Apple chief executive Tim Cook showed off a new version of the OS X 10.8 dubbed Mountain Lion that uses a lot of the same features from the company's much-loved iPad. In fact, the company is using the iPad in the OS X 10.8 marketing material, calling it "Inspired by iPad."
The new operating system will feature Apple's messaging service, notification app, gaming center, sharing and integration with the company's online service iCloud -- seemingly borrowing straight from the iOS. The Wall Street Journal suggests this means that all of Apple's products are "destined to converge."
CNET also seems to point this out, calling Mountain Lion sprinkled liberally with "iOS fairy dust."
Messages, as it's called in Mountain Lion, will replace iChat, the chat software Apple includes out of the box. Users will still get access to IM networks like AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber, though Apple's added compatibility with the same iMessage service that was introduced as part of iOS 5, which Apple says has now served up 26 billion messages since its October launch. Messages can be used to send and receive iMessages with these users for free, and the conversation can be picked up and continued from any device with that same Apple ID and iMessage enabled.