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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. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by pixelflash View Post
      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?
      10.6.4 is nowhere near Windows 7 in graphics performance. Not even close. I'm talking about the GPU drivers that are for games. Apple can't write them worth a damn and they don't really seem to have the desire to include either ATi or nVidia in the process of improving them. 10.6.4 took a huge step back in performance. I just installed StarCraft 2 in Windows 7 and compared to OS X it's a MASSIVE improvement. I get 30+ FPS at high settings on everything at 1900x1200 in W7. Since I don't know of an OS X utility for in game FPS monitoring, I'm guessing I'm getting lower than 20 FPS at medium/low settings at 1280x720. OS X has nothing on Windows 7 in graphics performance, never has and never will. Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech.com has stated that OS X graphics drivers make a card perform at least one generation behind what the hardware is capable of. Apple has NEVER been able to write drivers that are on par with Windows.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by pixelflash View Post
      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?
      No it doesn't. Video performance in Windows 7 is far better than in OS X, really
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by pixelflash View Post
      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?
      Not true. Windows 7 beats Snow Leopard video performance due to graphics card updates. Apple hasn't done anything to improve it. All I know is that Valve stated that Apple, nVIDIA, and ATI are working together to improve Mac gaming performance.
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      10.6.4 is nowhere near Windows 7 in graphics performance. Not even close. I'm talking about the GPU drivers that are for games. Apple can't write them worth a damn and they don't really seem to have the desire to include either ATi or nVidia in the process of improving them. 10.6.4 took a huge step back in performance. I just installed StarCraft 2 in Windows 7 and compared to OS X it's a MASSIVE improvement. I get 30+ FPS at high settings on everything at 1900x1200 in W7. Since I don't know of an OS X utility for in game FPS monitoring, I'm guessing I'm getting lower than 20 FPS at medium/low settings at 1280x720. OS X has nothing on Windows 7 in graphics performance, never has and never will. Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech.com has stated that OS X graphics drivers make a card perform at least one generation behind what the hardware is capable of. Apple has NEVER been able to write drivers that are on par with Windows.
      Ahhhh the gamer. You're right games just don't run well on OSX as they do in Windows. The worst part about it they probably never will. At this point I don't think Apple sees games as a priority. Apple must be doing something right or they would be growing they way they are. Of course you could always use bootcamp to get your game fix...
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by mgebara View Post
      Ahhhh the gamer. You're right games just don't run well on OSX as they do in Windows. The worst part about it they probably never will. At this point I don't think Apple sees games as a priority. Apple must be doing something right or they would be growing they way they are. Of course you could always use bootcamp to get your game fix...
      Oh I do. Trust me! If OS X had the same performance that Windows 7 does it would be the perfect OS. I like alot about W7, and I wish that OS X had a few of it's features but I spend over 90% of my time in OS X. Windows 7 is my gaming OS, and OS X is for everything else. Apple makes the best OS and notebooks in my opinion but gaming performance and offering a better card in the iMacs rather than neutered mobile parts would be better for me. Same goes for the Mac Pro, the cards in those machines are waaaaaaay too weak to be in a computer of that performance level.
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      most of apple's systems are much less than $3000 you troll. Now STFU and GTFO.
      Check out this video! [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMEe7JqBgvg]YouTube - Internet Bridge Troll[/ame]
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Can u imagine... Steve Jobs having COMPLETE CONTROL of your OS?!?! This has been his dream his whole life!
    1. psquali4's Avatar
      psquali4 -
      Why the hell would you use a communist murderer for the picture.
    1. xNEOxGENESISx's Avatar
      xNEOxGENESISx -
      Agreed lol
    1. luigimaster24's Avatar
      luigimaster24 -
      All of this is wonderful!!! Where's the iP4 jailbreak/unlock??
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      ^what that got to do with this thread

      I bet there making a html5 media player to rival flash, I'm probably wrong
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post
      That graphic is awesome.



      just say'n.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by mihajmis View Post
      ... or "revolutional" magic
      I hope we won't have to jailbreak this os too lol.
    1. holl0wm1nd's Avatar
      holl0wm1nd -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      I hope we won't have to jailbreak this os too lol.
      I don't think so
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      LOL-ing out loud!
      Did you just say .... "LOL-ing" ... Really?
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prozac4312 View Post
      Isn't saying "HTTP protocol" redundant? Sort of like ATM machine or VIN number...
      There's a term for that syndrome-

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXcGGwPmZ-A]YouTube - Love my cash money ![/ame]
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by j.eck.art.3d View Post
      LOL-ing out loud!
      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. Now I'm totally confused. All along I thought LOL was short for "laughing out loud". So naturally I read your post as "laughing out loud-ing out loud". I'm totally confused now.
      CAH-ing=confused as hell-ing?!? 
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Revolutionary?... OMG! It's going to print money! Suck on that HTC EVO!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by luigimaster24 View Post
      All of this is wonderful!!! Where's the iP4 jailbreak/unlock??
      How about quit filling the news with these annoying questions?

      or GTFO!
    1. luigimaster24's Avatar
      luigimaster24 -
      Thanks for the warm response. I really appreciate it. Why don't you go play your little video games and quit whining.