Apple’s somewhat brief sneak peak at Mac OS Lion hints at a revamped scroll bar UI for the upcoming iteration of OS X. During a presentation conducted by Apple VP of Mac OS X engineering Craig Federighi, we were able to see that Apple has, for the time being, abandoned the aqua scrollbars in favor of a grayscale choice that closely resembles the scrollbars on iOS. Moreover, the scrollbar would disappear altogether when there was inactivity on the screen, and would only reveal itself when an action resumed. Similar functionality was evident during demos of iPhoto and Safari, among others.
With OS X Lion not scheduled for release until the summer of 2011, it remains to be seen if Apple will exclusively stick with this UI choice or if the aqua scrollbars we’ve grown accustomed to will remain an option as well.
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