Apple Woos Chinese Speakers With New Mac Features [OS X Mountain Lion]

Chinese features in Mountain Lion

Hey China! Apple loves you. To prove it, there are a whole bunch of China-specific features built into OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

The new Share Sheets feature (very similar to the Share button you see everywhere on iOS) will support Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou, and China’s biggest search engine Baidu will be one of the supplied options for Safari’s search box.

Mail, Contacts and Calendar will all include support for personal information management sites like QQ and 163.

There will also be much improved text entry support for Chinese speakers, and a dynamically updated dictionary.

Given Apple’s massive success in China in the last year or so (all $13 billion of it), some investment in features like this shouldn’t be a big surprise. Apple knows how big the Chinese market is, and how fast it’s growing. You can’t blame them for doing whatever they can to improve OS X for Chinese users.

I’m not Chinese though, and don’t speak it. If you are, or you do, you tell us: is this the sort of thing Chinese-speaking Mac users are looking for? Will it help Apple sell more Macs in China? If you have answers, please share them in the comments.

  • Carwyn Morris

    Yea, it is. They’re basically just adding the same features as Western users had already but for the services that mainland China uses the most.

    The improved input system for typing and dictionary is huge too, but I’d imagine they’d need some sort of tie in deal to get a fully working and dynamic dictionary and input going. The most popular used software on Windows is Sugou, with Google having an input system too. They might end up working with Sugou? Most Chinese iOS users jailbreak and improve the typing/input system as it’s pretty crappy in iOS too.

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