Over a decade and in its eighth version, Mac OS X (now OS X) is beginning to come to the end of its cycle

Especial Mac OS X décimo aniversario

Let it be clear that here I only intend to express a mere opinion , and as such, it may be completely wrong. Almost two years ago, here at Apple we did a special on Mac OS X for its tenth anniversary . We reviewed each and every one of its versions and speculated about what the future might hold.

Over a decade and in its eighth version, Mac OS X (now OS X) is beginning to come to the end of its cycle
Over a decade and in its eighth version, Mac OS X (now OS X) is beginning to come to the end of its cycle

We can see that many of the opinions expressed by my colleague Miguel Michan were fulfilled. In one way or another, we saw the integration with Mobile Me, now called iCloud, The Mac App Store, the batteries, more multi-touch gestures thanks to the magic trackpad… But there are also things left in the inkwell, like Spotlight for example.

But I have the firm conviction that we are approaching the end of a cycle . With its virtues and defects, few new ideas (in terms of OS environment) have been presented in these last two versions of OS X, Lion and Mountain Lion. Everything seems to be aimed at solving problems and consolidating existing functionalities.

Microsoft has introduced their Windows 8 with less success than they might have expected, but it cannot be denied that they have introduced new concepts to their operating system . This coming year 2013, during the summer, we will more than likely see some new features in the next version of OS X. And let’s remember that will then be in version 10.9 .

In no more than five years we should see a new OS , either OS XI, although I’m afraid the shots won’t go that way. And the retinal screens will have a lot to do, three-dimensional desks will have a lot to do. And iPads will have a lot more raw power than they have now. That’s why I invite you, before New Year’s Eve, to join me in this series of articles that we wrote together, and that show us what we had and what we have now.

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