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Newsletter Issue #750: Imagining the Next iOS and OS X

On June 2, 2014, iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks will become yesterday’s news. That’s when Apple is expected to unveil the next versions of both at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, so let the speculation begin in earnest.

It’s not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with the existing versions of Apple’s free operating systems. But time marches on, and you have to keep up with the program. Besides, iOS 7 was nothing if not controversial. The heavily-modified flat look, the brainchild of superstar designer Sir Jonathan Ive, was thought by some to be inferior to the previous of aging iOS 6.

It didn’t help that the initial release was ragged around the edges, although the interface and the options to smooth the excesses were largely resolved in iOS 7.1. Performance on the 2010 iPhone 4 even became good enough to be useful for many, so they didn’t have to scramble to somehow induce iOS 6 to be reinstalled. According to the most recent estimate, some 87% of iOS gear still in use are using the latest and greatest OS. Take that Google!

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