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Apple will focus on Mac OS X at its upcoming developer’s conference on June 2, according to a new report.

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Apple will focus on Mac OS X at its upcoming developer’s conference on June 2, according to a post citing unidentified sources over at 9to5Mac.

Apple is planning to focus on OS X 10.10 because it is receiving an “end-to-end redesign,” similar to the facelift iOS received with its seventh version last year, writes Apple reporter Mark Gurman. Apple is also reportedly allocating iOS user resources to OS X in order to wrap the project up in time for WWDC.

According to Gurman, Apple is planning a fall release for OS X 10.10, internally codenamed “Syrah.” We don’t yet know which California landmark (or big cat) will eventually be tapped for Apple’s consumer-facing marketing name.

Aesthetic changes will include a few iOS 7-style tweaks, including toggle designs and sharper window corners. It’s also a safe bet that Apple will reexamine its app icons and make the OS X versions closer in look and feel to the iOS 7 icons.

Gurman’s report also notes that some features planned for iOS 8 may be pushed back to its first update, iOS 8.1, although it is not unusual for Apple to announce features months before their release, as it did with CarPlay this past March.

The least surprising news included in the report is that Apple is working on the successor to the A7 processor that it’s calling the A8. It’s safe to say the new processor will have improved overall performance and will be more efficient, which would be important if the rumors about the big-screen iPhone turn out to be true.

  1. It makes sense for Apple to make OSX more comparable with iOS, because there are more iOS users, than Mac users. Apple’s eco-system is the stickiest there is, and Apple has a huge oppertunity for even more growth of OSX, when iOS customers buy their next computer. This coupled with the fact that Apple is the only PC vendor, that has shown consistent higher sales of PC over the last few years.

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    1. Gary, you hit the nail on the head.

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  2. Perhaps usable 4K support at some point?

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  3. I am scared. iOS7 is less graphically distinctive, and lost some functionality due to making things harder to discern visually.
    The non-changeable transparent dock on 10.9, when set to the right or left side makes seeing the app-on light indicator impossible to see in front of a white background.
    Mr. Ive has shown he will sacrifice ease of use for the sake of “design”.
    This may not turn out well.

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    1. I’m in agreement that Ive seems to have put form over function in some cases. The top and lower white bars for video controls in iOS that overlay a video. They obliterate it. If the video happens to have subtitles… then those are obliterated. Form over function… what was there before worked much better.

      I fear a big pain coming for OSX developers, right after they rewrote for 64 bit, and ARC… now comes this, is someone pissing on every bush and fire hydrant can find. Sounds like Ive at work.

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  4. Michael W. Perry Friday, May 2, 2014

    Will this end-to-end design be merely cosmetic or will it fix deep-seated deficiencies in OS X that are long overdue to be address? The deficiencies with text services that show up in almost every text app include:

    1. A lack of semantic markup in OS X. HTML and epub use it. It’s the only way to have documents created on a Mac with a 24-inch screen also look good on an iPhone. Give OS X text apps what Word has had since the late 1980s, a quarter of a century ago, paragraph and text styles.

    2. Fix Hunspell’s dreadful look up abilities. At present even a single missing letter or a transposed pair of letters leave it clueless. I feel like screaming with OS X’s text services, based on Hunspell, tell me a word is misspelled. About a third the time, OS X doesn’t have a clue what the correct spelling is. Yet if I cut and paste that same word into a Google search, Google knows the correct spelling about 98% of the time. If nothing else, Apple should swallow its pride and give us a “Get correct spelling from Google” option.

    3. Add a system-wide GREP search and replace to OS X with a set of handy default replacements (i.e. phone number formatting). And allow users to share that GREP sets.

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  5. Gary Dauphin Friday, May 2, 2014

    After all the pushback Apple got because of the flat icons, you would think they would have second thoughts about forcing it down the throats of OS X users. Besides, OS X users care more about stability, bug fixes and new functionality than pretty icons.

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  6. I’m happy to still use 10.6.8

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  7. Steady Freddy Saturday, May 17, 2014

    “Sharper corners” ?? This is what the best minds at Apple have decided to focus on?

    How about rewriting the Finder to make it 10x faster and more robust, and give it a decent search function, finally?

    Then leave it the heck alone so we can go get our work done without these bullshit visual changes all the time.

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