Today, Apple announced the next version of OS X will be called Mountain Lion, and is live as a developer preview. While, strictly speaking, desktop OSs aren’t really what we cover on this blog, Mountain Lion is going to bring some features from iOS onto the desktop, making it within our purview.
One of the more relevant changes is that a number of apps on the desktop are now being named in accordance with their iOS counterparts. For instance, Messages instead of iChat (available as a beta), Contacts instead of Address Book, and Calendar instead of iCal. There will now be desktop versions of Reminders and Notes, and the whole shebang will sync over iCloud.
iCloud document storage, Game Center, and Notification Center are now central parts of the OS, and it sounds like even more design cues will be taken from iOS.