[RUMOUR] Major Mac OS X revamp at WWDC

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Your Name, May 6, 2014.

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    Your Name Guest

    From PCAuthority.com.au ...

    Major Mac OS X revamp could be unveiled next month
    June's WWDC event to see unveiling of OS X Syrah with
    "end-to-end" redesign, says report.

    Apple has big plans for OS X, according to a new report
    ­ and we're going to learn much more about them at next
    month Worldwide Developers Conference.

    9to5Mac claims that WWDC will see the unveiling of a
    revamped Mac operating system, with the jump from the
    current OS X Mavericks to OS X Syrah (as it's reportedly
    codenamed) being similar to that of iOS 6 to iOS 7.

    The report calls it an "end-to-end" redesign, with some
    features inspired by iOS 7: similar toggle designs,
    sharper window corners, more white space, "more defined
    icons across the system". However, it says that Apple
    isn't ready to ditch OS X staples like Finder, Mission
    Control and multi-window multitasking just yet, so OS X
    will remain distinct from its mobile counterpart.

    The codename "Syrah" comes from a Californian wine, by
    the way. The trend of nods towards Apple's home state
    began with OS X Mavericks, and will reportedly continue
    with new versions of the desktop OS for the foreseeable
    future: other terms for California landmarks like
    Diablo, Mammoth and Yosemite have been trademarked by
    the company, and it's possible that one of these could
    end up being the final name for Mac OS 10.10. All will
    doubtless be revealed at WWDC, which begins on 2nd June.


    iOS 7 is P-I-G U-G-L-Y and boring (not to mention nearly unusable in
    places)!! It simply proves Johnny Ives knows very little about user
    interface design. Mac OS X should never go down that silly "flat"
    route. :-(
    Your Name, May 6, 2014
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    JF Mezei Guest

    Are there still those fanbois who deny "Back to Mac" was all about
    making OS-X more and mroe like IOS ?
    Yeah, the "just yet" is the key here.

    Apple should have learned from lack of adoption of new Windows after XP,
    and how many people chose to stay with the last "pre back to Mac"
    version: Snow Leopard.

    Yet, they insist on pushing forwards with undesirable features and now,
    wanting OS-X to look and feel like early 1990s Lynx browser.

    I have to wonder what will happen to Jonny Ive and how it will happen. A
    coup like what they did to Steve Jobs in 1980s ? Early retirement offer ?
    JF Mezei, May 6, 2014
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    Your Name Guest

    Stick him in a locked room with a 3D printer and let him print 3D
    "design" objects to his heart's content, but keep him well away from
    the software side.
    Your Name, May 6, 2014
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    JF Mezei Guest

    Tim Cook has been doing the exact opposite, expanding the field of power
    given to Ive and handing him the keys to the company. It appears he is
    to be the new Steve Jobs who has to approve everything that has anything
    to do with design.

    That is why I have to wonder how this will end.

    BTW, anyone know how to get the AppStore/Software Upgrade to stop
    nagging me about Mavericks upgrade ?
    JF Mezei, May 6, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    In message <060520141400503240%>
    Syrah is an internal code name. 10.10 is *not* named Syrah.
    WOW! Big news! No one saw that coming for the last 12 months!
    God god, what a load of utter shit.

    First of all, the wine code names for OS X have been used for a long
    time for the internal builds. Second of all, the wine names have nothing
    to do with 1) California 2) Mavericks.
    Well, ugly is a matter of opinion, though I disagree. Unusable,
    however, is not. There you are full of shit. Again. Still.
    Compared to whom?
    Don't upgrade.

    Sometimes the gods have no taste at all. They allow sunrises and sunsets
    in ridiculous pink and blue hues that any professional artist would
    dismiss as the work of some enthusiastic amateur who'd never looked at a
    real sunset. This was one of those sunrises. It was the kind of sunrise
    a man looks at and says, 'No real sunrise could paint the sky Surgical
    Appliance Pink.' Nevertheless, it was beautiful. --The Thief of Time
    Lewis, May 6, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    Apple knows EXACTLY how many people have stayed on Snow Leopard.

    The fact is, the *vast* majority of users who could upgrade to Mavericks
    Lewis, May 6, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    Install it.
    Lewis, May 6, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    Send feedback to Apple complaining about it and request a way to stop
    the notifications. Make sure you give a well reasoned argument why you
    don't want to upgrade to Mavericks.


    Better still, file a bug report.

    In the meantime, on Snow Leopard and Lion you can use Little Snitch to
    block "Noticeboard" from communicating with Apple's servers. It was
    added to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CommerceKit.framework by the
    recent "Mac App Store Update 1.0" (among other changes).

    There may be other ways to block this app, e.g. by modifying
    /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.noticeboard.plist so that it
    doesn't run automatically every 6 hours.

    See here for background:


    A different solution would be needed for Mountain Lion users (or
    Mavericks users in future) to block these sorts of notices, since these
    OS X versions have Notification Centre, and will be using a different
    mechanism to fetch the notices. Possibly "maspushagent" in the same
    CommerceKit.framework, as I don't see that one on Snow Leopard.

    A question for anyone who has an older Intel Mac model which is not
    supported by Mavericks (therefore is limited to Snow Leopard or Lion):
    are you getting the regular notification about Mavericks?

    I'm aware that App Store shows the advert for Mavericks on its Updates
    tab whether or not that Mac is able to run Mavericks, but I haven't had
    long enough with to an older model to test whether the regular
    notification is also appearing.
    David Empson, May 6, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    I get the banner in the MAS app on my 10.7 machine that cannot install
    10.8 or 10.9, but I've never seen a notification on any machine about
    Lewis, May 6, 2014
  10. This "end-to-end" redesign sounds largely cosmetic!
    Travis Bickle, May 6, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    Thanks. That is what I hoped would be the case.
    David Empson, May 7, 2014
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    Davoud Guest

    Your Name:
    Bzzzzt! I hate to bust anybody's pretentious ass, but the word "Syrah"
    comes to English from French, who got it from the Persian "Shiraz," the
    likely origin of the grape that produces Shiraz/Syrah-type wines.
    Davoud, May 7, 2014
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    D.F. Manno Guest

    Not on the MacBook limited to Lion nor the iMac that can run Mavericks.
    D.F. Manno, May 9, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    If your iMac is running Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion, and has all
    software updates installed (particularly "Mac App Store Update 1.0"),
    and you haven't done anything to block the connection to Apple's servers
    which are used to fetch this notification, then I would expect the iMac
    to be displaying the notice regularly.
    David Empson, May 10, 2014
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    D.F. Manno Guest

    It is.
    It does.
    I haven't.
    It isn't.
    D.F. Manno, May 10, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    Curious. Everyone else in that situation seems to be complaining about
    the regular reminders to upgrade to Mavericks. I wonder what makes your
    system special so you aren't getting them.
    David Empson, May 11, 2014
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    JF Mezei Guest

    These reminders came with the last update to the App Store application
    on Snow Leopard. I suspect it was the only goal of that update: annoy
    users with the mavericks warnings.

    Interestingly, when the warning pops up, there is no App Store
    application running.
    JF Mezei, May 11, 2014
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    David Empson Guest

    As I noted up-thread, it is a general purpose "Noticeboard" tool which
    Apple added to the private framework CommerceKit on Macs which don't
    have Notification Centre but do have App Store (i.e. Snow Leopard and
    Lion). It runs automatically every six hours. I expect its purpose is a
    MAS-specific notification scheme which is similar in appearance to
    notices displayed by Notification Centre in later systems.

    On Mountain Lion and later, App Store presents notifications about
    available updates. It appears Apple hasn't implemented that feature (via
    Noticeboard) on Snow Leopard and Lion, and so far have only used it to
    display regular reminders about upgrading to Mavericks.

    The details from Lewis suggest that it doesn't display the upgrade
    notice on Macs which aren't able to upgrade to Mavericks, but D.F. Manno
    has one case of a Mac which isn't displaying it even though it could
    upgrade to Mavericks. I'd like more data to better understand the
    pattern or why there might be exceptions.

    From when I recall seeing the notices, they didn't come up every six
    hours, so the mechanism probably remembers when it last displayed the
    notice and delays until until a reasonable time has passed, e.g. by
    keeping a file on each computer noting when it was displayed.

    I expect the message itself is fetched from Apple's servers rather than
    being built into the framework (I can't see text in its resources), and
    the decision about when to display the message is probably also made on
    Apple's servers, therefore they won't appear on a Mac which has no
    Internet connection (or if Noticeboard is blocked from accessing Apple's
    servers, e.g. using Little Snitch, as noted by people in the Apple
    Discussions thread I cited earlier).
    That's not interesting. Many features of App Store are implemented by
    background services: checking for available app updates (which are shown
    on the App Store dock icon), downloading and installing apps. Most or
    all of this is handled by the "storeagent" daemon, with the App Store
    application just supplying the user interface.
    David Empson, May 12, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    It's not special. My 10.7 laptop has never displayed a notification for
    updating to Mavericks that I can recall.
    Lewis, May 12, 2014
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    Patty Winter Guest

    Mid-2011 iMac (just before iMacs started shipping with Lion), 10.6.8,
    I've seen the notice 2-3 times in the past few weeks.

    Patty Winter, May 12, 2014
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