OS X 10.10, codenamed Syrah, is the 2014 version of the Mac operating system currently in development by Apple. OS X 10.10 is expected to be shown off at WWDC 2014 on June 2 and released sometime in October. (Apple has varied OS X release dates more widely than they have iOS.) In addition to new features, OS X should bring similar interface and experience refinements to Apple’s desktop operating system, similar in spirit if not exact execution to the iOS 7 makeover of 2013. It should also continue the work OS X Mavericks began with energy efficiency and pro-user friendliness.
What new features can we expect? It’s hard to say, though a new design language, Siri support, AirDrop compatibility, a more feature-filled iBooks app, and, of course, a future-thinking file system are likely high on everyone’s list.
OS X 10.10 Syrah design language
Last year Jony Ive and Apple’s design team spent so much time working on iOS 7′s new look, OS X mostly got the linen and the leather — if not the felt — stripped out but not much else. The intent was always to go back and give OS X the design attention it deserved as well.
Well, iOS 8 should make that a reality. While it’s unlikely Apple will make OS X the spitting image of iOS, it is likely they’ll bring the same general design guidelines into play — depth, deference, and clarity. Just like the iPad doesn’t mirror the iPhone exactly, the Mac has needs and requirements all its own. It needs to be consistent enough that new users don’t feel out of place when their iOS devices bring them to the Mac, but it also has to be different enough to make sense as a desktop.
Apple knows that. Now they just have to stick it.
OS X 10.10 and Siri
Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, still hasn’t been brought over to the Mac. Sure, Dictation is there and works well enough, but none of the incredible question/response and sequential inference technology has found its way to the desktop. Could that finally chance with OS X 10.10 Syrah?
OS X 10.10 and AirDrop
AirDrop debuted on the Mac but after several initial attempts to bring it to iOS were shot down as overly complex, the version that finally shipped in iOS 7 wasn’t even compatible with the Mac.
That should change in OS X 10.10 as the teams at Apple get their protocols back in sync and their cross-platform beaming fully in order.
OS X 10.10 iBooks
iBooks came to the Mac with OS X Mavericks but a lot of the functionality previously found in iTunes didn’t come with it. For OS X 10.10 Apple could win back a lot of fans by making iBooks on the desktop feature complete… and then some.
OS X 10.10 bottom line
The Mac’s operating system is beyond mature. That means the steps forward aren’t as obvious. Sure, HFS+ is held together with bubble gum and paperclips, but how complicated would it be to replace it at this point? There’s a lot still to do but how Apple does it remains a huge question.
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