For those of us with too many decades behind us, we can ask the question more appropriate to aging boomers who also use a Mac. ‘Where were you when Apple announced the Mac in 1984?‘ The Mac is almost 30 years old. What’s next?
Past Is Prologue
If what’s past is prologue, thank you, William Shakespeare, then history will set the context for the present, and the present, of course, sets context for the future.
The Mac is just about 30 years old. During those three decades, the Mac, in one form or another, has supported multiple operating systems (sometimes multiple at the same time).
There was the classic Mac OS which we endured in various and troublesome incarnations from 1984 to 2001.
Then along came OS X and with it options to run other operating systems either separately on a Mac or both at the same time within OS X.
OS X hasn’t been around as long as classic Mac OS, but the changes through the years have been monumental. Is it time to say ‘Goodbye to OS X?‘
The rule of thumb here is that when a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is ‘No!’ That holds true here, too. Apple has become a master at evolving the OS X species year after year, avoiding the pitfalls of huge monolithic upgrades to the future from the past.
Evolutionary, My Dear Watson
What’s interesting about the evolution of OS X is how friendly it has become (thanks to the influence and popularity of iOS), and the fact that Apple dropped the name ‘Mac’ from Mac OS X in favor of simply OS X. I’m not sure what that name change implies, but it should be obvious that Apple’s mainstay OS could be in for a future of changes a few years down the road.
For now, there’s a gap between Macs and iPhones and iPads. iOS is at version 7.x, and I can foresee a merge in the future called iOS X which runs iOS apps on all Apple devices with a touchscreen, and OS X on devices in the iPad size category.
Alright, iOS X is a stretch, but remember that Apple sometimes makes dramatic changes and can turn on a dime. Witness the introduction of Macs with Intel-based CPUs back in 2007.
It could happen.