It seems that this year’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference) will not be focused on iOS and will rather be focused on Mac OSX.
The next version of Mac OSX, aka version 10.10 is codenamed “Syrah” and will be called “OSX Yosemite” in the final version according to 9to5Mac
Last year, iOS went through a complete redesign with iOS 7 and this year, it seems that iOS 8 will be more of a functional update as indicated by many rumors. We have covered rumors about iOS 8 having better Maps, revolutionary fitness tracking capabilities, Shazam integration and more, so check them out.
Much like iOS went through a radical change, this year it seems that Mac OSX will be getting the “redesign” treatment, The new design will be inspired by iOS 7 and will borrow some elements from the mobile OS such as “similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version” according to 9to5Mac.
However, major redesigns are almost never received well. Throughout history, complete redesigns of products are never taken positively. Take Facebook for example: it is never afraid to experiment and has been known to unleash upon its users new redesigns. It has been repeatedly criticised for it. Same thing happened to Yahoo, when it tried to redesign its Mail app. Why, even Apple’s own iOS 7 which had introduced a complete redesign wasn’t received well and it too was criticised. It will be interesting to see whether or not people will receive a radical redesign of OSX.
iOS development teams have joined up with the Mac OSX development teams to get Mac OSX Yosemite by WWDC, so that Apple can showcase it to the world. But the drawback of this move is that the features rumored for iOS 8 may be delayed till iOS 8.1.
Apple also is developing on the A8 processor, the successor to the current A7 processor, which is the first 64-bit processor in the market.
Apple has time and again said that iOS and Mac OSX will remain two separate entities, with no influence whatsoever of one on the other. But if these rumors are true, then it seems that iOS and Mac OSX are coming closer, after all.