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OS X 10.10 to Feature 'Flatter' Look, but Not as Stark as iOS 7

os_x_black_xOS X 10.10, the next version of OS X which carries the code name of "Syrah", will take a few cues from iOS 7 with a somewhat flatter look compared to OS X Mavericks, but the changes will not result in as stark a look as seen on iOS 7, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The report comes on the heels of comments from Apple executives reiterating that convergence of iOS and OS X is a "non-goal" for the company.
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 indicates that internal build numbers for OS X 10.10 are currently around 14Z109 and that new features could include improved notifications, cross-platform AirDrop support to and from iOS 8, and possible Siri integration.

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Visitors to MacRumors.com via Apple's networks from machines running OS X 10.10

MacRumors has been seeing fairly low levels of activity coming from machines running OS X 10.10 from Apple's network, and that activity has unsurprisingly been beginning to ramp up this month following the holiday break. With Apple having accelerated its OS X release cycles over the past several major updates, a public release for OS X 10.10 could come late this year or early next year.

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12 months ago
UGH!!!


Enough of this "Flat" ugliness already!!!!
Rating: 81 Votes
12 months ago

Whenever I see 10.10 I cringe, 10.10=10.1

Software version numbers is NOT the same as decimal numbers.
Rating: 73 Votes
12 months ago
I really love the direction Apple goes with flatness, but they need to take it further. Removing boarders from buttons and just leaving text is a good start, but this should be applied to every aspect of the phone. The icons got simpler, so to make them as simple as possible, remove them completely. The entire GUI should be stripped, leaving something like this:



Ahhh, the epitome of flatness. :rolleyes:
Rating: 62 Votes
12 months ago
Please... no...
Rating: 42 Votes
12 months ago

Whenever I see 10.10 I cringe, 10.10=10.1


It's not a decimal. Does 10.9.1 make you cringe?
Rating: 34 Votes
12 months ago
Whenever I see 10.10 I cringe, 10.10=10.1
Rating: 28 Votes
12 months ago
Bring it on.

Now how about a new file system? HFS+ is long in the tooth compared to newer ones being developed.
Rating: 24 Votes
12 months ago
I would like them to focus on reliability and making the OS more efficient. I can't stand how much of a resource hog OSX has become.
Rating: 22 Votes
12 months ago
Got a screenshot from the beta:

Rating: 20 Votes
12 months ago

UGH!!!


Enough of this "Flat" ugliness already!!!!


I completely agree. I think that the "flat" look in operating systems is akin to regrettable fashion trends like capri pants and bell bottoms.
Rating: 18 Votes

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