Wednesday, April 23, 2003
The various mac rumors sites are [reporting] on various new features that supposedly will be a part of MacOS X 10.3, to be previewed at WWDC in June. Amongst other things such as a [new filesystem layer] that's more like BeOS, [multiple graphical logins], "64 bit support", and even support for AMD x86 processors (yeah, right). The one thing they are all consistently reporting on, however, is a set of new UI features that are being called ["user at the center"].
There has been a lot of talk of "piles" being a major new feature in 10.3. Piles are a user interface idea that's been around for a while, but nobody has really used it yet. Apple's patent on piles can be found [here]. One intrepid user put together a Flash interactive demo of how piles should work in MacOS X, you can get a feel for it [here].
While piles seem interesting, I don't think they're as paradigm-changing as the rumors sites seem to imply. If Apple implemented [half the features of Copland] in MacOS X, that would be something to see.
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