9 to 5 Mac reports that version 10.10 of OS X will take the main stage at Apple’s yearly developer conference with a larger presence than iOS 8. Supposedly Apple is putting so much emphasis into OS X that it is pulling iOS user interface resources to work on its desktop operating system.
OS X will reportedly adopt iOS 7′s toggle design to clearly define highlighted icons and windows. Rather than applications having rounded window panels we could also see sharper shapes and even more white space to make the operating system look a bit less crowded.
Distinct operating systems
That’s not to say 10.10 will simply fall into line with Apple’s mobile design aesthetic. Finder, multi-window multi-tasking, Mission Control, and OS X’s other desktop elements won’t be disappearing.
Supposedly Apple is keen on keeping iOS and OS X as very separate entities. We could see the new operating system launch this fall with a new line of hardware to go with it as Apple typically does.
Thus far, we’ve heard rumors of a 12-inch MacBook without any extra designations like Air or Pro attached.
The last bit of mystery behind version 10.10 is what the OS’ final name will be. Internally the new version of OS X has been passed around as "Syrah" and Apple has been picking up new trademarks including Mammoth and Diablo.
Given that Apple named the last version of its desktop operating system after the Mavericks, a famous Californian surfing location, we wouldn’t put it past the Cupertino company to christen version 10.10 as "Yosemite."
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