Rumor: Mac OS X Aqua Not Shiny Enough, to be Replaced by Illuminous

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Rumormongers are telling us that the OS X interface, now known by that pet name of "Aqua," is apparently not going to be shiny enough for Apple to compete against Microsoft Vista's Aero, so now Jobs & Company have gone and changed the name of the Mac OS X user interface to Illuminous.


In the battle to see who can have the shiniest and most wonderful user interface ever, we can't really tell what Apple will do to top Aero or Aqua, but no doubt it will require a beefier graphics card to get it done. For specifics, we'll have to wait until Steve Jobs's Macworld keynote on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 9 a.m.

RUMOR: Aqua to be replaced with Illuminous [applegazette]



Not sure I agree with your wording. You make it sound as if Vista somehow "upped the ante" on OS X Aqua and Apple's gotta do something to compete.

I run Vista in parallels here and I see A LOT of similarity between Aero and Aqua. I sometimes feel like I'm watching a bad Saturday Night Live skit where Apple is mocked. Aqua —-> Aero? Widgets —>Gadgets? (for that matter, Zen —-> Zune?)

Even the login screen swish looks eerily close to Apple's signature blue swish background. For a company that spends a couple hundred million on R & D, you'd think someone over there would say, "No. We can't do the swish thing. Apple's doing that. Let's do something else." The reason they don't is because they ARE mocking Apple intentionally... or they're creatively challenged which I find hard to believe but it is possible.

I'm an Apple customer (not a "fan boy") and my take on it is that Apple's one step ahead of MS in a lot of areas. Any new interface from Apple is probably being created because what's there now is getting boring, not because Apple needs to "compete". Everyone will bitch for a couple months and then they'll wonder how they lived without it, then Vista 2.0's new interface will be called "Illustrious".