Apple Announces OS X Mountain Lion Dictation, Power Nap, iCloud Integration

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Apple announced on Monday during its 23rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference that OS X Mountain Lion, the latest upgrade to its core Mac software, will be getting a series of enhancements.

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Apple exec Craig Federrichi demoed various Mountain Lion features for attendees, highlighting Siri-like dictation, a Power Nap feature which updates your streams while the Mac sleeps and a tabview feature associated with the Safari browser, which allows you to zoom in and out. It will also get deeper integration with iCloud.

In February, Apple released a developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, which is the ninth major release of Mac's operating system. The update brings a slew of apps and popular features from the iPad and iPhone to the Mac, with the company promising 100 new capabilities from iChat functionality to updates in the Safari browser.

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The move is a part of an effort to keep the Mac the most-advanced desktop operating system on the market.

"We have 66 million Mac users -- triple what we had five years ago," said Federrichi.

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In addition to greater iCloud functionality -- Apple's cloud-syncing service introduced in 2011 -- the new version of OS X will bring that capability to more apps.

For example, Mountain Lion incorporates Notes, Reminders, and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration, AirPlay Mirroring and Dictation.

"We are bringing dictation to the Mac," Federrichi said. "It's built to the system. You can talk into your Facebook webpage or third-party applications, such as Microsoft Word. That is dictation. It's that simple."

In addition, iMessage, which has been wildly successful on the iPhone and iPad, will come to the Mac, allowing users to send free unlimited messages, contacts and HD video to anyone on an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

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1. Deeper Integration With iCloud

Today, Apple's iCloud technology syncs media (music, photos) and some data among iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and to a limited extent Macs. With OS X Mountain Lion, iCloud plays a greater role on the Mac side, syncing calendars, contacts and email across all your devices. iCloud syncing comes to a host more apps, including Messages, Notes and Reminders (more on those in a bit). As iCloud and the Mac evolve, Apple's vision of a unified experience across all devices is becoming clearer.

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