Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2016 01:11 UTC
Mac OS X

It's tempting to read the "macOS" rebranding as some grand statement about the Mac, but, truth be told, "Sierra" is more indicative of what we're getting. The name comes from a mountain range that encompasses Yosemite and El Capitan rather than moving away from them. It's another year of building on Yosemite's foundation, another year of incremental change, and another year of over-saturated mountain wallpapers.

Like El Capitan before it, Sierra focuses on a few marquee features, a couple of under-the-hood changes, a smattering of smaller tweaks, and one or two signposts pointing toward future development. It's the next release of OS X, new name or not. And we've spent a week with the first developer beta to dig into some of the new features ahead of the public beta in July and the public release in the fall.

Insights into the developer preview.

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Iteration is OK
by wocowboy on Fri 24th Jun 2016 20:55 UTC
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Does everything about an OS have to change every couple of years? Does there have to be a wholsale revamping of the way an OS looks and works have to happen on a regular basis? Does there have to be change for change's sake? I would say that the answer to all these questions is no. With the current state of Windows, Linux, and macOS, I really don't see any glaring need to totally change any of them just to satisfy pundits' glaring need to have something new and different to write about every little bit. All these OS's do what they do really well as they have done for years. We saw what a wholesale re-do did to Microsoft with Windows 8 and they are still trying to come back from that debacle. Windows 8 was pure change for change's sake, trying to force a touch-based OS onto traditional mouse/keyboard/monitor hardware and it just plain did not work. I, and evidently no one else, did and do not want to have to reach up from my keyboard and touch things on my monitor screen. It is ergonomically WRONG, not to mention the fact that I take great pride in keeping my monitor screen clean. It is the last place I want greasy film and fingerprints on. Fingerprints on a phone or tablet are OK, a computer monitor is totally different situation. So, in the end, in my opinion, Apple is doing just fine by adding Siri to the Mac and the other changes and leaving the look and feel of macOS just the same.

Edited 2016-06-24 20:57 UTC

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