(Disclaimer: I own a very small amount of Apple stock).
If you have followed the direction of Apple with regards to their two operating systems (they have two you know), you have to be aware that aspects of iOS are increasingly showing up in Mac OS X.
That isn’t an accident.
The skills learned in one of the two strengthen your use of the other. They build upon each other.
Many tech pundits have put forward ideas that the two will merge into one. I think that is wrong.
They won’t become a single OS with a common interface. They will become one OS with TWO interfaces.
Here’s why. Here’s how they will do it. If you look at the screen of a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro you can already see how much the screen looks like an iPad.
There is no bezel as such, but a solid piece of glass.
Or, take a look at an iPad. Notice how much it looks like the screen of any of the Mac notebooks? I don’t think that is an accident.
The similarities in Mac OS and iOS are giving us a glimpse of where Apple is going. The iconic computer and handheld maker is developing a unified set of experiences that will be capped by a hybrid tablet and notebook.
No later than 2014 Apple will have perfected a dock/latch to make the screen of a MacBook detachable from the keyboard. The dock/latch will be a technology developed in some measure through the smart cover technology now in use on the iPad.
When the screen/tablet is docked/latched, the operating system will function like a Mac (it will be a Mac). The user experience and user interface, with the screen latched/docked ,will be effectively the successor to the recently released Mountain Lion.
When the screen is detached it will be the successor to the 2012 iPad. The user experience and user interface will be iOS.
Since the processor for a 2014 iPad will be an 8 core ARM processor, the question will be whether or not there will be a second processor in what would be the keyboard or base of the latched/docked notebook. The processing power would not be needed, leaving room for a much larger and longer lasting battery.
Think a week of battery life for the combined device.
Sound fanciful? Perhaps.
But it is one of the few things that makes sense of the increasing merging of Mac OS and iOS. If it happens, remember: You read it here first!
What do you think? Sound too crazy?