Spymac have posted
screenshots of Panther, the new version of Mac OS X to be released
later in the year. Judging by
this screenshot, Finder will have a Safari-like
navigation system as well as have Apple’s controversial Metal
theme. While this change may be superficial, it could
indicate the beginnings of a combined file and web
browser; after all, the web is simply, as Ted Nelson puts it,
“decorated directories”. If this does happen - and this is
just wild speculation here - then it would see Apple go a
similar route as Microsoft by tightly integrating the web
browser into the operating system. While this maybe bad news
for third-party browser developers, at least we can expect
the future of Apple browsing to support web standards thanks
to Apple’s open-source Webcore.
Unfortunately, the Web is at the mercy of Microsoft, and
no-one really knows where they are going to take the browser
with their next major version of Windows in 2005.
Update: Looks like the Panther images at Spymac have been taken offline. Ah well, Panther will be unveiled on Monday.
Another Update: The screenshots are mirrored here though.