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Job listing hints at 'revolutionary' Mac OS X 10.7 feature

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2010

Suggests major overhaul

Apple is working on a "revolutionary" feature for Mac OS X, a new job listing claims. The company is hiring a software engineer for its Santa Clara Valley offices, who must be experienced with Mac, Objective-C and Unix development. "We are looking for a senior software engineer to help us create a revolutionary new feature in the very foundations of Mac OS X," the listing mentions. "We have something truly revolutionary and really exciting in progress and it is going to require your most creative and focused efforts ever."

Few clues exist as to what the feature might be. Because the listing refers to the "very foundations" of Mac OS X, it's likely to be associated with Mac OS X 10.7, rather than a Snow Leopard update. The web also appears to be involved. "An exceptional candidate will also have up close and personal experience with the HTTP protocol as well as other protocols layered atop it, have participated in or lead the architecture of large web scale systems, have shipped multiple 'platforms' for use by millions of users," one paragraph mentions.

The first details of v10.7 may not be revealed until next year. Rumors have in fact hinted that Apple delayed the OS to concentrate on iOS 4, which was launched in mid-June in advance of the iPhone 4. The company has yet to release an iPad version of iOS 4, which -- if the rumor is accurate -- could mean that full development resources will not be in place until the fall. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. AndrewEWilson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New filing system maybe?

    Wasn't there originally talk of a new filing system when 10.6 was first mooted, and wouldn't a new filing system need to treat 'cloud' [web-based] files as equal to local files? Surely that would be the "very foundations" of Mac OS X.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iOS Apps in Dashboard

    You read it here first. ;-)

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The most revolutionary thing...

    ...would be a Finder that supports merging folders, instead of just replacing the folders. It's unthinkable that a modern OS would create a situation where a user can copy an empty folder on top of one with thousands of files and with the click of a button delete the entire folder and its contents, irretrievably. And never once ask if you want to merge the contents.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multi-touch, new iMacs + Cinema Displays

    Who knows.. but my first instinct would be multi-touch implementation, followed by a refreshed line of iMacs and Cinema Displays.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What would it take to run iOS apps natively in an

    Intel Mac? Would it involve putting a ARM processor in a Mac or creating some really fast virtual machine. I think running iOS apps could be very useful on a Mac with that Magic Trackpad.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash for Mac?

    That's revolutionary.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    I've been saying iOS apps in the dashboard for a while, and all it would take would either be fat binaries (universal) or emulation. Fat binaries make the most sense by far, I can't imagine it would be much work for Apple to work out. At least compared to some other features.

    My guess is though that this big feature will be a universal sync feature where it doesn't matter if you're on your iMac, your MacBook or your iPad or iPhone, your data is your data and it's accessible transparently from all your devices and kept in sync without you having to consider how it's happening.

    Could also be a Finder App store, though I don't know why they'd need to hire someone new for that.

    My guess would be that they could also be trying to take on Chrome OS by helping to create hybrid desktop web apps. IE web apps that have their own dock icons, not unlike many iPhone apps where the app is just a shell for displaying content from an online source.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not revolutionary

    Running an app for another platform is not revolutionary. It's been done before, just not with iOS apps.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Job listings

    These job listings are purely there to make Microsoft nervous.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What part of "A newer item named “test folder 1” already exists in this location. Do you want to replace it with the older one you’re moving?" is hard to understand? If you want to merge, copy the stuff in one folder INTO the other. Wow, hard.

    If your folder contains other folders, it is hard and time consuming.

    But I've been using Macs for 25 years; I can see how someone used to the (odd) Windows merge behavior wouldn't like the Mac OS behavior.

    Yes, that 'odd' behavior that seems to work so well for most people.

    BTW, the reason one wants a "merge" capability is so they can update a folder with the latest version of a folder without having to necessarily copy the entire contents over again, just the new/modified stuff. Yeah, but why would you want to save time like that when you can just copy 20 GB over a network or onto a disk, right?

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