Binary Bakery - We make pretty awesome Mac apps. Mac Menu Bar Item Control. Live from Apple's 'Back to the Mac' event. What to Expect in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. @s8ist: Between Leopard and Snow Leopard they've changed all the important stuff under the hood.
A few bug fixes and a huge update to the UI is exactly where they should go next. I'll bite: what would you like to see that'd be a drastic change/improvement? Or are you merely into change for the sake of change (which, frankly, is what I see Microsoft's move to Ribbonize everything as). I'd like to see Apple's implementation of Spaces improved, iTunes needs to be burned to the ground and rewritten (and what the hell is up with their awful "Genius" algorithm?) , but I have no crying needs for OS improvement. And Win7 was only such a massive improvement b/c XP was some 9 years old at the time. Despite my criticism of them, first and foremost I like Apple's products, but a few suggestions here and there. Actually, since you point out the MS ribbon, I see Apple's move to have Lion mimic iPad's UI to be similarly gimmicky. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: "Mac OS X meets the iPad" During today's media event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave the first sneak peek at the eighth major version of Mac OS X.
Codenamed "Lion," Jobs said that the new version will bring new features and innovations developed for its iOS mobile operating system. In particular, Jobs highlighted several features that Mac OS X 10.7 would incorporate from iOS: multitouch gestures, an app store, an app home screen, full-screen apps, auto save, and auto resume on launch. This should give both developers and users some idea of what to expect when Lion ships next summer. Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS. High performance access to file storage Updated Steve Jobs announced today what he suggested was a marriage of iOS with Mac OSX.
Say Hello To The Mac App Store: Like The iOS App Store, But For Your Mac. There will be a Mac App Store in Mac OS X Lion.
It will be much the same as the current App Store found in iOS devices. It will open in 90 days. 70/30: Apple’s Magic Moneymaking Machine. Folks who just watched the Apple event will note something strange: Jobs announced OS X Lion, saying it would arrive in the Summer of 2011.
But, he said, he wanted us to have a little gift. It’s called the Apple App Store for laptops and desktops and it’s how lots of people – especially Apple – will start printing money. Back in the old days, if you wanted to sell an Apple app you had to make a really good app, make a really good website, and have John Gruber or Merlin Mann link to it. You waited, hoped people bought the app, and iterated the applications over and over, giving updates out for free. It was a hit-or-miss affair.
Suddenly you had a quasi-curated, easy-to-use, one-click system for downloading applications. But what it also does is allow users to press a button and get a receipt. I’m also worried that this means arbitrary app rejections but I doubt this will happen on the desktop. Mozilla Director Says Apple Trying to "Bypass the Web" As we noted earlier this morning, Apple's Mac Store guidelines have been revealed, including the long list of apps Apple plans to reject.
While some developers will jump at the chance for exposure a Mac App Store provides, not everyone in the industry is happy about the news - least of all, Mozilla Firefox chief Mike Beltzner. For him, Apple's version of a desktop-based Mac App Store is especially disturbing. In fact, Beltzner accused Apple as attempting to "bypass the Web" altogether. After hearing Steve Jobs speak at the press conference, Beltzner tweeted, "I wonder when Apple will stop shipping Safari. Mac App Store: What Do Apple’s A-List Developers Think? So there’s going to be an App Store for the Mac, just like the App Store we’re all used to on iOS.
What do OS X developers think of this? I got in touch with a bunch of devs to ask them what they make of it. Many of them are still reading through the official documentation, and some of the questions they ask below may well be answered there. But here are some of their very first impressions… Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire: I’m partly excited and partly worried. Mac App Store: More Developer Reaction. Yesterday we posted some first impressions of the Mac App Store by a list of some of the finest software developers around.
Overnight we’ve had more responses from more superb developers, so here for your reading pleasure are their initial thoughts about the Store and what it means for their business. Overall the mood is positive, but uncertain. Tread Lightly When Embracing The Mac App Store. Is there really any doubt the Mac App Store will be anything other than a huge hit when it debuts in 90 days?
Seven billion downloads on the current App Store would suggest that Apple knows what it’s doing (and that people really love to slingshot cartoon birds into buildings). And the benefits of the App Store are clear: it’s an easy-to-use, one-stop source of safe, tested software. Usually. Maybe not all of that software is worth your time—how many fart Apps do you really need? —but the platform itself is sound, and Apple is keen to make sure it stays that way. But is that scenario ideal when it comes to desktop operating systems? Under The Microscope » Blog Archive » Quick Thoughts on the Mac App Store. After more than two years of the App Store on iOS, Apple has finally decided to bring an App Store to the Mac as well.
It’s certainly not unexpected, but for many developers, it’s an idea which has sparked feelings of both excitement and dread. The App Store on iOS has been phenomenally successful for Apple, for users, and for some developers. From The Hip — The Times They Are a-Changin' Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell? Originally published in the gdgt... Might The Mac App Store Lead To A New Class Of Micro-Apps? This weekend, Ryan Block put up an interesting post on gdgt entitled: Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell? He raises a number of good points for why Apple may not be able to replicate their current App Store success with this new desktop store. With OS X Lion, It’s No Longer Point & Click, It’s Flick & Swipe. It feels like we’re on the verge of something — “feel” being the keyword.
Personal computing has more or less been the same for a few decades now. It’s the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, and the machine. With things like notebook computers, this has been altered a bit, but it’s the same basic idea. But with the rise of smartphones and now tablets, the whole concept is finally starting evolve. And it looks like OS X Lion will be a key to this transition. MacBook Air (11.6-inch) first hands-on! MacBook Air (13-inch) first hands-on! We just spent some quality time with the new 13-inch MacBook Air, and it certainly seems like a worthy upgrade. It definitely feels significantly bigger than the 11-incher, and we noticed the function keys are standard MacBook size, as opposed to the shrunken ones on the 11. We also noticed that it was seriously instant-on -- we popped the lid open and closed several times while taking photos, and it was ready to go the second we opened it. We'll have more impressions and pics in a few, stay tuned!
Hands on with the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air. We got some hands-on time with the new 13.3" and 11.6" MacBook Airs following Apple's "Back to the Mac" event. Both devices are incredibly thin and light, but the 11.6" version stole the show. The machine is practically netbook-sized (but don't tell Steve Jobs or Tim Cook we said that, as they seem to have a seething hatred for netbooks), but has a full-sized keyboard and almost-full-sized trackpad. The 13.3" model seemed like a monster by comparison, though as a previous MacBook Air owner, I really like the new design. I was mistaken in my comment during the liveblog—the new MacBook Airs have ports on both the right and left sides. On the right, there's the mini-DisplayPort (which can output to a 27" monitor) as well as one USB port, and on the left, there's a MagSafe port, USB, and audio ports.