What OS X Could Look Like If It Gets Jony’s iOS 7 Treatment [Concept]

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We’ve seen a bunch of “OS X meets iOS” concepts for the Mac over the last few years, most of which have been pretty meh, but this recent submission to us is the first one I wouldn’t mind using if OS X 11 absolutely has to take all of its design cues from iOS 7.

Created by Andrew Ambrosino, the OS X 11 concept is dripping in translucent blurs with flatness and minimalism spread all over. I really like the transparent menu bar with the expandable menu, though I’m not a fan of forcing OS X app icons to be rounded squares just like in iOS.

Take a look at what the Mail app could look like if given the iOS 7 treatment:

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The open white interface of the update mail app would be a nice upgrade over the heavy grays Apple currently uses. Apps will probably gain more translucency as Jony’s designs progress, but do you think Apple will ditch the classic red, yellow, and green window buttons?

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Not sure what the toggle switch in the dock is for under in this concept, unless it’s the magical lever that sends my trash hurtling to a fiery digital furnace.

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OS X Mavericks still greets users with a login box as soon as you wake your Mac up, whereas iOS doesn’t prompt you for your PIN until you try to interact with the device. It looks like Andrew’s concept fixes that difference with a beautiful minimalist login screen with the time and date featured front and center before you log in.

  • cprblak

    Please no.

  • dcj001

    “this recent submission to us is the first one I wouldn’t mind using if OS X 11″

    FYI: X is the Roman numeral for 10. The “X” is not pronounced “Ex.” The next higher digit operating system will be OS XI 11, not OS X 11 (not OS 10 11).

  • Gavin Blur

    I liike it… I like it a lot!

  • Avenged110

    I’d rather use Linux. Or nothing.

  • ajambrosino

    @dcj001– Apple did start with OS X = OS 10. But nowadays they release a new 10.x every year, while iOS gets a full integer every year. It seems a bit odd. It’s as if ‘X’ no longer stands for ’10′, and we just have “iOS” and “OS X” as their names. Obviously, we don’t know what their plans are for the future; this is just speculation.

  • Gadget

    Now Apple needs to create a real two button bluetooth 4.0 mouse with with a center TouchID button/scroll sensor for computer login/unlock and also scrolling. The single button magic mouse is garbage.

  • sabont

    Time and time again, I see this in articles on this site, and others like it(MacRumors and Tuaw). It has always been Apple’s position that OSX is a 20-year Operating System. I agree that I would enjoy the next OSX Update to be designed, in a similar fashion (as shown) to be following the style of iOS 7, however we will have to wait until 2020 to see what Apple has in store for us with OSXI (OS 11). I believe that it is time for an article on CultOfMac to go through and show the progression of the Mac OS throughout the major releases, and how the acquisition of NEXT and how OSX was built off of the NextStep OS accelerating the desktop OS to be sustained (the way it has been for 13 years already) for 20 years (pushing the expected next OS release to the year 2020).

  • Junaidkureshi

    I dont know about others but for me its more than welcome, but its never gonna happen i believe.

  • sjordi

    Please spare us.
    Ive already achieved replacing iOS (1-6) with a copy of Android (7)… so do not bring anything else than OS/X to the Mac. Please!!!

  • OneHungLow

    Some of it I would object to, some I wouldn’t. BUT, here are the reasons why I don’t think they will do that much.

    I think the reason why they went with the flat icons is that they are mobile devices, and having that parallax effect only makes sense for mobile devices not desktops and laptops. I think some of the icons may change but we have enough processing power to handle 3D icons. But for iOS, I think they had to go with flat icons to be able to handle the other effects. At least, that’s my reasoning behind the flat icon look.

    The other aspects like the translucent effects might be a welcome site. I think Apple has needed to refresh the OS, which means, the pull down menus, menu bar, and various applications do need a makeover.

    I think a lot of the special effects need to have the ability to be modified as per the user’s preferences. I think Apple should give the user a little more room to modify the look of the UI.

  • OneHungLow

    @dcj001– Apple did start with OS X = OS 10. But nowadays they release a new 10.x every year, while iOS gets a full integer every year. It seems a bit odd. It’s as if ‘X’ no longer stands for ’10′, and we just have “iOS” and “OS X” as their names. Obviously, we don’t know what their plans are for the future; this is just speculation.

    I think they should have called iOS, iOS X and then had them respectively been 10.X.X. I mean, iOS is basically a mobile version of OS X. But it was probably because iOS rolls off the tongue better than iOS X.

  • Bodys0ulspirit

    Hey guys,

    Made a free screensaver for OS X based on iOS 7′s lockscreen with Andrew Ambrosino.

    You can download it here: http://www.deviantart.com/download/425959216/ios_7_lockscreen_screensaver_for_mac_os_x_by_bodysoulspirit-d71ls8g.zip?token=41fed9d8745f7c0e8e4affd7ecd7c13091c098aa&ts=1389542406

    Cheers

  • Bodys0ulspirit
  • Bodys0ulspirit

    I made an iOS 7 lockscreen screensaver for mac OS X

    Download it here for free:
    https://www.behance.net/gallery/iOS-7-screensaver-for-mac-OS-X-by-bodysoulspirit/13676287

    (Note, both 2 previous posts were wrong, if they could be deleted by moderator)

  • Bodys0ulspirit

    I made an iOS 7 lockscreen screensaver for mac OS X

    Download it here for free:
    https://www.behance.net/gallery/iOS-7-screensaver-for-mac-OS-X-by-bodysoulspirit/13676287

    (Note, both 2 previous posts were wrong, if they could be deleted by moderator)

  • Martin Dobson

    I like it. Hopefully they add some sort of iPhone/iOS pairing functionality where it will recognize when you sit down at the computer and automatically unlock itself. Kinda like “knock” but built in.

  • nolansnoeyink

    Am I the only one that thinks OS X 11 makes no sense? It would be OS XI or OS 11.

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