Mac OS X 10.10 to be flatter, but not an overhaul

New-iMacThe next version of Mac OS X, numbered 10.10 and codenamed Syrah, is said to be taking a few design cues from iOS 7. We’ve known this for a while, but a new report from 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman says that the design changes will not be as stark as those seen in iOS 7. The report comes in response to recent comments made by Apple execs making clear that merging the two operating systems would be a “waste of energy.” Hit the break.

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Instead [of a complete iOS 7-like overhaul], I am expecting OS X 10.10 to have user-interface tweaks that will make the interface “flatter,” but not as stark as iOS 7′s look. I’d also expect some blur and translucency effects in a few places, but not in anyway that is central to the experience like it is on iOS. There will be a little bit more white space, more defined menu bars, and squared-off window controls, but I would not expect a full color palette change and redesigns for every single application and icon.

The report covers a wide variety of insight (that, in Gurman’s case, can be assumed to be accurate), including mentions of new features potentially including improved system notifications, cross-platform AirDrop support between 10.10 and iOS 8, and the possible inclusion of Apple’s famed virtual assistant, Siri.

Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you think Apple should move 10.10 to look more like iOS 7, or keep its traditional style? What features are you waiting for in Apple’s next Mac OS X release?


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