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Apple's Mountain Lion OS: Macs Now Work Better With iPad, iPhone

Apple released the ninth iteration of its OS X Mountain Lion operating system for Macs with significantly improved integration with its popular iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone.

The new OS, which is selling in the Mac App Store for $19.99, delivers more than 200 new features, including tighter integration with Apple's homegrown cloud service, iCloud.

With iCloud support now included natively, users can synchronize apps across the Mac, iPad and iPhone, including email, reminders, calendar and contacts, eliminating the need for manual file sharing or updates.

The new OS release puts the heat on Microsoft, which is poised to launch Windows 8 with its new Metro interface at the end of October.


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