The Apple fan boys are frothing at the mouth. The famously-secretive computer company has announced a press event for Wednesday (October 20th) but not what they’ll actually be discussing.
But that doesn’t stop the rampant speculation. Mainly based on the design of the invitation.
For those of you not au fait with all things Apple, every version of the Mac’s operating system (think Windows but, it goes without saying, infinitely superior) is named after a big cat. From OS X 10.0 Cheetah, through Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5) and, the latest version, Snow Leopard (10.6).
So, a picture of a Lion on the front leads one to the obvious conclusion that 10.7 is not only to be nicknamed Lion but is also the focus of next week’s event.
Now, leaving aside the likely polish and brush-up every version of OS X receives, making it look slicker and prettier than its predecessor – I have to wonder exactly what Apple can do next with its operating system?
What features do we “need” that aren’t already provided to us? Is there a risk of bloat (adding features for their own sake without any apparent requirement for them) ? Or is there something “big” that will revolutionise the way we use our computers?
There are a couple of, well, seemingly-dull things I expect to appear in Lion. The kind of stuff that at first glance appears only to be of interest to the geeks but, when actually put into use, provides everyday users with a better experience. Let’s deal with them first.
Now for the sexy stuff.
My oft-repeated mantra remains true: it’s not technology that I enjoy but the possibilities it creates.
If a new and exciting “thing” in my Mac allows me to do something I couldn’t do before – or it allows me to do it quicker, easier or better – then I’m all for it. And, well, if I’m going to spend 10 hours a day staring at something, it doesn’t hurt if it’s easy on the eye also.
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