Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Apple Shows Signs a Major Interface Overhaul Is Coming

Apple Shows Signs a Major Interface Overhaul Is Coming, article.
The latest sign that changes are afoot is a job listing seeking senior software engineers for Apple’s iLife suite. The posting calls for “an enthusiastic Cocoa engineer to help us re-imagine how user interfaces should be built and work.” That doesn’t sound like a simple facelift. That sounds like the ground-up revamping of a core software suite — iLife, included in every new Mac, includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

I can't tell you how pleasing that is. I only hope they are doing something similar with the Mac's Graphical User Interface and the rest of the basics. Because I've been getting increasingly worried, with no essential improvements in the last two big OSX updates (Lion and Mountain Lion), only increasing deference and reference to the iPhone interface, which is really the last thing an professional user needs. And there has also been more and more bugs in recent releases, both iOS and OSX. So I'm worried that the Mac platform may be degrading into an amateur platform. For people who use the web and email and facebook (the lower case is intentional, due to lack of respect  :-), and perhaps create a family newsletter when the waves go high.

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