No! We probably haven’t seen half of what will be Mac OS X 10.7 and there are already quite a few users badmouthing the next Apple operating system. What we saw yesterday is not new, it is the general tone of Apple during a first approach of their operating systems to the user.
Maybe we’re more used to iOS presentations, where everything is shown in its final finish, but the truth is that rarely have we seen a presentation of Mac OS X like this.
If we do a bit of memory, we don’t need to travel a lot in time, we can remember the first time we saw Leopard to realize how much the system changed between its first presentation and its final completion.
Leopard was first presented to the public on June 6, 2005 during WWDC. Curiously, at that time neither the new Finder nor the new style of the Dock were shown and even Time Machine did not have the same animations as in its final version. In fact it wouldn’t be until the same date but in 2007 that we would see Leopard with its final design.
Something very similar has happened with Lion. Let’s say that Apple has put on the table all the new features it intends to implement in the new operating system, and has also offered us a preview of some of its implementations, although that’s all it was .
Introducing Mac OS X 10.7, a market study
You know that Apple is one of the companies that best knows how to create a product and then sell it. Many analysts say that the secret of the company is to create a need that didn’t exist until that moment and that from that point on you think that since you have been able to live without that new characteristic, the product.
I do not rule out that this is the way the company works, but to create a product that satisfies that need, you must first do a great deal of market research on those weaknesses and where they can strike.
What we saw yesterday is just that. Apple has some pretty clear ideas of what they want to implement in their new operating system, ideas that came out of their labs, concepts that have to be if or if in Mac OS X 10.7, but they lack the feedback of those new options.
We are not talking about bugs, we are talking about implementation . An idea can be implemented in many ways on a system, for example Dashboard has changed its concept in Lion without changing its mind.
The App Store and FaceTime is another clear example of things they have shown without spending much time on details. The App Store is one of the first applications that Apple created for Mac OS X with that iOS look: frameless window, iOS button panel, accelerated scroll, no scroll bars…
The application itself was not only showing us one more feature of the system, it was showing us a preview of some of the new features that would be integrated in the rest of the applications. Many applications on the system will change to this format even if Apple doesn’t comment on it openly.
What I mean by all this is that Apple has only put the cards on the table to check people’s reaction to them and to be able to better define the lines of development in the face of such criticism and opinions.
Apple has shown a small part of the future, what doesn’t make sense is for them to show us something finished now with 9 months to go.
Things you can add to Mac OS X 10.7 until it is released
However, while yesterday they openly showed few things, they let us intuit many. They made it clear that their new operating system is aimed at those users who make the leap from an iOS computer to a Mac , just as it happened with the iPod and computers, and thus apply not only the design but also many parts of the operation of iOS.
- The new style of the Applications. I mentioned above, although we have barely seen this section, it is clear that Apple is going to release a new design in their applications. We are not only talking about a new look, but also a different methodology of use. Applications that include all the integrated windows, with the ability to vary their interface if used in full screen, new buttons…
- More organized. One thing that is very clear is that Apple does not intend to incorporate many new solutions, although it does want to better organize everything the system currently has. Mission Control is a good example, it’s nothing new, they are the options we already had until now but organized in a more comfortable way and all under one single interface and not after four different accesses. Apple wants to simplify what already exists in Mac OS X to make it more accessible.
- Focused on less advanced users. Another detail evident during the presentation was the focus on less advanced users. Applications like LaunchPad (a retina that shows all the applications of the system) are a clear example of this, instead of showing a person that he has to use the Finder you just show him that he has all his applications on that button.
- Many iOS concepts. The idea is the same as above, to simplify but at the same time integrate iOS concepts. LaunchPad is again the star application in this aspect, it is a purely iOS idea adapted to the operation of a computer. Surely it will not be the only one we see in this regard.
- A new menu bar. Finally, I would like to highlight a curiosity. The menu bar of all the videos is completely empty except for the Spotight symbol, it looks very nice but… what about the sound buttons, AirPort, Time Machine… Have they disappeared? Maybe it’s another one of those many details still to be discovered.