Mac OS X v10.7 predictions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by artguy10, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. artguy10 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Predictions for Mac OS X v10.7, assuming we don't see Mac OS XI announced next year.

    Name: Lion, Lynx, Cougar, or Clouded Leopard

    Do you see a visual trend here that reflects actual OS improvements?:
    First box brings major new features, second box improves. Third box brings major new features, fourth box improves. Fifth box brings major new features, sixth box improves. So I'm guessing the seventh box will bring major new features! :cool:

    Special feature speculation:
    *Unparalleled security thanks to the work by Ivan Krstic
    *Facial recognition for security and a more involved user experience
    *Blu ray support
    *Significantly improved speech recognition to allow more accurate and further-reaching voice control of the computer
    *Some major kind of new feature for the desktop, like visually storing groups of windows on the side maybe rather than minimized to the dock
    *Boot Camp that lets both OSes be powered on, but one would be sleeping at a time, so you can instantly switch between them without waiting, while getting full hardware support, kind of like account switching is now
    *Full support of NTFS and default usage of ZFS
    *Windows compatibility layer
    *Hulu integration with Front Row
    *3G wireless cell network internet access
    *iChat that can work with all kinds of different accounts, like Adium, but actually works well with video, and phone out/in calls
    *Desktop spaces with unique customizable docks and backgrounds per space
    *Calculator integration with Grapher
    *More integration of dictionary, iCal and Address book throughout all apps, including Firefox and web apps like Google Docs and Google Calender
    *Ability to integrate with and control future home security/climate/entertainment systems

    Anything else totally awesome you think we might possibly get for 10.7? Do tell!
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I'm hoping for a name like Tabby, Calico, or Siamese.

    I think Blue Ray can happen, if Jobs changes his views on the licensing. I think 3G support is likely. An Air with built in 3G would be sweet. I'm not so sure about the third party software support. Both Apple and MS seem wary of having built in third party software. That way, they don't have to support it, and can push issues to the software maker.
  3. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    Seriously. 10.6 hasn't even been released yet, and people are already wanting 10.7:confused:

  4. artguy10 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    We already know about 10.6... Now it's fun to speculate about 10.7!
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    black panther

    its obvious that this is the first os change by apple since you have been a member here lol

    happens with each one
  6. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I think it will be:

    OS X 10.7 "Garfield". He is a big cat after all. But thats just me.
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I just wonder how long they can keep this up. I want to see OS X 10.10.10.

    Maybe with OS XI they can use rock band names. Mac OS XI: Spinal Tap. "This OS goes to 11!"
  8. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    10.7 Wishlist

    Ok folks we're on 2 year OS cycles and 10.6 was primarily optimization so Apple needs to start discussions about 10.7 a year from now at WWDC 2010. 10.7 is going to be a full featured release so it's full pop at $129 so it has to have new features.

    1. New user interface

    Apple will finally update the UI. They will attempt to replace most of the icons and widgets with scalable formats to reduce the amount of distinct files. The UI will have a nice and polished look. Is it Marble? Who knows? But it does lead to the next feature.

    2. Resolution Independence

    The UI will scale up or down depending on your preference. If you have a 30" monitor running at 25k x 16k you will no longer have to suffer through nano sized text. Graphics will stay sharp at a wide dynamic range of sizes.

    3. Global Metadata

    Did you like the work you did to input keywords in iPhoto or Aperture? Did you wish you could extend those keywords to 3rd party apps or use the Media Browser to search for files based on keyword. Global Metadata is going to allow you to input your own custom data that will be searchable system wide and will be searchable over a network. The race to the flattest folder structure is on.

    4. New filesystem

    Apple is either going to replace HFS+ with ZFS or miraculously come up with their own homegrown solution. It'll be fully buzzword compliant with snapshops, modern volume management and variable block size with compression and have clever hooks into the system. It'll be optimized for SSD.

    5 Improved notification and Software Update

    Not only will Apple feature a new notification system like Growl but they will tie this into Software Update which will finally enable support for 3rd party applications. So basically you will be able to coalesce system and 3rd party updates and download and install in a batch. The nifty part is that say a 3rd party app totally craps out on you have snapshots and can simply "roll back" to the last good version of that app. Apple will also get rid of the need for "helper" apps running and eating up memory and CPU resources. Much like the iPhone there will be a notifcation system that apps tie into reducing the need for apps to run "helper" apps constantly. Instead the app will listen to the notification server and will respond to requests for its services and launch the app or service appropriately.
  9. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    No, it will probably be Mac OH!SX (3OH!3)
  10. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    I sure hope they include PPC support. It'll piss me off if I go out and buy a new PowerBook G5 only to find out it's not supported by 10.7.
  11. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    What I would love to see is 10.7 Server to include whatever Apple's answer to Microsoft Exchange will be.

    ZFS (or maybe BtrFS) as the standard File System.

    Better multitouch support.

    Some changes to the interface and, of course, increased snappiness.
  12. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Save the increased snappiness for 10.8! :p
  13. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I also noticed something. every 2 revisions there was a new interface.
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    wow resolution independence has been a rumor back when tiger was around
  15. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Gotta second the OP's request for improved Speech Recognition.

    I've used recent versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and I was actually impressed with how accurate it was especially after a week of installing custom words.

    The killer feature there is linking voice commands to Macros. Now imagine Apple allowing you to link to Applescript and Automator actions. Powerful.

    Baremetal Virtualization-

    Bootcamp is nice but let me run OS X , Windows and Linux etc on top of something like a low rent ESX.
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    ZFS boot standard across user and server versions.
    Blu Ray support (personally don't care but it needs to be done).
    Much better Windows support and compatibility in businesses.
    iChat to support MSN, Skype plus HD 720p video chat.
    New release of iTunes built from the ground up.
    Make sure every single app that ships with OS X is Cocoa, 64 bit and fully optimized to take advantage of Grand Central and OpenCL.
    Pay Nvidia and ATI a shed load of cash and get some decent graphics drivers.
  17. mynameisraj macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2008
    Boulder, Colorado
    If I had to *wish* for one thing it would be vector graphics…*as in the entire system ui is vector. Doubt it will ever happen…

    Oh, and probably core 2 duo only.
  18. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    I like the name Cougar.. it will be a much older/newer version of OS X looking to grab hold of a some new younger users! :D
  19. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
  20. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    not so much prediction as wish: make UI as pretty and consistent as early versions of OS X were, simplify with apple elegance, get rid of minimized windows in the dock, make it all part of dock expose somehow
  21. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    Mac OS 10.7 Marbled Cat - goes with the idea that a new UI code named 'Marble' may be being developed. ;)

  22. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
  23. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Yes, yes, yes.:cool::cool::cool: The WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointing-device) interface is so outdated.:p I already talk to my computer; it'd be nice if it understood what I said.:D
  24. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    Why do I have this feeling that MacOS X 10.6 may be the last major development of the MacOS X line?

    I (in my humble opinion!) wouldn't be surprised that Apple will announce the before the end of 2009 the development of MacOS XI 11.0, the first major OS architectural change in the MacOS design since the original MacOS X 10.0 with full ZFS support and the "Marble" interface standard. With beta kits becoming available to developers by WWDC in June 2010....
  25. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Kinda reminds me of the ability to completely trash your computer quickly by saying something. Wasn't there a conference where a member in the audience shouted a psuedocommand to show the potential problems of catching things as commands that weren't intended to be actioned?

    Anyways - as for 10.7 - If Snow Leopard doesn't get it -
    ARM support
    Then tablet support - the ability to use the OS through a touch only system.
    Wish they'd got zcam (project Natal) but we'll see.
    Ability to link to wireless hardware accessories that link to iPhone apps, to basically run iPhone apps on your Mac.
    Pseudo 3D support maybe for AppleTV
    Work on using GPUs
    Better integration between iPhone and Mac (apps, remote control, syncing, etc etc).
    As mentioned - sensors - like home security or whatever the predominate snesosr system prevails.

    (Just wondering - could you hack an automateor voice control? If you could get your speakers output to be picked up by the mic, and basically train the voice recognition software to recognise the built in voices.... build an automation of command to voice to coive recognition to doing what command was input?)

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