JP Morgan: Apple to launch converged OS X-iOS iPhone, iPad within 12 to 18 months

“Apple’s next big thing could be a combination Mac OS-iOS [sic] [recte OS X-iOS] platform that would let iDevices function as full-blown computers,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET. “At least, that’s the latest forecast from the folks at JP Morgan.

“‘While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer,’ Moskowitz said,” Whitney reports. “The JP Morgan team said it believes Apple could introduce iAnywhere within the next 12 to 18 months. Apple would still maintain its core Mac OS [sic] [recte OS X] platform for traditional Macs.”

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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.MacDailyNews Take, January 9, 2014

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “sudeep” for the heads up.]


  1. When I first read this I screamed “NOOO”. After the abortion that is Windows 8, the last thing I want is that type of convergence. Release an OS and computer that match and don’t try to shoehorn in garbage like Microsoft.

    1. Right. I’m sure Apple is moving the two OSes towards each other, the current state of Window demonstrates that there are plenty of reasons to keep them separate. This is another example of how analysts believe that Apple should follow the bad strategies of other companies. No matter how poorly those efforts are going, analysts and the tech press just keep regurgitating the idea. A few years ago it was “netbooks”. Now it is OS convergence and “hybrids”.

      1. Just because Microsoft can’t build a tablet that pulls this off doesn’t mean Apple can’t. Having two entirely different systems, with things that work one way and then another way, is garbage–only a steppingstone hopefully. We need something fully integrated.

        1. I do tend to agree, the two operating systems are moving together but I would say not beyond what is practical or obstructs the user experience as has been the case with Windows. But as you say there has to be a consistent experience even if it is achieved slightly differently between the two both need to be logical in relation to themselves and each other. And that is why the transference is gradual but at some point a mobile device being iOS, but able to be Mac OS when not mobile does have potential if done correctly and probably with 5 years. Must admit though that this would make sense more with a unified processor environment. Maybe as much as I have doubted the logic of that with the A8 or beyond this will be at least partly feasible for some devices.
          I would say that the Chromebook as well as tablets does at least show that a standard Desktop OS for many can be avoided altogether or for most of the time so an emerging product perhaps based around the Apple TV or mini or the Air could make an impact without the need for full Mac OS in part or in full.

  2. Do these people also announce the merging of the microwave, the toaster, and your oven, every other week?

    Get it through your heads — it’s a terrible idea and it isn’t going to happen.

    Merging codebase just means bloating them all. We already had that era pre snow leopard. We regained so much in performance and space it was wonderful. Can you imagine bloating up your portables with all that wasted space? The inevitable loss of optimization all around would just drag things down.

    The mobile os should and will remain optimized 100% for that usage. It shouldn’t be bloated up with kexts and code for mice, keyboards, etc. We don’t accept the windows surface model with 50% of the device’s storage permanently lost to desktop OS bloat.

    1. While I agree with you as far as how things stand today, it is always a possibility that Apple will figure out how to do it right. If there is anything that apple is about, it’s the user experience. If it isn’t right then they won’t release it. If it is, then we can bet that it will just work, and work well.

      1. Well it isn’t true they won’t release it. Look at the new Pages, scrapping great features such as ability to link text page to page automatically and move pages in the sidebar. And Apple Radio? Stops playing all the time. I have reverted to internet radio much of the time because it rarely stops. We won’t talk about the Final Cut debacle a while ago.

      1. SHIMMER
        –>When combining everything into one might not be the best idea.

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        ~ ~ ~

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        Husband: No, new Shimmer is a dessert topping!

        Wife: It’s a floor wax!

        Husband: It’s a dessert topping!

        Wife: It’s a floor wax, I’m telling you!

        Husband: It’s a dessert topping, you cow!

        Spokesman: [ enters quickly ] Hey, hey, hey, calm down, you two. New Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping! Here, I’ll spray some on your mop.. [ sprays Shimmer onto mop ] ..and some on your butterscotch pudding. [ sprays Shimmer onto pudding ]

        [ Husband eats while Wife mops ]

        Husband: Mmmmm, tastes terrific!

        Wife: And just look at that shine! But will it last?

        Spokesman: Hey, outlasts every other leading floor wax, 2 to 1. It’s durable, and it’s scuff-resistant.

        Husband: And it’s delicious!

        Spokesman: Sure is! Perks up anything from an ice cream sundae to a pumpkin pie!

        Wife: Made from an exclusive non-yellowing formula.

        Husband: I haven’t even touched my pudding and I’m ready for more!

        Wife: But what about black heel marks?

        Spokesman: Dirt, grime, even black heel marks, wipe clean with a damp mop.

        [ Husband accidentally sprays Shimmer onto the floor ]

        Husband: Oh, sorry, honey, I’ll clean that up!

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        [ Spokesman laughs continuously as he approaches the camera ]

        Spokesman: New Shimmer, for the greatest shine you ever tasted!

        [ fade ]

  3. In theory there is nothing wrong with code convergence. It allows one OS to be fully tested with all devices that use that OS, saving time and money for the company. Additionally, it vastly simplifies distribution of applications across devices.

    The reason Windows 8 failed was because Microsoft tried (and largely failed) to make a one size fits all interface. If you use the Metro elements on a tab, it’s very nice. If you use the desktop on Windows, it’s the same old desktop. The problem occurs when you force a user to navigate from Metro to the Desktop just to get something done, via a user route that is totally unintuitive for the device it is being used on (a PC). If Apple keeps the interfaces tailored for each device then it will easily work.

  4. Complete and utter crap.

    This is what Schiller said in an interview.

    Asked about the chances of such a convergence, Schiller had the following to say:

    “We don’t waste time thinking, ‘But it should be one [interface!]‘ How do you make these [operating systems] merge together?’ What a waste of energy that would be.”

  5. With iWork on idevices and iCloud sync the type of “converged MacOS-iOS operating system” they are talking about is not required, or wanted by 99% of people I’ve heard from.
    Apple have taken the interaction/connectivity between iOS and OSX the right way, why would they want to follow the direction of the massive flop that is windows 8??
    I see microsoft ads on tv at least 10 times a day. I’d love to see a graph on windows 8 revenue vs cost. Microsoft is in a bad place ATM moment. Windows 8 isn’t selling and PCs aren’t selling like they used to. They have a reason to try and get a boost in the mobile industry while still milking the windows cash cow. Apple created the mobile industry we have today and Mac sales are climbing. They have no reason for this nonsense

    1. No, we’re not following Microsoft down the worst decision they ever made.

      JP Morgan Chase is attempting follow ups to the worst decisions THEY ever made, circa 2007. These dopes have a death wish. Today’s little venture was a successful attempt at destroying their credibility. √

  6. When JP Morgan understands the technology they profess to coment on, ‘convergence’ might be better elaborated upon in proncipal, perspective and essence. Right now their windows mindset allows them to only speculate and compare to what they think they know.

    Apple has for a long time now been streamlining many iOS and OSX paramaters to seamlessly interact as undifferentiated common denominators with a very clear vision amd plan, which will never be as dumb as windows 8.

  7. Combining code base will inevitibly increase the size of the OS. For mobiles that would be a big problem and even for laptops an issue with 64GB flash in the smallest MBA.
    Apple have been very successful in making both iOS and OSX lean and efficient. I expect they want it to remain that way.
    Of course we should also expect Apple are experimenting with a joint code but implementation may be a very long way away. The success of the Mac in the last 5 years has been down to the Intel processor providing ample supply of components and compatibility with windows. Keeping that compatibility is essential so that users can continue to migrate away from PCs.

  8. JP Morgan? Obviously bullsh*t.

    Apple spoke clearly it’s not planning to make the same mistake as Microsoft did with Windows 8. It’s got 2 strong ecosystems with their respective app stores who can thrive independantly of each other (desktop-mainly OSX and mobile touch-mainly iOS)

  9. I don’t think there is any major demand for computers having multiple OSes by the general consumer public.

    I do have a recent Mac Mini with Mavericks as the main OS but in VMWare Fusion 6 I have Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 virtual machines. I only have them to play around with and compare features so I can get a clear perspective on various modern OSes. They’re a headache to keep constantly updated. I do have some programs on Windows XP I use rather often for subtitle work. I would consider myself unusual, though and I wouldn’t expect most people to have a need for such a thing. Tech-heads believe they need things that most consumers never dream of having.

    Would I buy an Apple computer/device that had both OSX and iOS built into it? Probably. Would I really need it? Hell, no! I wouldn’t dream of Apple ever doing such a thing because the demand would be too low to make any sort of business sense. Microsoft really puzzles me with trying to create do-everything devices. That won’t work on so many levels because it creates so many problems and compromises.

    I don’t want one device that does everything because if it fails, I’m totally screwed. I don’t mind having enough devices where things overlap a bit. However, I can only speak for myself. I feel I know what my needs are in devices.

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