI support into OS X Lion, which would allow resolution independence and sharper graphics on high resolution displays. More evidence has emerged today that Apple may be bringing Retina Displays to MacBooks in the future, with high resolution art for some UI elements being discovered in the latest Mountain Lion developer preview.

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Air Display update will add HiDPI support for new iPad

Air Display update will add HiDPI support for new iPad

Avatron’s Air Display allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as an additional monitor to your setup. The popular app will soon be seeing an update that will support the new iPad’s Retina display, taking full advantage of the 2048x1536 resolution. Having such a high resolution on hand for a second or third monitor sounds good to us.

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Mountain Lion Preview 2 adds Twitter notifications and iCloud tab support

Mountain Lion Preview 2 adds Twitter notifications and iCloud tab support

Apple seeded the latest version on its developer preview of Mountain Lion on Friday, and the newest additions to the OS have been detailed. There have been three new notable features added to Beta 2: Twitter integration in the Notification Center, iCloud support for tabbed browsing, and a permission request when apps access contact information.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 16, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. We made it to the end of yet another work week. And we ended it with a bang; lots of stuff happened today. For starters, the new iPad was released. We know that. But here's the best part - it's already been jailbroken. In addition, we've found out that the Verizon iPad can connect to AT&T's 3G network. Also, in non-Apple mobile news, the Nokia Lumia brand will add WiFi hotspot support.

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Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Apple unleashes OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2

Apple today released the second developer preview for its next-gen operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest OS was first revealed in detail back in February, but is not expected to launch until this summer. It will bring more iCloud integration along with several iOS 5 features to the Mac platform.

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