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OS X 11, we don’t need a revolution, but an evolution

The Apple World Developers Conference is just around the corner and one of the safest bets for its inaugural keynote is that the new versions of the two operating systems on the block, iOS 9 and OS X 11 , will once again be the main courses on a menu in which the Apple Watch and, perhaps, the Apple TV will also have their place.

We’ve already talked about iOS 9 recently, so we have to look at its big brother to try to guess what we can expect from the operating system that beats inside every Mac, a system that received a major facelift less than a year ago and whose first versions brought many users to their knees due to various connection problems and various errors.

Maybe that’s why, and also based on rumors that iOS 9 will focus on stability and performance, OS X 10.11 may come to be OS X 10.10 Yosemite what Snow Leopard was in 2009, a version totally focused on making everything work smoothly again, solving any issues that might still be a problem and optimizing every line of code to work faster on the same hardware. In short, we want to see less of the death ball.

And for the outstanding, a few wishes

Siri is such an obvious feature that it’s surprising how reluctant Apple is to provide our Macs with its voice assistant

  • Siri. It’s a feature so obvious that it’s surprising how reluctant Apple is to provide our Macs with a voice assistant. If they do it well, and it works in the background without affecting the application we have in focus, it would be truly like having an assistant at our service whom we can ask to search for something on the Internet while we continue writing a job or to let us know when a specific email arrives that we are waiting for.
  • Control Center. Another iOS feature that, with a little tweaking, could be well received by all users, especially those with a less technical profile who are not particularly comfortable navigating the preference panels.
  • Notification Syncing – Am I the only one who is desperate to receive 15 notifications that I have already attended to on my iPhone when I log in to the Mac? An option to mark them all as read wouldn’t be bad either.
  • More Continuity options. Continuity is one of Yosemite’s best inventions, and I hope it goes further. For example, between iTunes and the Music app, you can switch playback from your Mac to your iPhone and keep listening to the song, album or playlist, wherever you go. Also, more integration between OS X and iOS apps, for example, to share a picture by Whatsapp in the same way that now we can send an SMS from the Mac if we have the iPhone nearby.
  • New file system. Whether it’s the long-dreamed-of ZFS or an even better new approach. Mac OS Plus (HFS+) has served the cause well for all these years, but time flies and since 1998 a lot of very desirable features have been developed.
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    All up to date. One of the things that we should certainly demand from Apple is that it be more proactive in keeping all its components updated, whether we are talking about putting the most advanced features in the hands of developers (in the case of OpenGL) or closing security holes discovered long ago (so that Google doesn’t have to arrive to take the colors out of them with its Project Zero).

  • Goodbye iTunes? Take this as a thought out loud, something that might be a good guess… Kill iTunes just as iPhoto has died and divide its functions among a collection of apps, many of which already have a homonym in iOS: Music, Podcasts, Video, iTunes U… and a new synchronization and only synchronization app that is more graphic and functional, especially when it comes to representing where each piece of information is… Mac, iPhone, iPad, iCloud.

We can think of many more, but what better way to conclude than with an example of the kind of refinements that Apple could, not, should apply, to the longest edges of its operating system. This is the case with the information window (Get information by right-clicking on a file), a dinosaur that a simple reorganization would be great for and for which there is no shortage of ideas.

When and under what name

OS X 11, we don’t need a revolution, but an evolution
OS X 11, we don’t need a revolution, but an evolution

Based on the release schedule followed by Apple over the past few years, it is expected that OS X Yosemite’s successor will be presented to everyone on next June 8th at Moscone West in San Francisco, with a first beta version available to developers that same day followed by a public beta one to two months later, and its final release in the fall.

Both Mavericks, named after a surfing area in California, and Yosemite, named after the state’s national park, were released in October 2013 and 2014 respectively, so the chances of OS X 10.11 landing for free on the Mac App Store again that month are pretty high.

As for the name, we know that Apple will continue with the pattern of places in California and also that they have registered a long list of names among which Redwood , Mammoth, Pacific or Sierra. As long as it works like it used to in Cupertino, let it be called whatever you want.

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