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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. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Most likely utilize cloud......
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Already?
    1. prozac4312's Avatar
      prozac4312 -
      Isn't saying "HTTP protocol" redundant? Sort of like ATM machine or VIN number...
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by prozac4312 View Post
      Isn't saying "HTTP protocol" redundant? Sort of like ATM machine or VIN number...
      LOL-ing out loud!
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      This is just Cool...that humongous data Centre most be for something magically revolutionary with fairy dust on top, right?
    1. robertgoes2hart's Avatar
      robertgoes2hart -
      I hope it's as revolutionary as the death grip
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by prozac4312 View Post
      Isn't saying "HTTP protocol" redundant? Sort of like ATM machine or VIN number...
      Perhaps, but it flows off the tongue better.
    1. mihajmis's Avatar
      mihajmis -
      ... it will have windows logo on startup
    1. FURBY8704's Avatar
      FURBY8704 -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertgoes2hart View Post
      I hope it's as revolutionary as the death grip
      I hope it comes with a free case
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      I don't know what's funnier Apple's revolutionary use of the word revolutionary or this threads revolutionary comments, lol
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      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.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      It will be a magical revolution of OSX.

      Consider me curious of it.
    1. mihajmis's Avatar
      mihajmis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      It will be a magical revolution of OSX.

      Consider me curious of it.
      ... or "revolutional" magic
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Perhaps it will run on hardware less than $3000?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Hopefully Apple will update those video card drivers for OS X 10.7.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Oooooookay. Me = 

      I heard, pocket protector, . Yup went way over my head... Lol
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by yomamashump View Post
      Perhaps it will run on hardware less than $3000?

      OSX does. They have one under 1k; MacMini.
    1. pixelflash's Avatar
      pixelflash -
      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.
      Are you kidding me?? What's so great about Windows 7 graphics? Snow Leopard blows it out of the water even on speed and functionality. What graphics drivers are you talking about?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by yomamashump View Post
      Perhaps it will run on hardware less than $3000?
      most of apple's systems are much less than $3000 you troll. Now STFU and GTFO.
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      What I got out of this is to buy it on release day (to have the 10.7.0 version) then hold off on upgrading until apps are made compatible with a possibly completely different OS.