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  • Apple Getting Busy on Mac OS X 10.7 to Combat Win7

    Apple isn't letting any grass grow beneath them in terms of future operating system upgrades.

    While most of us are still acclimating to Snow Leopard, Mac Rumors is reporting information today that could soon have us preparing to familiarize ourselves with yet another new version OS X.

    Evidence has surfaced that Apple is already working on the next version of OS X, presumably to be designated Mac OS X 10.7. The information comes from an entry posted earlier today in a database of changes to the open source "launched" framework, which oversees booting of Mac OS X and administers processes running on the system.
    The "smoking-gun" giveaway is the error message discovered in the entry. The text string reads "11A47," which, of course, is a reference to the Mac OS X build number being used. Apple should have known someone would eventually catch on, as the company has a bad habit of using a numerical prefix indicating the major release version, followed by a letter code indicating the minor release version and a numerical suffix indicating iterations of that version throughout its development.

    Particularly exciting to some, the '47' suffix indicates that Apple is up to something, though there is no way of telling how long it will be until the upcoming OS refresh will be formally unveiled. But when it does finally arrive, grand expectations await - particularly since the last OS upgrade didn't pack a big enough "wow" factor for a lot of Apple fans.

    While 10.6 incorporated many "under the hood" changes, however, some have speculated that we may see more radical end-user changes in 10.7.
    Thanks to the arrival of Windows 7, Apple has to stretch beyond basic security and stability issues with their next operating system. Being "radical" on the user interface could prove the company's only effective way to stand out and differentiate from the competition.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Getting Busy on Mac OS X 10.7 to Combat Win7 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Yeah, my buddy is in computer tech school and he gets a crap load of OS builds for free. He asked me if I wanted to try Win7 but I declined because

      a. It will not receive updates because its a Beta
      b. I have lost major faith in Microsoft and have little interest

      But thanx for the info tho

      The beta updates just fine

      During the Vista era Apple had plenty of reasons to promote OSX over Windows. Those days are gone now as Win7 is a solid OS. There is nothing you can take away from it. Its only downfall is pricing off of the shelf.

      Apple can't sit idly by and I am glad to see that they aren't. Competition is great for people on both sides of the fence.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      @ The comments about running Windows 7 on Mac.

      So if I were to go out and buy a MacBook Pro (Which I think I might as im using ASUS laptop and would like to try a Mac) it would be the MacBook Pro 13.3" Intel Core 2 Duo model cuz the new MacBook lacks some features. Would it be worth installing Windows 7 with dual booting a Mac OS? I heard most drivers seem to be working...

      I just never had a Mac before and going from a Laptop with a ATI HD4650 VRAM DDR3 to a Mac that its specs are ok but a Nvidia 9400M... Im not sure if its worth dumping a lot more $$$ for the MacBook Pro 13.3'' and losing specs...

      I think Mac OS is really cool and would like to give it a try! Decisions, I hate them! lol

      Great post! Made me think 2 about my decision now... LOL
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      7 vs. 7 all out grudge match!!! Lol!!!
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      already 10.5 beat windows 7 by miles! :-D
      -1 for starting a stupid war... AGAIN...
    1. ccvjahnyyx3's Avatar
      ccvjahnyyx3 -
      I don't care if it's Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2, or Windows 7 Ultimate, or for that matter, the open source Linux Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, or Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, or Windows XP Professional SP3, or even the early builds of the Chrome OS from Google. I run all 6 of those in some way on my Lenovo Ideapad S10e netbook. In the first of four partitions, is XP, with Ubuntu installed within, and Chrome OS in a VMware Player virtual machine. Then the other three partitions, respectively, have Vista, 7, and Snow Leopard. Technically that means I run a penti-boot system, with an additional OS in a virtual machine. So there you have it. Everything is great.