With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, “Oh, macOS is East, and iOS is West, and never the twain shall meet.” In essence, that’s what Apple CEO Tim Cook says about the future of the company’s two most popular operating systems.
It’s all about compromises and blah blah blah that iOS 14.x won’t evolve into macOS Lower Bakersfield because one does its job better on its own platform. Fair enough. I understand the sentiment. That’s why Windows 10 sucks as a tablet OS that runs at bicycle training wheels speed on ARM-based chips. What else?
Color me cynical but I have yet to be a part of any Apple focus group or a survey taker so I think Apple’s designers, engineers, and executives kind of make up what they think customers want. How else do you explain the current Mac Pro trash can? “Can’t figure out what customers want, my ass!”
Cook thinks both macOS and iOS live in different parts of the same world and never shall their twains meen. Peter Wells:
Cook speaks slowly and deliberately, as one would expect of the CEO of the most profitable company on the planet. It is not just the sharemarket that makes him tread carefully, he must also feel the weight of countless Mac pundits who interpret his every word for clues about the future leanings of the famously secretive company.
He’s talking about me. I’m a customer. And a pundit. And that’s the proper order. I likes what I likes and I calls ’em likes I sees ’em. So to speak.
We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.
Alright, I buy the sentiment. A Mac is not an iPad. So why is there an iPad commercial with a kid roaming around all over town using iPad like a computer even without knowing what a computer is? Apple put Bluetooth in an iPad and it didn’t take long for users to figure out how to attach a wireless keyboard.
And, speaking of keyboards, Apple sells one– about the most expensive you can find without looking too hard– and expects iPad customers to use it, which makes the device run and work and play more like a Mac.
Without all the keyboard shortcuts and mouse or trackpad navigation elements built into macOS from forever ago. Come on, Tim, iPad and iOS need those things. Surely iOS 14 and macOS Lower Bakersfield can get that close without touching, right?
Mark Gurman, the guy who collects leaked Apple secrets for a living, thinks app development for iOS and macOS is about to change.
Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware, according to people familiar with the matter.
That’s fine with me. But I’m telling you, iOS needs to have keyboard (and trackpad-or-mouse)-centric screen navigation and that means making iOS work more like macOS. They don’t have to touch, Tim, but it’s OK for one to borrow from the other in reverse.