In the world of convergence, we are not all that far away from a scenario where desktop and mobile devices would run identically similar Operating Systems. Microsoft has already taken baby steps towards unifying the whole experience with Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT on tablets. Yes, it has not been successful but a lot of it is down to poor implementation rather than the idea in itself. Agreed that given the screen limitations, each OS for the device must be tailored, but the design aesthetics and basic operations could actually be made significantly similar.
There have been reports in the past stating that Apple has long been playing with the idea of bringing iOS like simplicity and design to its desktop OS, Mac OSX. We even saw a bit of glimpse of the same as the app section of Mac OSX is very much like the springboard of your iPhone with square tiled fashion of the apps. But what if Mac OSX were to bring the flat design of iOS 7 on board? Apart from plenty of colors, what else could we expect?
Danny Giebe has left little to imagine with his series of mockups of what OSX 10.10 would look like when/ if it goes totally flat. Danny went on to comment:
“Hi, this is a concept for Mac OS X Syrah, expected to be published in September 2014. It’s based on the new flat design approach of the Contacts and Notes App introduced in Mac OS X Mavericks. Checkout the Concept.jpg. I hope you like you like it. Feedback is highly appreciated.
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Sidenote: I’m not an Icondesigner, so these could be improved 😉 “
Not entirely sure if Apple is thinking along similar lines as Danny, but the concept looks fresh and may bring a facelift to OSX similar to how iOS 7 bought to what had become a bit of a routine design on previous versions.