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  • Apple Hints at "Revolutionary" Mac OS X 10.7


    An Apple job listing for a software engineer to work on Mac OS X 10.7 hints at a "totally new" (totally!) feature that will be unveiled in the upcoming operating system, some innovation that Apple says "has never been done before" and that will "truly amaze everyone." Using the word "revolutionary" no fewer than three times, the listing seeks an engineer with "up close and personal experience with the HTTP protocol as well as other protocols layered atop it," suggesting that the feature is closely tied in to Web technology.

    While Apple generally lays it on pretty thick about how awesome its technology is, the listing talks about a change in the "very foundations of Mac OS X," suggesting that the next software update will involve a significant redesign of the operating system. While changes in the system since Mac OS X was first introduced have been incremental in nature - Intel support, improved graphics, etc. - the language of the ad portends some kind of essential difference between not only 10.7 and previous versions of Mac OS X, but between 10.7 and every other OS.

    The emphasis put on HTTP and "other protocols layered atop it" provide a possible clue about the nature of the "revolution." Given that this is an ad for an OS engineer, there's a real chance that the "amazing" new feature involves tight integration of cloud computing technology into the OS itself, possibly even a fully internet-bootable system. One rumor from last year's Macworld, quoting "a friend of a friend who is a trusted source of a friend at Apple" (LOL) claimed that Mac OS X 10.7 "will... connect to the cloud and download the kernel" rather than having a local operating system. The problems with this story are obvious: in addition to it being almost 100% pure, unadulterated fiction, who would want a computer that you can't use when your internet connection is down?

    However, assuming for the moment that the rumor might have been based on a misunderstood description of a real Apple project, let's not forget about the mysterious big Apple data center that the company has never fully explained. Previously revealed patents have referred to a system that would allow you to start a game on your home computer, continue playing it on your iPad, and finish up at work or at school. This would require a fundamental change in how the Mac OS works, and in a world where tablet computers and trackpads can be called "magical" and "revolutionary," you can see how this could possibly live up to such a label.

    Of course, it could just be typical corporate BS. That's the thing about Apple: as cool as their products often are, they still manage to exaggerate them way out of proportion. Anyway, this will potentially be an interesting story to watch develop. After all, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is a year old… how long are we going to have to wait for 10.7? (And what will it be called… Clouded Leopard?)

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Hints at "Revolutionary" Mac OS X 10.7 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      _______________________________________________



      See that line there?

      That is the line where insults and comments about the jailbreak stop. This is in the Mac News and has nothing to do with iPhone software. Staying on topic can pass that line.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Magically CHA-CHING
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by luigimaster24 View Post
      Thanks for the warm response. I really appreciate it. Why don't you go play your little video games and quit whining.
      A little harsh, yes - but to be fair, you are asking a very stale question in a completely unrelated thread.
    1. ukoda's Avatar
      ukoda -
      My guess is they jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon but I think Steve will not be able resist the opportunity to start the transition from the current open OS X to a closed iPhone style pay a toll for every app model.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      most of apple's systems are much less than $3000 you troll. Now STFU and GTFO.
      I'm sure you're not an apple sheep.....

      I like macs and OSX just fine but they don't have a desktop computer that isn't AT LEAST $500+ OVERPRICED. say what you want but that is just fact.
    1. thixtythix's Avatar
      thixtythix -
      Quote Originally Posted by yomamashump View Post
      Perhaps it will run on hardware less than $3000?
      Doubt it
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by ukoda View Post
      My guess is they jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon but I think Steve will not be able resist the opportunity to start the transition from the current open OS X to a closed iPhone style pay a toll for every app model.
      Sadly you are probably right...it would be very unfortunate if apple gained that level of control over the desktop user experience, I mean I get the iDevices but having that happen to a desktop would seriously cripple it IMHO....that will really suck considering I've been a Mac/NeXT/OS X user for years. If that datacenter is for cloud booting the kernel....can anyone say skynet?
    1. X2thaP's Avatar
      X2thaP -
      First thing I was thinking is Chrome OS, Apple following that 'example'? (maybe this was said before in different words)
      Anyway, I am waiting for it, my iMac needs a fresh install, hehe.
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      most of apple's systems are much less than $3000 you troll. Now STFU and GTFO.
      Whoa dude. Anger management FTW. I own 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini. I like Apple just fine but their hardware IS overpriced in comparison to PC. My comment was just to point this out in an exaggerated way. Stop drinking the Steve Jobs' Kool-aid and learn to be objective.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      ^
      Find me another 17 inch notebook with a 1900x1200 screen, that's an inch thick, weighs under 8 pounds, and has an 8 hour battery life and I'll gladly listen.

      I hope this isn't a cloud computing move. If the whole Sidekick debacle is anything to go off of this is a bad move. I highly doubt people will trust a server to keep all their improtant stuff on, much less trust that it won't be compromised.
    1. Bassface's Avatar
      Bassface -
      Can't wait to see what it is!
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      OS X doesn't need anything changed, it doesn't need a 'revolutionary' upgrade. It needs some serious rework in it's graphics drivers. Fix that, make it somewhere remotely close to Windows 7 and it'll be almost perfect. Graphics drivers are seriously killing OS X for me.
      Nvidia is the one responsible for their graphics card drivers in OS X. Now, if you mean it needs "better graphics cards" support, then I totally agree with you. But That may not change anything because as a gaming platform, the mac is too expensive and lacks the ability upgrade hardware the way a PC does.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      How am I trolling success.is.sweet? It's a simple request. Instead of posting stupid pictures, how about you give me an example? I think you're the one trolling my friend, you've added absolutely nothing to this discussion. No one has been able to give me one example in response to that question, only trolling accusations, Steve Jobs is a communist, or that Apple computers are overpriced. Instead of being childish, help me figure out why I paid too much for my MacBook and give me an example that is part for part identical and has the same quality and features as a whole package.

      Quote Originally Posted by PlatoTheForms View Post
      Nvidia is the one responsible for their graphics card drivers in OS X. Now, if you mean it needs "better graphics cards" support, then I totally agree with you. But That may not change anything because as a gaming platform, the mac is too expensive and lacks the ability upgrade hardware the way a PC does.
      No they aren't. You cannot get drivers from nVidia for OS X. All graphics updates are distributed by Apple through OS updates and are approved by Apple, not nVidia nor ATi. You can't get them from either of those companies and they won't support driver issues with Apple computers. If that was the case you could download them from their website but you can't. I never said they were better because of hardware on a desktop platform. I said that the iMacs have neutered desktop GPUs and the Mac Pros have weak cards for what they cost. The drivers are crap overall, way behind the Windows crowd and that is solely Apples fault. Neither nVidia nor ATi are responsible for that problem, Gabe Newell has pointed this out.

      Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

      Graphics Drivers & Software

      Please point me to downloads for OS X on either of those websites.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      stupid edit function
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      I wonder if this means safari might be getting sandboxed... That would be a really nice feature. I'm not a big fan of chrome.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Being a "new" Mac book pro user. Are these types of new OS releases free? Being a win pc guy for 20 yrs I'm use to dishing out a few hundred for an upgrade. I've noticed a lot of Mac software is considerably cheaper than win. Or will this be kinda like a service pack?

      Also I'm kinda ignorant to cloud based anything. I can say that I have used sharepoint along with computers operating solely off a network. (no os installed on the computer). The prob I have had with this is when the network is down or overloaded it's a nightmare. Is this the same concept as cloud?
    1. kingbijan's Avatar
      kingbijan -
      niiiice
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Being a "new" Mac book pro user. Are these types of new OS releases free? Being a win pc guy for 20 yrs I'm use to dishing out a few hundred for an upgrade. I've noticed a lot of Mac software is considerably cheaper than win. Or will this be kinda like a service pack?

      Also I'm kinda ignorant to cloud based anything. I can say that I have used sharepoint along with computers operating solely off a network. (no os installed on the computer). The prob I have had with this is when the network is down or overloaded it's a nightmare. Is this the same concept as cloud?
      no, the 10.6.x updates are free, but 10.x updates generally cost a small fee. SL was $30. People get mad because they say that they are just like service pack updates, but they are really more like the difference between vista and win7.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      Maybe they're making a compatible software for an actual tablet computer? Or maybe 3d effects like the Nintendo's 3DS?
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Ok at 40yrs old I know my "hip" limits and I never claimed to understand the Internet slang/acro's. However, I thought I at least had "LOL and LMAO" down...
      I thought it had something to do with cats.