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    Default Apple Patent Reveals Scrollable Menus, Toolbars



    Without question, Apple continues to forge ahead with making its operating systems more versatile and capable of accommodating the burgeoning number of options, tools, and demands that scores of applications present, despite the well-known present scarcity of screen space available to similarly accommodate so many choices. Our friends at Patently Apple, however, have uncovered an interesting find that speaks to how Apple may soon address this undeniable reality.

    At Apple's "Back to Mac" event last month, Steve Jobs unveiled no shortage of cool features native to next summer's release of Apple newest operating system dubbed "Lion." But as the folks at Patently Apple point out, Jobs didn't dwell on the challenges incumbent on Mac users who will have to juggle the likes of a new Mac App Store, Launchpad, Full Screen Apps and Mission Control. As it turns out, Apple may have a little something up its sleeve with "scrollable menus and toolbars."

    This possible new OS X Lion feature came to light late last week in a new European patent filing. The new feature is clearly identified as one being designed for both the desktop (OS X) and handheld devices (iOS) which is what OS X Lion is all about: "The Power of OS X The Magic of iPad." Apple's Full Screen App feature is about simplifying the desktop and their latest scrollable menus and toolbars concept extends upon that very thinking.
    Preserving valuable screen real estate will be a vital attribute of future Apple operating systems and it appears that Apple is not only aware of this fact, but actively looking to address it in the coming months. As a result, it's a safe bet that OS X Lion and a subsequent iOS update will usher in the era of scrollable menus and toolbars.

    Patently Apple

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    The more new feature the better, sometimes, but this sounds nice
    You don't like the iPad because you don't have one!

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    ok wow! apple must love big cats because check this out! they must have been planning it from the beginning
    list of names from every major update Below....

    1st:Cheetah
    2nd: puma
    3rd:jaguar
    4th: panther
    5th:tiger
    6th:leopard
    7th:snow leopard
    and now 8th LION!!!! the king of the jungle...even though a tiger vs lion = tiger FTW??

    so what will be the 9th name? snow lion??? anyways back on topic Im looking forward to buying lion and its new features

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    Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
    ok wow! apple must love big cats because check this out! they must have been planning it from the beginning
    list of names from every major update Below....

    1st:Cheetah
    2nd: puma
    3rd:jaguar
    4th: panther
    5th:tiger
    6th:leopard
    7th:snow leopard
    and now 8th LION!!!! the king of the jungle...even though a tiger vs lion = tiger FTW??

    so what will be the 9th name? snow lion??? anyways back on topic Im looking forward to buying lion and its new features


    # 9 = OS X Liger ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
    # 9 = OS X Liger ...
    why not OS XI already. come on 7 versions

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
    # 9 = OS X Liger ...
    +1

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    I'm surprised you just brought up the cat thing as if that wasn't apparent after 10.3, as far as 10.9 snow lion would imply a tuned version of lion, personally I've still got my hopes on ceiling cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
    PogoPlank much? Apple copies the jailbreakers so much
    I don't know. I also remember Crush the Castle 2 and SEVERAL other things using menus that look exactly like this. I guess now people can't use them. *sigh*

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    Curious of the names to come for OSX but how will the naming go for the next generation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
    Curious of the names to come for OSX but how will the naming go for the next generation?
    Canines. Wolves, dogs, etc.

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    I say go with galaxy names.

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    That would be cool.

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