“There will be a day when our iPads and MacBooks run the same operating system,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “Despite what Tim Cook wants us to believe, the crossover potential is simply too tantalizing for it not to happen; in fact, I’m willing to bet that somewhere deep inside Jony Ive’s laboratory there already exists a machine that merges the best of the mobile and desktop operating systems into a singular first-class experience.”
“But if the Surface and Pixel C have taught us anything, it’s that two worlds aren’t quite ready to meet,” Simon writes. “Even if Apple has dreamed up a technical solution to bring iOS and OS X together under one roof, there are a slew of little wrinkles that need to be ironed out before such a dream machine can even be considered for a keynote slot.”
“It doesn’t take a computer scientist to see that iOS isn’t built for a mouse and OS X isn’t made to be operated with our fingers. So, while a junction may be inevitable, it’s more likely to come after a continued, gradual shift rather than a sudden one,” Simon writes. “Any semblance of convergence needs to begin with a way to meld the disparate ways we interact with out devices. And I think that’s precisely what Apple is trying to do.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Using new input devices and paradigms like the Apple Pencil and the iOS 9 trackpad enabled by 3D Touch* is a sublime and eye-opening experience. Anything is possible and the possibilities are virtually limitless!
*With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, just lightly press on the keyboard with one finger and it becomes a trackpad. It’s beyond useful, makes things like text selection a snap, and points beckoningly (pun intended) to the future!