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Lion to bring tweaked iCal, Mail apps

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Thu October 21, 2010

Deeper app changes a mystery

Apple is making at least minor changes to Mail and iCal with Mac OS X Lion, a closer look at current press material is said to show. iCal, AppleInsider notes, is gaining a Year view, in addition to present Day, Week and Month options. Look and layout is now also closer to the iPad's Calendar app, and buttons for flipping pages have been moved away from the view commands to the upper right-hand corner.

Mail is being patterned after iTunes 10, cosmetically, with gray-toned icons and buttons replacing previously colorful ones. Message buttons are now also more rectangular than round, and aligned further to the left in the app window, without text labels beneath them. Any more profound changes have yet to be discovered, whether to Mail, iCal or other integrated Mac OS apps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That sucks!

    Big Time! If Apple insist on that grey theme... Glad to know others are working on alternative email clients.. !

  1. manolosf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why grey scale?

    Why does Apple continue to develop high resolution displays with super vivid color capability, BUT insist on making all it's icons GREY? Why even bother developing displays if you're not going to utilize the color in the display you've just developed?

  1. Atgard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What A Disaster

    The changes to iTunes are bad enough -- just a series of terrible design decisions that make the program much harder to use. Vertical close & resize buttons (the only app on the Mac to do that), getting rid of colors in icons and thereby rendering them useless, etc. It didn't bother me THAT much because I rarely use iTunes anymore: it's become so bloated and its syncing features are so convoluted, I generally avoid it if at all possible. It's so bad, my wife saw mine and refused to update to 10.0, and I'm looking into one of those mods to bring it back to looking like v.9 … but I'm sure that will break something down the line or cause issues with updates.

    But the thought of those terrible interface changes coming to MAIL, a program I use daily? What an abomination.

    Also, please put me down as being unhappy about the general iPhone-ization of my Mac. Touch just isn't that cool on a computer. Who prefers a laptop touchpad to a mouse for everyday use? Anyone?

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Count me in for another one who hates the gray and will switch if they do that to Mail.

    I train all of our new employees on the Macs and the one benefit I show off is the ability to label in the finder. I find this invaluable. I have certain folders and files labeled so I dont have to read all of the file names. look for "red" and click on it. Green? Thats my photography folder (and yea.. I keep a messy desktop)

    When I look at Mail, the same thing applies. White (inbox), orange (junk), Purple (smart folders), etc..

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not to worry

    Not to worry, I think in this case they're actually changing the buttons for the better, looks like Mail is more closely going to look like Safari, which is good because the current look doesn't make a lick of sense.

    That said they should just let the UI designer for iWork have full run over the entire OS, they seem to be the only one who remembers what a Mac's supposed to work like.

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