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Mac OS X 10.7 gathering speed, given clues in iOS 4

updated 08:25 pm EDT, Fri June 18, 2010

OS X 10.7 hinted at in WWDC releases

Some of the first hints of Mac OS X 10.7 have surfaced in material coming out of WWDC. A component of the iOS 4 gold master, AV Foundation, is ultimately part of the next desktop OS. Some of the sessions at the primarily iOS-oriented event also referenced future developments for 10.7, even if their final goals weren't evident.

John Gruber has also tapped his historically reliable sources and now believes that progress for the new Mac OS X version is "picking up steam." Some of this has been in evidence through web data logs earlier in the year, but the actual state of development hasn't been mentioned in the past.

Both Mac OS X and iOS tend to feed on each other, as APIs or other techniques developed for one are sometimes rolled into the next version of the other. AV Foundation's role isn't known, but it would likely connect to apps like QuickTime.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Whoever wrote this ...

    ... has no idea what he is talking about. The final sentence of the article reads as follows:

    "AV Foundation's role isn't known, but it would likely connect to apps like QuickTime."

    QuickTime is the MacOS X frameworks for time-based media. Virtually every MacOS X application is based on one or more MacOS X frameworks. More profound comments have been written by recent switchers. Perhaps, this one was as well.

  1. Bermy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    yup

    MacNN for quite a while now has needed to stop trawling the local high schools for "news writers". It just gets more obvious every day.

  1. phobos

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    comment title

    Yep I would have to agree.
    Writing is dreadful.
    Most of the times sentences don't make any sense and when they do they're full of grammatical errors. What a shame.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Not wanting to pile on, but...

    what does the article actually say? Hints of 10.7 surfaced at WWDC. Duh, it's a developers conference. Of course 10.7 would be there. What would have been good would have been some clue as to what these hints and clues were. AV Foundation might be part of 10.7. OK what does that do? Why do we think that might be part of 10.7? John Gruber believes 10.7 is picking up steam. Why? For that matter, who is John Gruber? (I know, Daring Fireball. But a well written article would reference that at least in passing).

    My apologies to the writer, but the article really doesn't say anything.

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  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    in defence of article

    This article does serve to confirm what had until now only been rumored, and that is that the next iteration of os x will be popularly called X.7.

    This is presumably to try and tap into the widespread acclaim for the latest version of windows(.7)

    Again another example of Apple trying to cash in on the trail blazed by the innovators from Seattle...

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    More Cisco trouble?

    Gosh, is it not evident by now that iOS is likely going to be OS XI? I doubt that is will be called that though, considering the likelihood, even now, of a trademark battle between Cisco and Apple over the name iOS (Cisco spells it IOS, but they are both operating systems and thus confusion arises in the market place. It is a textbook trademark dispute in the making). It could be possible that iOS will be renamed xOS (or something similar) in the future, and for the desktop and devices code to remerge into a unitary code base by the time that Apple runs out of cats.

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Ios name

    Apple licensed the name from Cisco. No worries.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Text Services et al

    Let's hope Apple isn't forgetting the services many of us use the most: those involving text APIs for applications. They haven't seen much updating since 10.2 and the features little changed since WordStar (early 1980s) and Word circa 1992. Improve them, and dozens of well-used applications will quickly become more powerful.

    1. To better support ebooks. ePub and XML, text services need to support tagged text. 10.7 should support tagging text by its meaning (headings, emphasis, quotes) and not just its appearance. Do it right, and cutting and pasting between applications would get much, much better.

    2. GREP search. Everywhere GREP is added, it delights users with its power. GREP searching ought to not only be built into OS X, it should be well-done, including support for cross-application search templates. (Write a search and replace once, it works in all text apps.) Come on Apple. Most of the code for this is GPLed. Not a lot of work is involved.

    3. Export to ePub should be as easy as export to PDF.

    4. The PDF export list in the Print menu option has grown so long, it needs its own listing in the File menu. Calling it "Digital" or "Digitize" (corresponding to "Print") and adding ePub export would be marvelous. Since people often create more digital content than paper, Apple really needs make it a separate choice. It's also bypass an irritating "feature" added in Snow Leopard. Going to the Print menu to save a PDF wakes up printers.

    5. Perhaps that Digital menu could also include send to iTunes options for PDFs, ePubs, and even text processed into audio for iPhones/iPads with text-to-speech. It's time OS X began to recognize that users have multiple platforms that need to become more friendly.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    this story was not

    really a story. Because it has -- no information at all!

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    well

    The article doesn't say much, but from reading this article, my speculation would be that this AV foundation will be replacing the QuickTime framework.

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