Leaked images seemingly show OS X 10.10 with Control Center, flatter UI and other iOS 7 features

OS X 10.10 UI leak (Notification Center 001)

Earlier this morning, someone has posted a set of alleged OS X 10.10 screenshots on Reddit only to pull them soon after.

In researching the authenticity of the purported photos, MacRumors has been able to dig up a few interesting tidbits concerning Apple’s design direction for the next major update to its desktop operating system powering Macs.

The original photos have been removed since at the request of the original poster. We can’t vouch for their authenticity and are reposting them here for entertainment purposes…

For starters, as noted by MacRumors editor Eric Slivka, it would seem that OS X 10.10 has borrowed the iOS 7 Control Center in the form of the translucent pane which slides out from the left side of the screen, in a similar manner the Notification Center slides out from the right side of the screen.

Based on the author’s research and the images he’s been privately shown, Control Center in OS X 10.10 is said to collate features like About This Mac and System Preferences and offer handy shortcuts such as Airplane Mode and the Do Not Disturb feature, currently available by pulling down on the Notification Center.

Below those are buttons with drop down menu functionality for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with a screen brightness slider, followed by audio controls that include the ability to display album art.

The next section includes a volume slider, as well as AirDrop and AirPlay buttons. At the very bottom of the pane is a set of four buttons that appear to be for system sleep, log out, restart, and shutdown.

The Notification Center has been revamped, too.

As evidenced on the screenshot top of post, the feature is now reminiscent of the Today view on the iOS 7 Notification Center and sports a large date at the top, a timeline Calendar view, a section for Weather information and a Stocks section.

A subtly different Safari browser seemingly includes the blank page design like on the iPad.

OS X 10.10 UI leak (Safari 001)

The toolbar buttons appear flatter than on Mavericks.

OS X 10.10 UI leak (Safari 002)

Spotlight seems to have been given a thorough rethinking.

Like the popular productivity application Alfred, the Spotlight search box can now reportedly appear anywhere on the screen, based on the position of the mouse cursor.

OS X 10.10 UI leak (Spotlight 001)

Notice the integrated QuickLook functionality, like on Mavericks and previous OS X releases.
As for the Dock:

Visible in all four photos is the Dock, which does away with the current “shelf” motif in favor of a translucent strip as on iOS. The vast majority of the app icons appear unchanged, with the most obvious exception being the Finder icon, which does away with the current background but keeps the iconic double face line drawing.

Again, the photos have been removed at the request of the poster, who claims to have taken them himself on March 24 at Apple headquarters in Cupertino.

Both the source post and the poster’s account have been pulled, but not quick enough as I was able to save the photos before their removal.

OS X 10.10 should be previewed during the WWDC keynote today under the code-name of “Yosemite”, after the Yosemite national park in the United States.

The keynote starts today at 10am PT / 1pm ET.

OS X 11 concept (image 002, Andrew Ambrosino)
iOS 7-inspired OS X concept by Andrew Ambrosino.

Apple will live stream the event through its homepage, to Mac/Windows PCs, the Apple TV media-streaming box and on iOS devices, using it’s QuickTime technology.

iDownloadBlog will be providing ongoing coverage of the announcements as they happen, as well as analysis, opinion and other tidbits throughout the day.

See also: our recap of what to expect from Apple’s keynote.