Ars Technica heeft een diepgaand artikel gepost over MacOS X, met info over de architectuur, kernel, onderliggende API's en de user interface van Apple's nieuwe, op Unix gebaseerde operating system. Hier een hap uit de conclusie (thanks Freax voor de link):
Aqua is very compelling. It's something that's sure to differentiate Mac OS X in the same way the the iMac stood out in the market when it was introduced. Indeed, Aqua is the "iMacification" of Mac OS in terms of both aesthetic innovation and marketing strategy.
Of course, Aqua is also compelling in that it may compel some people to gag. Like the iMac, Aqua is likely to polarize consumers and competitors alike. The gem-like buttons and the frilly animations will surely grate on the nuts-and-bolts crowd. It's also not clear how much of this chrome can be disabled. On a 233MHz iMac, will it be unacceptably slow? Conversely, does Quartz leverage AltiVec on a fast G4, rendering the extra CPU usage of even the frilliest of animations inconsequential?
If the history of classic Mac OS has taught us anything, it's that industrious third parties (and even Apple itself) will fill in the gaps and patch up the holes in the UI in accordance with user demand. The Unix-like nature of Mac OS X also ensures that experienced users will, at the very least, be able to kill add-ons like the dock entirely via the command line (and perhaps start something else in its place). In this way, Mac OS X ought to provide more UI flexibility for the power user than classic Mac OS.