Apple: Merging Mac OS X and iOS Would be "A Waste of Energy"

By Gerald Lynch on at

As Apple's focus in recent years has shifted from desktop interests to mobile ones, there has been much speculation over a potential merging of the OS X and iOS platforms. Heck, OS X Mavericks seemed to take most of its best ideas from the mobile operating system. But, on the 30th birthday of the Macintosh, Apple has moved to quash rumours of an eventual merger of the two.

Speaking to MacWorld, Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, laughed off the suggestion.

"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," he said.

Senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, echoed the sentiment, stating that "the reason OS X has a different interface than iOS isn't because one came after the other or because this one's old and this one's new", but that using a mouse and keyboard as opposed to a finger tap allows for completely different user experiences, tailored to each platform.

"You don't want to say the Mac became less good at being a Mac because someone tried to turn it into iOS. At the same time, you don't want to feel like iOS was designed by [one] company and Mac was designed by [a different] company, and they're different for reasons of lack of common vision.

"So you'll see them be the same where that makes sense, and you'll see them be different in those things that are critical to their success."

It's an interesting read, particularly given Apple's two operating systems have seen the lines between the two increasingly blur over the past year. Give it a full read at the source. [MacWorld]

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