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Rumor: Mac OS X 10.7 to Gain iOS Interface Elements

Lion behind Apple logo

Everyone is expecting at least a glimpse at the next Mac OS X 10.7 at Wednesday’s “Back to the Mac” event held at Apple’s Cupertino campus — and a new report claims that at least some of the traditional Mac OS X user interface elements may now get merged with iOS.

AppleInsider is reporting
that the next Mac OS X 10.7, presumably codenamed “Lion,” will be getting a user interface polish, borrowing iOS interface elements such as scroll bars and scrolling behavior. According to the usual “sources familiar with the matter,” details of the interface refresh have already surfaced and the “iOS influence is visible in the new OS user interface,” claims a MacStories report.

“Apple took some elements from iOS and applied them to OS X, trying to blend everything nicely,” the report continues. It’s important to note, however, that the information is unverified, and that MacStories “has no track record with insider information.”

Apparently, the biggest UI revision for Mac OS X 10.7 comes with the removal of the current Aqua scroll bars in favor of the “more minimal look” of iOS scroll bars and scrolling behavior. “The scroll bars may also adopt ‘rubber band’ elastic scrolling from iOS devices and a native ‘pull to refresh’ feature,” AppleInsider claims.

Also targeted for an overhaul is Mac OS X QuickLook, with the user interface switching from black to white in 10.7 and including support for popovers in the Spotlight menu, according to MacStories’ Federico Viticci.

Speculation is likely to continue, at least until 10am PST on Wednesday, October 20 when Steve Jobs is expected to take the stage and put the focus back on the Mac platform after a busy year with iOS devices. Stay tuned for our liveblog and full coverage!

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Twitter Announces Site Overhaul, New Interface

Photo taken from the Technologizer live blog of the event

In case you were living and breathing and sleeping under a rock, Twitter made a big announcement this afternoon from its west coast offices. The microblogging service has announced a new The new site will feature a new user interface with a much bigger sidebar that will take up half of the screen real estate on your monitor (or, if you prefer, your mobile device). The right pane will also have mini profiles of users with their recent tweets. Twitter calls it a, “richer, faster experience”

The new Twitter will also have embedded video, keyboard shortcuts, and threaded conversations. Essentially, the new site looks exactly like the official Twitter app for the iPad, or some of the other iPad, iPhone and desktop apps available. But this is a good thing, because we’re big fans of the third-party Twitter apps, and it only seems like Twitter has taken a hint from them and implemented what their users would really like to see on the site. And, hey, it’ll make relaying our experiences in 140 characters or less a little nicer.

The launch of the new Twitter site will happen today for a sub-set of users, with an incremental roll out for the rest of us. Stay tuned to their officlal blog for more, and check out the new twitter site for details.

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