Apple gave the world OSX 10.7 (aka: Lion) what seems like yesterday. What actually happened yesterday was that Apple shocked most of the tech world by intro’ing the next iteration of the OS with the name “Mountain Lion”.
With this release it is more clear than ever that Apple is working to make desktop/laptop/handheld all to be very similar experiences. When we used to see desktop computing features and capabilities ported to handhelds, now we are now seeing things we find on handhelds brought over to the desktop experience.
This version of OSX brings a notification center, Game Center, Messages, and AirPlay Mirroring to the desktop, and in fact you can already try out Messages as a beta download. Once available in the summer, users will only get it via the App store and there are product models past a certain age that would take Lion, but will not be able to run Mountain Lion.