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Report Claims Mac OS X 10.7 Will Come With “OS X meets iOS” Interface

October 19th, 2010 10:55 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Mac OS X to get iOS like UI elements

Unconfirmed rumors ahead of Apple's "Back to the Mac" event that is scheduled for tomorrow claim that Mac OS X 10.7 that might be unveiled tomorrow may come with a number of interface elements that appear to have been inspired by the iOS.

According to folks at MacStories, the new version of Mac OS X will come with an "OS X meets iOS” interface that would still retain the "Aqua-like" design of the older OS X version.

One of the biggest UI changes suggested by the report is the incorporation of an iOS-like scroll bar in place of the current Aqua scroll bars on the Mac platform. These scroll bars are also likely to come with the "rubber band" elastic scrolling and the native "pull to refresh" features that are popular on the iOS platform. 

The report however concedes that Apple may not turn on these scrolling features by default on the new Mac OS X. That is quite possible considering that a lot of Mac users may not want Apple to make drastic changes to the native look and feel of the Mac OS X platform. However, the new features are likely to appeal to the huge population of Mac users who also own an iDevice like the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

We must point out that these reports are mere speculations at the moment and need to be taken with guarded skepticism. However, the rumors are in line with earlier reports about the possibility for Apple to incorporate a "touch" layer to the upcoming version of Mac OS X. Apple already owns one of the most popular touch-based OS platforms in the iOS and it is therefore not unreasonable for the company to bring popular interface elements from this platform to Mac OS X. 

What do you think of an iOS-convertible MacBook or iMac? Will you go for one? 

[via MacStories]

Source: Report Claims Mac OS X 10.7 Will Come With “OS X meets iOS” Interface

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