#os x

Team Mailbox:

Today, we’re proud to announce a new service built directly into Mailbox that learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions. Mute that thread you don’t care about, snooze messages from your friends until after work, and route receipts to a list — automatically. We call this service Auto-swipe.

Auto-swipe is something we wanted to release with the first version of Mailbox, but it’s only with recent improvements to our infrastructure that such a smart service has been possible.

This really is something the team has talked about since the beginning. And it’s potentially very powerful — think: Gmail filters re-thought for mobile.

Also, Mailbox and Android is here today. And, perhaps most importantly, Mailbox for Mac is nearly ready for testing. If you’ve ever tried to use the OS X Mail app with Gmail, this will be the best news ever for you. One might call it “a glass of ice water in hell”.

Alex Wilhelm:

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

I like the notion that Apple followed Microsoft’s lead here — and was actually forced to — as if Microsoft had any choice other than to try to correct the shitshow that has been Windows 8 with a free update. (Much like Apple did way back in the day with OS X 10.1, by the way.)

You could also argue that these Windows 8.X releases are more akin to OS X 10.9.X releases, which have always been free.

But the key point is that Apple has now stated that all versions of OS X are going to be free going forward. Do you think Microsoft is going to do that with all future versions of Windows? Considering that selling that software is one of their core businesses, it’s hard to see how they could possibly do that. Which is why they need the hardware business to work.

Mark Gurman:

OS X 10.10 is internally codenamed Syrah (yes, another wine), and sources hint that Apple has been toying with a new design across the system that is akin, but not as dramatically different, to the new designs found in iOS 7 and iCloud.com. 

I hadn’t heard the codename, but I did hear a whisper or two that work had begun on the next iteration on OS X with an emphasis being on re-unifying the look & feel of OS X and iOS. Rene Ritchie has apparently been hearing the same as well.

There’s no question that OS X now looks dated in our new iOS 7 world. What’s weird is that the just-reached-GM OS X Mavericks only has the smallest design updates (Calendar loses the faux leather, for example) even though it’s coming after iOS 7. But that’s the harsh world of limited resources. Even Apple doesn’t have unlimited designers.

Also interesting: the notion that this would be OS X 10.10 (as traffic logs indicate) and not OS XI.

Stuart Morgan:

After a decade-long run, Camino is no longer being developed, and we encourage all users to upgrade to a more modern browser. Camino is increasingly lagging behind the fast pace of changes on the web, and more importantly it is not receiving security updates, making it increasingly unsafe to use.

A sad day. Camino was my browser of choice on OS X for many years — basically before Chrome for Mac came out and before Safari got halfway decent.

But the writing has been on the wall for a while. As momentum shifted from Gecko to WebKit, the changes in the browser landscape were fast and furious. There was some talk of Camino staying alive by shifting to WebKit, but with that now being forked

The good news, as noted by Morgan:

Fortunately, Mac users have many more browsers to choose from than they did when Camino started ten years ago. Former Camino developers have helped build the three most popular – Chrome, Firefox, and Safari – so while this is the end of Camino itself, the community that helped build it is still making the web better for Mac users.

RIP Camino.