Touch input? Cloud integration? Magical fairies?
Unless you've spent a good chunk of the last few days under a rock, you've heard about Apple's 'Back to the Mac' event, scheduled for October 20. New Macs, particularly a new MacBook Air, are rumored to be unveiled at the event. There's also been talk of Mac OS X 10.7, AKA "Lion".
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Now we've already seen what may have been one of the job postings behind this next phase of OS X. The posting mentioned a "revolutionary" and "exciting" work-in-progress that involved HTTP and large Web architecture. 10.7, which may end up going by "Lion", has already been spotted in several weblogs. Most of these came from internal Apple IP addresses.
Lion is rumored to include some very significant UI changes, things that didn't make it into Leopard or Snow Leopard. The Marble UI may make an appearance. It would involve a "flattening" of Aqua to fit it better with iTunes and iPhoto.
There have also been rumors that 10.7 will see tactile interfaces introduced to OS X. This could involve full touchscreen Macs or even small touchscreen virtual input devices. Patents have been spotted for similar gadgets. It is possible that this touch-support would focus on 3D window navigation to improve file management.
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We'll know for sure what Apple has cooking on October 20. Until then, we'll have to be satisfied with rumors and educated speculation.