I'm late to this thread but I'll throw my 2 cents in.
just on the surface...seeing the keynote and not trying the beta yet, I have to say i think they didn't take it far enough.
There are many visual changes that i welcome but I feel like they could have taken it much further. Plus, there are changes that I don't think I like as much.
In general I like that it's going back to the one-UI look between iOS and OS X. It makes a lot of sense. It's a good start but they could have done better? What the heck as Ive and his design team been doing for a year? The groundwork was already laid with iOS 7. I sure hope it's in the hardware aspect they've been working so hard on for a year...at least then i'd give this UI overhaul a pass.
Here's a couple "for instances":
Safari, Apple must have some reason to truncate the favorites into a quick look from the search bar, but I don't like that. I have a large and very organized collection of favorites in many folders and sub-folder all organized by type and subsequently alphabetized that I've been collecting over the many years of web surfing. I like the favorites bar and I hope that is a toggle that I can resurrect.
Additionally, I would really...really like to see the rubber-band drag to refresh and didn't get it. (same goes for mail, messages and email as well). here's hoping that it's there or some beta testers out there can drop some hints to Apple Devs.
App icons: I like that they are getting closer to some visual connection between iOS and OS X but some of the icons are largely unchanged and just more of a caricature of what they once were; closer to iOS look but still not uniform enough. I'd really wish the messages icon between the two platforms was the same color. Same goes for others. In the AI screen-caps, the iTunes icon is still the old one but on Apple's website it's the same color as iOS. Weird. There still seems to be no uniformity between icons. Are they going to be all rectangular? Round? Free-form? is there any internal logic as to why some are one shape and others are different? What about the coloring? Is there any logic there as to what apps are a certain color and others are different? perhaps by type of App? These are still things I wish for to gain more visual clarity.
So what is it going to be Apple? Slanted flatted 3D rectangular shapes? Circular iCons? Flattened rectangles? Free-form shapes? Pick one or give us some logical reason why they are the way they are.
Notes & Reminders? Meh...i didn't like the new iOS 7 look and I don't like the look here either. Try again Apple.
looks like they just copy&pasted iOS 7 and added widgets. It's like they wanted to get rid of Dashboard but couldn't think of any better ideas but to toss them in the Notf-center. Really? I don't use Notification center as it is and I probably will use the widget even less than if they had just kept them in Dashboard. I do use Dashboard 100% more than Notf-Center.
My wish list was to bring some clarity back to dashboard. not redundant apps like calculator and such. Why not take the Dashboard-like apps from iOS and dump them in there? (clock, stocks, especially trailers, etc). Since in iOS they are small screen apps they would be perfect in Dashboard. This sidebar widgets is just lazy design and not intuitive.
What I would have liked to see...if they wanted to do a slide-out sidebar for widgets...don't lump them into the Notif-Center...create one from the left. You slide out from the right for Notification, from the left for widgets? That makes a hell of a lot more sense than how it currently is.
New Calendar look find...like iOS...but my wish list had the ability to share an entire calendar with someone or create a family calendar...it's been years since Google did this, why not Apple?
yeah looks like iOS, fine. But what about adding updating from 3rd party chat history? I GChat with a friend sometimes on Google, sometimes through OS X. why if I send a message via google does that not show up in my Messages History? That's probably a 1% of the install-base problem so whatever. It'll probably never happen.
SMS in Messages. Yeah nice feature if you text anyone anymore.
What about opening up Messages to things like feeds and threads. Make it more social like WeChat or other chat clients? what about opening Messages to 3rd Parties? Messages should be the the catch all, just like Mail is for all your 3rd party mail clients.
Nothing in the Keynote mentioned improved podcast sync between iOS and OSX. it's absolutely horrible for me and many others that I know. I could write a short essay on the numerous ways it sucks so I'll just leave it at that.
I hear on a podcasts that the "Green" button is not only going to be fullscreen and not "maximize"? Is this correct? if so, that will piss me off because i do use both features equally and will be pissed if the green maximize has been eliminated for just full-screen.
I do really really like that they did not go the route of iOS and make colored clickable text. The way they've done is in OS X is exactly how it should have been in iOS. I've posted numerous times on my reasoning so I can point you in the right direction if you want me to explain. Just so much more intuitive and easier to follow than colored bolded text.
This was a no brainer from forever ago. But I fear this isn't really an innovation more-so playing catch up to people like Google and Dropbox. There is literally nothing innovative about iCloud Docs. It's Dropox in every way. Comon Apple. What I would have liked to see is iCloud save all your files. Like Google Docs. If I have to remember to put files in iCloud...its a fail because 99 times out of 100 i will have forgotten that one file i wanted.
anyway, I could go on but I won't. Of course there's the caveat that some of what I speak of will be in the public release, but we won't know for months to come. So it's wait and see. I hope i've given some ideas to the beta testers out there to suggest to apple.