OS X has long since been the de facto, Apple-based alternative to Microsoft’s domineering Windows, but despite becoming more popular over the past decade thanks to some innovative, MacBook-shaped hardware, it’s fair to say that the Cupertino’s desktop operating system now plays second fiddle to its very own iOS. Week after week we get to take a look at varied OS X concepts of what the next version of iOS might entail, but in something of a rare treat, and one designer has pieced together an idea for OS X 11. Check it out after the break!

With OS X 10.9 Mavericks having been released a short while ago, OS X 11, which will carry some kind of California-themed moniker, could be a bit more of a significant leap than the past few editions. Certainly, with Apple having completely flattened out its mobile interface with iOS 7, and also given the company’s ethos of uniformity, we’d expect OS X to follow suit, and as you can see, this concept from Andrew Ambrosino takes these points into consideration.

OS X 11

It’s not just the look that OS X will be borrowing from iOS, either. Through with Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks, we’ve witnessed a slow ‘iOS-ification’ of the desktop software, with several key elements like iMessage, Reminders, Game Center, iBooks and Notification Center having all been primed and pasted onto the big screen.

Ambrosino’s concept once again emphasizes this change in trend, and as well as showcasing clean shapes and flat lines, also delivers features to which many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will be most familiar.


The lock screen is the most notable addition, with a ‘press any key to unlock’ message showing instead of the patented ‘slide to unlock’ of iOS. It certainly completes the look, but although would seem a little bit unnecessary to transfer the famous lock screen traits over to the Mac range, a variation will probably be implemented once OS X is eventually ironed out.


Skeptics questioned whether Jony Ive’s talents hand been misdirected with his control over the design of iOS 7, but despite some early resistance, the general consensus seems to be that iOS 7 is, functionally as well as aesthetically, a change for the better.



Hopefully, in the coming months, we’ll hear a little bit more about OS X 11 than we have done hitherto, and with WWDC’ 14 likely to be held in June, clues should begin to emerge in the near future.

(Source: AndrewAmbrosino) Thanks, Andrew for sending this in!

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