August 3, 2011

Analyst Makes Unfounded, Silly Claim (Surprise)

Ed Sutherland, writing for Cult of Mac:

“Now that Lion on your Mac looks just like iOS on your mobile device, Apple is now considering dropping its desktop and laptop software in favor of a single OS platform based on apps and the cloud. The idea has so many advantages, an OS merger is likely to begin next year.

The iCloud service will be at the core of Apple’s unified theory, allowing users to logon to a device and have their apps and content be tailored to the iPhone, iPad or Mac. Already, an A6 quad-core processor is in testing, the first cpu capable of powering both mobile and desktop machines, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.”

I just don’t see this happening any time soon. Problem: the file system. iOS does a great job of removing the file system from the user’s view. iCloud will let users access their files on Macs, iPads and iPhones without regard to where they reside.

Yet some Mac users need to know where their data is, need to manipulate the file system, and don’t want all the details hidden as they are by iOS. That’s why OS X is still a great tool for them. Eliminating that capability for Mac users is a mistake.

In his last WWDC appearance, Steve Jobs said (at the 2:35PM mark) that Apple has been looking for a way to get rid of the file system for ten years, so it makes sense that an iOS takeover will happen someday. I just don’t believe that day will come next year.