What will Mac OS X Lion deliver?

Apple Store“Mac OS X Lion. That’s what it’s going to be called. Not Mac OS 11, or anything else,” Milind Alvares writes for Smoking Apples.

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“Lion is going to bring a lot of iOS back to the Mac. We’re going to see revamped user interfaces for Mail, iCal, borrowing from those icon metaphors and UI styles,” Alvares writes. “Everything is going to look much cleaner than before, much like QuickTime X did with its previous version (though I hope not at the cost of power and functionality). But where iOS segregates its functionality into ‘apps’, the Mac will feature a more integrated workflow of its different services. Imagine the Mail app featuring the Address Book and iCal interfaces in one single glorified window. The same addressbook showing up in iChat, ready for FaceTime.”

Alvares writes, “The thought of running iOS apps on a mouse/keyboard environment is sour at best, and Apple would never go for it. Those are touch based user interfaces, depending on a lot of functionality inherent on those devices, that would not work on any Mac as we know it. They just wouldn’t work. But what if Apple introduces a new way of writing Mac specific applications that are kind of like iOS apps?”

Read more speculation in the full article – recommended – here.

88 Comments

  1. Mac OS X is dying. The new king will be iOS. We will start to see Apple go down this path. Desktop computers will become larger variations of the iPad. I’m excited, the rest of the world is catching up and Apple is headed for the future at full speed. I believe Lion will be the first hybrid Apple OS.

  2. Mac OS X is dying. The new king will be iOS. We will start to see Apple go down this path. Desktop computers will become larger variations of the iPad. I’m excited, the rest of the world is catching up and Apple is headed for the future at full speed. I believe Lion will be the first hybrid Apple OS.

  3. If it _is_ a full version of what we know as Mac OS X, I’d like these:

    – Resolution independence.

    – iTunes rewritten fully in Cocoa.

    – Modern file system replacement for HFS+

  4. If it _is_ a full version of what we know as Mac OS X, I’d like these:

    – Resolution independence.

    – iTunes rewritten fully in Cocoa.

    – Modern file system replacement for HFS+

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