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Mac OS X 10.7 sees huge upsurge in traffic

updated 08:10 pm EST, Sat January 23, 2010

Pre-release OS X 10.7 circulating widely

Apple's as yet unreleased Mac OS X 10.7 has suddenly been picking up in web traffic in recent days and suggests rapidly advancing testing. After only a relatively small level of traffic late in 2009, numerous web logs in recent days have shown many more systems browsing to sites and identifying themselves as 10.7 in their user agent strings. Most of these continue to come from the 17.x.x.x IP address block associated with Apple's offices, but they are now also coming from outside the company or in other countries.

The burgeoning traffic is likely due to many Apple employees returning from holidays to resume work but, given the surge, also implies that the company reached a significant development milestone that allowed a wider circle of testers to verify the OS. Without even an initial unveiling, 10.7 is far from completion but should be advancing at a quick enough pace to be shown in earnest at WWDC in late June.

Apple has in the past few years made future Mac OS X releases a core component of WWDC and provided advance details for Snow Leopard in both its 2008 and 2009 conferences.

by MacNN Staff





  1. DanielSw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No resting on laurels for Apple!

    I'm so glad I'm not a Windoze user--especially these days.

    I've got a year-old iMac 24" 3.06 GHz dualie which runs Snow Leopard just fine. Love all the new features.

    So what could be in store for 10.7--and what big cat can we expect this time?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: No resting on laurels for Apple!

    So very true! You have to wonder how Apple does it. Massive releases, new "versions" of OS X (iPhone, tablet, Mac), updated software suites, all on a nearly annual basis. Then add innovative hardware design and development that's not just basic rehashes of off the shelf components. Also? And add in a massively successful retail arm.

    All of that with a staff one third of Microsoft's.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone / tablet OS features

    First, a few minor things that will probably find their way into Mac OS X 10.7 from iPhone OS 4.0 and the tablet OS:

    I'd expect 10.7 to include some of the advanced multi-touch gestures from the new tablet device. It's got to have far more than just pinch and swipe. Eventually Apple might be able to get rid of mice entirely. Touchpads aren't just for laptops, you know.

    And I think it's also time to refine the Mac OS X GUI. There are only a few remnants of the "gumdrop" era of 10.0. Maybe it's time to go for more subtle colors and textures in the sliders and buttons, like those in iTunes. I'm getting a little tired of that shiny blue (or graphite) "worm" in things like the Safari scrollbars.

    But those are just minor little details. The major change could be a shift toward tighter integration between applications and their data, like on iPhone OS and presumably like the new tablet device. For example, there might be an optional "no Finder" mode, so total beginners wouldn't need to learn how to navigate from the desktop to folders to files to applications.

    I think the desktop metaphor was a huge help, in its time. But it's still an inconvenience, and although the first Macintosh made all that complexity more intuitive, there's still room for huge improvements in ease-of-use. The desktop metaphor has been done over and over, with precious little improvement in usability in what, 25 years of trying?

    The tablet will lead the way to a new era of more accessible computing, and Mac OS X will need to evolve somewhat to both follow the tablet's trends and to, in a way, validate the concepts behind tablet's new GUI. Of course, Mac OS X will still need to have a "pro" mode for us old-schoolers who need to manipulate files and actually deal with the file system and Finder and all that complexity. Just like there are "pro" and "amateur" apps right now. iMovie vs. Final Cut Pro, for example.

    Oh well, we'll see in a few days and I for one can't wait. Just my 2 cents here.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Long live the true tech Gods!

    If it's not made by Apple, its c***!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My Idea

    I want the interface to be all dark and marble-like. Mac OS 10.7, yeah, that was my idea!

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