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. I’ve had a hunch that this is what would happen – Apple unifies iOS and Mac OS in OS XI. I’m guessing we’ve got 3 more versions of Mac OS and iOS, then a convergence on iOS 11, which will be renamed OS XI.

  2. As the media has previously noted:

    I have previously panned convergence attempts by Microsoft, and have said such attempts are “not pleasing to the user.” I compared hybrid tablet-notebook devices to that of selling a refrigerator with toaster functions tacked on the side.

    I have also noted that “Anything can be forced to converge” and that, “The problem is that the products are about tradeoffs. You begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn’t please anyone.”

    Just look at Pages 5! I really don’t know what I was thinking with that one!

  3. I would like to see an A-series chip added to a Mac in addition to the Intel CPU. Talk about the best of both and tremendous power that no other computer maker would easily emulate. And OS X and iOS apps running seamlessly together.

    But I don’t believe that merging OS X and iOS is a good idea. They are still targeted to very different uses, as already explained by many others. I am extremely productive in OS X, and my iOS devices are sidekicks to that. It’s a good combination that works very well. Yes, there’s room for more unification, but not a completely merge.

  4. iOS and OS X are two different UI using two different chipsets for two different purposes = 2 VERY SEPARATE OS.

    The further Apple keeps OS X away from iOS in performance and user customization, the better. Stop dumbing down OS X and stop pretending that iOS is a fully capable computer system. iOS is a walled garden behind a very tightly locked gate, and it should remain the lower-cost media consumer platform as it is.

    If people think that it would be better for iOS to become more capable and “merge” the OS, please tell us why. There is little that can be done on iOS that can’t already be done on a Mac EXCEPT touchscreen functions. If you want Apple to merge the two, Windows 8 RT would be the result — as Apple itself has claimed.

  5. What a crock of shit. Who says there won’t be 10.10 or even some other completely unrelated numbering system for the next re-write of the Mac OS?
    The Mac OS (currently X as in 10) is stable and other than unifying code for common tasks, I don’t think we’ll see any dramatic changes in the short term. But then again, I’m just speculating and know jack about what Apple has planned.

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