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What's new in OS X Mountain Lion

A quick, visual tour of the most important new features in Apple's latest operating system: OS X Mountain Lion

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Apple brags that OS X Mountain Lion boasts more than 200 new features. Even though that number involves some creative counting, there are a lot of impressive additions. Here are 14 of the most important.


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Contacts

While many iOS users will welcome Contacts based on the name change alone - especially if, like us, you find yourself trying to open your address book in Spotlight by typing "contacts" - the biggest improvement to the app is the return of the three-column layout. Gone is the need to click a virtual bookmark to ever-so-slowly turn virtual pages. Instead, you can choose from three display modes: card (single column); card and contacts (two columns); or card, contacts and groups (three columns). To retain the app's book-like design, the three-pane view narrows your contacts list, allowing the Groups sidebar to sit on the far left of the page.


  • Meet Mountain Lion
  • Notifications Center
  • Getting to grips with iCloud
  • Systemwide sharing
  • Gatekeeper
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Auto-Save
  • Taking a power nap
  • Reminders
  • Messages - more than just iChat
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Lots more you can do in Notes
  • Amping up security in Safari
  • Designating VIPs in Mail


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