Microsoft tested a Windows XP theme that closely resembled Mac OS X’s Aqua GUI, reports The Verge.
A recent Windows XP source code leak has revealed various unreleased themes that Microsoft developed in 2000, at a time when Microsoft was in heated competition with Apple regarding desktop operating systems.
One of the themes, codenamed “Candy,” mirrors the design of Apple’s Aqua interface, which was first introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2000. Aqua was an iconic Apple design and gave a sense of depth through the use of shadow and translucency, metallic textures, and rounded liquid-like assets.
The theme was described as a “Whistler skin with eye candy,” with “Whistler” being the codename for Windows XP, and was marked as “for internal use only.” Though the theme was never finished, fundamental aspects such as the Windows Start button and various UI elements were a close match for Aqua.
Most striking is the replication of Mac OS X’s rounded water-like buttons. Windows developers reportedly used the theme as a placeholder to build the theme engine for Windows XP.
The theme was ultimately rejected in favor of the blue and green Luna theme for the final version of Windows XP released in 2001. The source code leak reveals another instance of the influence of the Mac on Windows behind the scenes.
‘iPhone 12 mini’ Name Reappears in Leaked Apple iPhone 12 Case Stickers
Friday September 25, 2020 1:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Earlier this week a proven leaker claimed that the iPhone 12 lineup would be named “iPhone 12 mini,” “iPhone 12,” “iPhone 12 Pro,” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max,” and today the same nomenclature has appeared again in a photo depicting alleged stickers from unreleased Silicone iPhone cases originating from Apple’s international distribution center in Ireland.
The photo shows three stickers with the…
New Images Leak of iPhone 12 Braided USB-C to Lightning Cable
Thursday September 24, 2020 2:37 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Rumors suggest Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 models will ship with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design. Images of the purported cables were leaked in July, and today leaker Mr White has shared new images that give us a closer look at what we might get included in the iPhone 12 box.
The photos show a USB-C to Lightning cable with a clearly braided design rather…
New Version of Microsoft Office Coming Next Year That Won’t Require a Subscription
Thursday September 24, 2020 1:53 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Microsoft will next year offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn’t require a subscription to use, according to the software giant (via Windows Central).
“Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021,” said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the next version of its Exchange server,…
Apple Releases iOS 14.0.1 With Fix for Bug That Resets Default Apps After Rebooting
Thursday September 24, 2020 10:12 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released iOS 14.0.1, the first update to the iOS 14 operating system that was released on September 16. Today’s update is a bug fix update addressing issues that weren’t able to be fixed in the initial iOS 14 launch.
The iOS 14.0.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
Apple’s iPhone 12 Event Could Happen on October 13 Based on Rumors From Mobile Operators
Wednesday September 23, 2020 11:51 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple’s upcoming iPhone-centric event could perhaps be held on Tuesday, October 13, according to information shared with MacRumors by an employee at a UK cellular carrier.
There’s no way for us to confirm the dates at this point in time nor are we sure on the credibility of the source, but even without a rumor, Tuesday, October 13 is a good guess based on Apple’s historic launch timelines, …
Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.7 With Fixes for WiFi Bug, 27-Inch iMac Graphics Issues
Thursday September 24, 2020 10:32 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.7, the latest update to the macOS Catalina software. macOS Catalina 10.15.7 fixes several major bugs that Mac users have been experiencing, and it comes a month after the latest macOS Catalina release.
The macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Supplemental Update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store using the Update feature in the System…
Apple Designs Custom Face Mask for Corporate and Retail Employees [Updated with Unboxing]
Wednesday September 9, 2020 11:13 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple’s design team has created a new kind of protective mask that’s being distributed to retail and corporate employees, reports Bloomberg.
The mask is called the Apple Face Mask and it was developed in-house in Cupertino by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams at Apple. Last week, an Apple employee sent MacRumors an image of the mask design, which can be seen up above. The Apple …
Video Offers Closer Look at Apple Face Mask
YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has today shared a new video giving a closer look at Apple’s reusable face masks for corporate and retail employees.
Apple’s own face mask was designed by the company’s Engineering and Industrial Design teams amid the global health crisis for corporate and retail employees, and the boxes include Apple’s famous “Designed by Apple in California” text.
Top Stories: iOS 14 Feature Tour, ‘iPhone 12 mini’ Rumors, Apple Watch Band Controversy
Things started to calm down a bit this week following last week’s rush of media event, Apple Watch and iPad launches, and the release of iOS 14 and other operating updates. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still a lot of news, from digging deeper into iOS 14 to more iPhone 12 rumors to the uproar over trying to exchange band sizes on the new Apple Watch.
On top of all of that, we heard…
Interest in iOS 14 Home Screen Ideas Helps Pinterest Break Daily Download Record
Wednesday September 23, 2020 4:37 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple’s introduction of widgets on the Home Screen in iOS 14 has driven a surge in interest among users looking to customize their iPhone, and that has reportedly had a knock-on effect for Pinterest, whose iOS app has seen record downloads as users flock to its content seeking design inspiration. As reported by TechCrunch, App Store intelligence firm Apptopia was first to note the impact of …