Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ event is scheduled to go live today at 10:00 AM PDT and we are already hearing rumors about the possible features and enhancements in the next version of Mac OS X. MacStories recently reported that according to their sources Mac OS X 10.7 (rumored to be called Lion) will feature iOS like scrollbars.
The first big news is iOS scroll bars and scrolling behavior are coming to OS X. That means you’ll have to say goodbye to the current Aqua scroll bars and get ready for a more minimal look. Also, the “rubber band” elastic scrolling iOS is famous for is making its first appearance on the desktop, and we’re told it “works really well and feels natural”. Basically, it works like the current inertial scrolling, but when you hit the top or bottom of a scroll view it “rubber bands” down like iOS devices do.
If we consider Apple’s minimalist approach in designing its software then it is certainly possible that we’ll be seeing much cleaner design for Mac OS X version 10.7 and better integration with iOS devices.