What comes after OS X?

“With OS X nearing the end of its life cycle, it’s perfect timing to start thinking about merging OS X and iOS,” Brian Meyer writes for OS X. ” With a completely new major version of Mac OS coming up, and fairly constant major versions of iOS happening all the time, it’s easy to see that a merge could be hiding down he road.”

“The iPhone 5S has a new, extremely powerful 64-bit processor in it, which shows that iOS is ready to run on desktop machines and handle apps with a 64-bit architecture,” Meyer writes. “Right now it’s amazing when a desktop and iOS app work seamlessly with one another, but with a merger of operating systems, this would be the norm.”

Meyer writes, “With Apple having so much success with both their operating systems, it makes sense that OS 11 (or Xi, maybe?) could at least use iOS as it’s backbone, similar to how the Apple TV uses iOS but does not look similar to the iPhone OS in the least.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either.


  1. Without doubt, convergence is upon us… And the future is digital! Everything will converge in a Digital Home – lights, computers, TV’s, oven – to name a few gadgets that are in place …It will be a full realization of a “Digital House”

  2. As long as we don’t go the way of Windows 8 forcing desktops to work like tablets maybe. But Apple said that won’t work and Microsoft’s windows 8 failure has proven that.
    I prefer to keep the OS’s separate myself.

  3. What’s the hurry? Why do the pundits always push and push and push for a complete revamp of what’s working? A paradigm shift like the iPhone isn’t going to happen every year, so stop acting like the new normal is to throw out the book every six months and start over from scratch. And why is it that these people are saying that convergence will be so great? To me it sounds like taking choices away to make complicated processes dumbed down to the lowest common denominator.

    In the USA, 30% of Americans don’t believe evolution is real, say that climate change is a Liberal conspiracy and the President is a muslim. I really don’t want all of Apple’s incredible technology dumbed down for them.

  4. They already have ios/osx running together internally for years now, ya just have to have a use for it.are the apps on ios equivalent for desktop use? games, possibly? What I want to see is Home on the Ipod developing(Your desktop home account fully accessible mobily, via cloud/ encrypted folder on ios) . An another note Blustacks, is there a huge need for it? what are the benefits, all these can be used to describe ios on mac as well.

  5. (I’m not a software expert so those who are expert coders etc bear with me )

    What I want in the future of OSX and iOS (merge or not) is that it be a (for want of a better name) ‘LAYERED’ OS in the sense that it should be simple for newbies and casual users yet deep enough for power users.

    For example it should have a great filing system. I sometimes work on 3D projects and files get complicated with objects, scenes etc liked to each project. I hope they don’t dumb down filing system for OSX to make it simpler (for power users iOS filing and use iTunes is pretty cumbersome) or force OS X apps to be simpler.

    Tablets and Phones can’t (from my understanding) deal with really complex systems simply due to power constraints (as well as windows size etc) so trying to simplify OSX to make it ‘one’ with iOS seems unwise to me.

    From listening to various people Apple seems to be dumbing down various pieces of software (like Pages) to make them more iOS like and higher end users are not happy.

    I want a LAYERED OS: easy for newbies but deep enough for those who need to access more sophisticated functions. Nay to ‘simple’ Toaster Fridges .

    1. What OSX 10+ needs is what is totally lacking in iOS, namely a way to group data in a project oriented fashion.

      This is quite the oposite of app-centric grouping.

      Think about web links, pdfs, images, emails relevant to a certain topic, all kinds of documents: plain text, word prossesing docs, spreadsheets, xcode projects, data bases, …

      Right now we all use our homebrew kludges, involving e.g., aliases, which often get broken with major system updates, migrating to a new Mac,…
      Maybe it is time for Apple to come up with a robust solution, and fix iOS (big time) to address the lack of even browsing external file systems, let alone a project centric data organization.

  6. My Macbook Air does not need to be touch based. You see what happened to Microslut when they went down this path with Winblows 8? Utter failure, train wreck. No way, keep OSX and iOS separate, they both serve their purpose quite well, at least at this point in time.

  7. Assuming keeping the visual interfaces separate is a good thing, iOS and OS X are already well merged. What’s left to do in merging is subtle stuff: like making native apps function more seamlessly between the two OS’s, better iCloud syncing, making it even easier for developers to reuse code for both OS’s, and weening OS X off things like Java and Flash and Carbon. Apple has already been doing this merge incrementally, and will keep doing it that way. There’s no big drastic changes left to make in this merge that warrant new operating system – no smart changes anyway.

    There’s a lot more innovations left to be done in making the operating systems unique – like making OS X work more like personal server, able to offload work and data from mobile devices to save there limited space and battery life, and making iOS work more like a remote control, allowing convenient control of other web connected gadgets in your life.

  8. This article has stirred up quite a dialog. My unscientific poll result is people don’t want this.
    Well it all started with Lion.

    Fortunately I missed that version and waited for Mountain Lion. But when I started up ML I got the scrolling whammy. After so many years scrolling was reversed so that it would be like the iPad. That is straight from the Genius Bar.

    By the time I unchecked all of mouse gestures and removed the Launch Pad icon from the dock I realized the scrolling issue was a done deal so I buckled under and retrained myself. Now the older issue is when I get on a pre Lion machine I have to retrain again.

    Don’t you see that the merge has already started? If we don’t voice our opinion now it just might come to be.

    I love the Apple tailored version of Free BSD/Darwin and the GUI that runs over the top of it. But if I wanted an iPad I would have bought one by now. (I’m still upset that the 17″ MBP was killed.) Hell the fact that OS X is Unix based is the reason I switched to a Mac.

    I am retired now and just a consumer and more of a hardware guy. But I still know what I like. It does’t matter what CPU Apple puts into the upcoming versions of their hardware as long as they stop trying to make OS X look and function like IOS.

    I’ll step down from my soapbox now that I have registered my opinon as a consumer of Apple products. (;- >

  9. An UNIMAGINATIVE tech analyst at work, ho hum:

    With OS X nearing the end of its life cycle… <–NO IT'S NOT!

    …it’s perfect timing to start thinking about merging OS X and iOS <–NO IT'S NOT! Lord forbid.

    Folks, OS X is UNIX. You don't get any better than UNIX, not so far. So stuff any ideas of de-UNIX-ifying OS X! Give me UNIX or give me Linux! 😉

    What is iOS? It's Minimalized, granny-proof OS X optimized for touch devices. And it's going to STAY THAT WAY (I emphatically insist)!!!

    What's actually coming after OS X is a 3D interactive revision of OS X. I have no idea what Apple's going to call it. OS XI is fine with me.

    Of course, I've been pushing for 3D elements in OS X for at least a decade now. OpenGL and Scene Kit are integral to OS X and fully enable 3D GUI element programming. Every current Mac has excellent GPU hardware. Why Apple hasn't already jumped off the 2D wagon isn't clear to me.

    But what is clear is that Apple innovated touch GUI interaction out of the doldrums of past two decades and made it integral to Apple gear. They've also been patenting the hell out of gesture technologies, clearly in preparation for aerial 3D GUI manipulation.

    Now's the time Apple. 3D the GUI already!
    (To be fair, Apple has occasionally tossed in some fun 3D effects. Examples: The Fast User Switching cube; 3D flyover views in Maps…).



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