A report claims that Apple will greatly focus on the changes and improvements it has made in the next major update of OS X at this year’s WWDC.
The next OS X update is expected to bring major changes so much so that Apple is reportedly going to devote most of its keynote at WWDC talking about it, opting to give less time to iOS 8 than previously expected. WWDC or Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual event where Apple makes major software announcements.
A new report from 9to5mac claims that Apple has plucked talent from the iOS user interface team and has tasked it to work on the OS X team instead just so its ready for the WWDC 2014 unveil. OS X 10.10 is reportedly going to be completely redesigned just like iOS 7 brought an entirely new look, feel and user interface for Apple’s mobile platform.
It is unclear right now what Apple plans on calling the next major OS X update. Last year it switched from naming the releases after big cats to adopting monikers inspired by California, where Apple is based and where it creates all of its software. According to the report, apart from an entirely different look and feel, OS X 10.10 may have more white space than OS X Mavericks, more defined system icons, sharper window corners and toggle designs similar to iOS 7. Apple may very well introduce some new features as well but not much is known about that at this point in time.
This certainly doesn’t mean that Apple will forget about iOS 8. However it is not expected to be as big an update as iOS 7 was. Rumor has it that some of the major features that were supposed to debut with iOS 8 may now have been pushed back to iOS 8.1 due to the company’s focus on OS X 10.10. Apple’s next major mobile platform update is expected to bring several new features related to mobile health tracking. It is also expected to bring some new and update existing native applications.
Whatever Apple announces at WWDC 2014, which kicks off in the first week of June, will not be publicly released until fall. There is always a lengthy developer preview period starting from the announcement till the actual public release, nevertheless we’ll certainly get a glimpse of what the future holds for both iOS and OS X.