Why Mac OS and iOS Won't Be Merging Any Time Soon

Why Mac OS and iOS Won't Be Merging Any Time Soon

With last week's release of the iPad Pro, complete with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, it's logical to see the lines blurring between iOS devices and Macs. Especially since the underlying hardware of iOS devices is almost as powerful as that of desktop computers. Many apps that used to operate strictly in the realm of desktop computers, including those from Microsoft and Adobe, are now available for iOS. Microsoft has gone all in on a combined phone/tablet/PC strategy. And Apple now has one developer program instead of a separate one for Mac and another one for iOS. 

In a recent interview with Ireland's the Independent, Apple CEO Tim Cook observed "It’s true that the difference between the X86 and the A-series is much less than it’s ever been. That said, what we’ve tried to do is to recognize that people use both iOS and Mac devices. So we’ve taken certain features and made them more seamless across the devices. So with things like Handoff, we just made it really simple to work on one of our products and pick it up and work on the next product."

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It would be logical to think Apple would want to consolidate its two platforms. However, Tim Cook is showing no inclination toward such a merge, stating "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad. Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways."

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