It seems that my predictions, which were one of the first on the internet regarding the subject, that Snow Leopard would be darker have come true! Here’s a quick timeline of how I came about the idea and all the steps that Apple took to make it glaringly obvious that Snow Leopard’s UI would be even the slightest bit darker than Leopard’s:
- Someone on IRC (nick JHKKHJK or similar, I can’t quite recall it) in a WWDC discussion channel told me that Snow Leopard’s UI would be darker. That started originally what seemed like a wild goose chase, but ended up being a lot more meaningful than that.
- First up was MobileMe, which sported a dark toolbar. Knowing how Apple feels about design and a look of integration across all its products, I found it obvious that it was only a matter of time before other applications started going dark as well.
- Next, interfaces began to merge with iTunes 8, which in Grid View has a dark “sub-toolbar” and even darker scrollbars.
- When QuickTime X’s new interface was announced I was sure that my ideas were no longer simply speculation and that Apple was giving way too many clus that they were going to give us a darker interfaces.
- Now, Dock context menus are dark. Having five interface items be dark is interesting enough; I wonder what else will be darker in future Snow Leopard releases. Besides, all the iLife apps have dark scrollbars.
Oh, and there are new wallpapers available for Snow Leopard; I’m already using some of them.