System-wide metal. Panther's applications system-wide will sport a metal interface. When LoopRumors first reported a system-wide metal interface on March 18th, it was misinterpreted throughout Macintosh sites all over the net. Most applications already support the metal theme.
Maybe they (or we) are confusing their "metal theme" with brushed metal. DVD Studio Pro 2 and Final Cut Pro 4 sport a new theme which is neither brushed metal nor aqua. It uses Aqua-like controls, but is darker and looks somewhat more professional.
Still I doubt this will be system-wide. I think they're just going to split it further (an awful idea): Aqua for general purpose, New Metal for pro apps, Brushed Metal for consumer apps.
Flatter Aqua. The overall Aqua appearance in Panther will be flatter with less dimension.
Eh? Didn't you just say they'd get rid of Aqua as-is.
The last iChat update late last year showed signs in this direction with the red yellow and green window controls flatter, appearing more recessed within the window. The recently released iTunes also shows signs with the flatter play, fast forward and rewind buttons.
But that's Brushed Metal, not Aqua. Aqua is already quite nice.
Improved Dock. You will now be able to control document windows that are sent to the dock. Click and hold on the window's icon in the Dock to Save, Print or Close that window.
Piles. Piles will work just like piles of paper stacked up on your desk. Instead of documents having their own individual space on your computer, you group them together in a Pile and see the contents of that Pile by clicking on it.
Yah, yah *nods*.
iChat 2.0. As we reported on December 5th with a subsequent report on March 24th, iChat will be Apple's answer to Microsoft's NetMeeting.
Except that NetMeeting has been dead for a few years
iWorks. Apple is developing a new software package that will rival Microsoft's Office X. On March 15, 2003, ThinkSecret first reported that Apple was working on a new productivity suite. iWorks will consist of a word processing application tentatively called "Document," Apple's Keynote presentation software, a spreadsheet/database application, and an updated Mail 2.0 app.
Spreadsheet or database? That's two different things. I can't imagine using FileMaker for spreadsheets.
Advanced Software Update. Several sources indicate that the Software Update Control Panel is redesigned. One report specifies that SUCP will maintain a history of all purchases made through one-click, i.e. iTunes Music and software purchased through the Apple Store, will always be accessible for download through that User ID.