We're in a lull, people. It's not technically winter anymore, though on some days looking outside, we'd be hard pressed to say it's spring. Cold drizzly rain traps us inside with our gear and our gadgets, but the iPad 2 is weeks old already (le sigh) and there's no new Apple hardware on the horizon. Heck, we aren't even into "heated rumor" season yet. We're just...in a lull. So while we rest and recuperate, let's have a gander at what's upcoming, what's just been released, and what's in development, in case you missed it.
There have been some curious rumors lately that Apple plans to rush out a gold master for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, despite many developers complaining of bugs in need of squashing. Cupertino just pushed out a second beta of the next Mac OS X to hopefully alleviate some of their suffering.
Since last October’s Back to the Mac event, official news about Lion, Apple’s iOS-inspired update to OS X, has been as scarce as white iPhones. But with Lion’s summer release rapidly approaching, Cupertino has begun pulling back the curtain on what’s sure to be the biggest update to hit our favorite operating system in years.
With the international release of the iPad 2 well underway, thoughts are beginning to turn to what Apple could possibly have up its sleeves next. One product that we know of already is the public release of OS X Lion in the early part of this summer. If a new rumor is to be believed, it would appear that Apple should have no troubles meeting this deadline, as it appears the latest and greatest OS X could already be nearing "Golden Master" status.
We’re already two months into 2011 and nary a word has been heard from Apple regarding Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the next major version of the operating system which the company plans to ship this summer. If rumors are to be believed, the new iOS-inspired Lion could soon be seeding to developers, complete with an overhaul of the user interface.
When Apple demoed Lion, the next major version of Mac OS X, at a press event in October, we all oohed and ahhed over the first four features Steve Jobs and Co. told us about. The Mac App Store, Mission Control, Launch Pad, and full-screen application views all look very cool--so cool that we got a little bummed that we’d have to wait until Lion’s launch in summer 2011 to get them on our Macs. But with just a few application add-ons, you can give your current install of Snow Leopard some of the same teeth as Lion.
It looks like sometimes simple could very well be better. A new Apple patent has revealed that the company could be looking into a new graphical UI that would allow for devices that are running either Mac OS X or iOS to be able to cut down on toolbars and menus, thus reducing some of that pesky screen clutter.
If you prefer the laptop experience on your desktop or perhaps you use a Mac mini as your home theatre computer, then BulletTrain has a new release just for you -- it’s unibody aluminum platform to combine your wireless keyboard and Magic Trackpad.
Apple is used to the tech media revealing new features of its forthcoming products, but on Wednesday, the company inadvertently provided a leak of their own during their “Back to the Mac” event -- a new scroll bar user interface for next year’s Mac OS X Lion 10.7.