For those hoping that iOS and OS X were to merge in the near future, sorry to tell you it’s not going to happen Apple executives revealed in an interview with MacWorld. With the Mac being with us for 30 years, things have changed greatly since the 1st iteration of the Mac, and the company has evolved from that.
So why hasn’t iOS and OS X merged yet, and why different interfaces? Here’s why.
“The reason OS X has a different interface than iOS isn’t because one came after the other or because this one’s old and this one’s new,” Federighi said. Instead, it’s because using a mouse and keyboard just isn’t the same as tapping with your finger. “This device,” Federighi said, pointing at a MacBook Air screen, “has been honed over 30 years to be optimal” for keyboards and mice. Schiller and Federighi both made clear that Apple believes that competitors who try to attach a touchscreen to a PC or a clamshell keyboard onto a tablet are barking up the wrong tree.
“It’s obvious and easy enough to slap a touchscreen on a piece of hardware, but is that a good experience?” Federighi said. “We believe, no.”
Merging would also be “a waste of time” Phil Schiller commented, and from his point of view I can see why. We’ve all seen the hatred of Windows 8 when Microsoft decided to implement tablet software into desktop software. No operation system is going to be perfect for everything, and Apple seems to get this concept.
The vision it seems behind Apple is that every device serves a purpose. We don’t see the iPhone being good for everything, nor the Mac or iPad being good for everything. Each device has its strengths and weaknesses, but yet each device has a purpose to get the productivity done.
As for the future of the Mac? Schiller said that in some ways the success of the iPhone and iPad takes some of the pressure off and “gives us the freedom to go even further on the Mac.” Now the Mac doesn’t have to be all things to all people.
So with OS X 10.10 on the horizon, expect to see some great things with the Mac this year.