23/10/13 14:12OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars TechnicaPagina 2 di 98http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/
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So let's readjust our perspective. Perhaps the firstseven big-cat releases were OS X's early childhood: birth ,potty training , learning towalk andtalk , and
so on, culminating in some form of self-actualization.WithLion , the Mac entered anawkwardadolescence, acquiring a newfound concern
about whatthe other kidswere doing. Accordingly, OS X's last two releases includedseveralnaked attemptsto ape the look and feel of its more successful sibling,iOS.
But that was all before last year'sousterof Scott Forstall , senior vice president of iOS
Software. By all accounts, Forstall was one of the driving forces behind the iOS aes-thetic that Lion and Mountain Lion so enthusiastically embraced. Jony Ive'siOS 7
strikes off in a bold new direction based on aphilosophythat Apple is eager to gener-alize to the company as a whole—leaving OS X holding thestitched-leatherbag.
An OS out to sea
Let's say we accept that this is not the end of history and that OS X will continue toevolve. To what end? Aside from undoing the most egregious peer-pressure-motivat-ed interface changes, what should this first non-cat release of OS X do differently fromits predecessors?One option would be to continue to follow iOS's lead, switching gears from richtex-turesandsimulations of analogous physical productsand setting off in pursuit of the
new, spareiOS 7 aesthetic. I'll spoil it for you: Apple hasn't chosen this path—not yet,anyway. Time and resource constraints alone could explain this choice. After all, Ap-ple didn't even have the iPad version of iOS 7 ready in time forWWDCthis year. Aninterface overhaul in Mavericks was clearly out of the question.Mavericks is also not an internals-only release like Snow Leopard, which famouslypromised "no new features." There are new features in Mavericks, even new bundledapplications.To some degree, the content of any OS release is determined by what did and didn'tmake the deadline for the previous release. There are exceptions, likeFusion Drive ,which didn't quite make it into Mountain Lion but also couldn't wait for the next ma- jor OS release because it was a prerequisite for somenew hardware products.Nevertheless, Apple does try to give each new OS some sort of theme. Mavericks is