Tim Cook says iOS will not merge with Mac OS

Tim Cook says iOS will not merge with Mac OS
At the end of last year, Bloomberg disseminated a story saying that Apple would combine iOS and Mac OS so that developers can create one version of an app that would work on an iPhone, iPad and a Mac. The app would be able to run on a touchscreen device or on a computer using a mouse and keyboard. This was supposed to be available to Apple customers some time early this year. Of course, as you no doubt figured out, Apple never implemented this strategy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the reasons why Apple keeps iOS and Mac OS separate in an interview published in Thursday's Sydney Morning Herald. Cook said that both operating systems are "incredible," because Apple pushed them to do the things they do well. Merging the two would force Apple, in the CEO's words, "to make trade offs and compromises."


This all sounds contrary to Bloomberg's December 2017 report, which stated that Apple was working on a plan called "Marzipan" which reportedly involved combining the Mac OS and iOS codebases. But after Cook's denial, what we could see is Apple allowing iOS and Mac OS developers to share tools. This might give iOS developers the incentive to write apps for Mac OS. While this wouldn't be the same as iOS and Mac OS users downloading universal apps, it might help Apple get the Mac App Store going; the latter hasn't been nearly as successful as the iOS flavored App Store has been.

source: SMH

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22 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

That's a shame. There goes my hope for a ipad/macbook convertible

12. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Yea sad thing for apple.Microsoft will join this OS war with google on fushcia OS on all platforms of devices with one universal app store.Google will ditch chrome os and android once fushcia os is fully develop if everything goes according to rumours & leaks.I dont mind combining of computer n mobiles appstore at all with programmes only function on computer,laptop.

13. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

If apple not do it,Msft n google will do it togehter with thier new windows polaris n fushcia os since mac os n chrome os are like failure of windows phones only.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"to make trade offs and compromises." Apple's wheelhouse right there... But don't bother making something people want, makes sense.

3. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

And what architecture are they to use? What a silly speculation. Apple is so money-minded. If it's involved something complicated but doesn't generate mountain cash it won't do it.

21. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It's a business i bet if it was Samsung you would go praising it. Smh.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Good decision Tim. iOS is made for touch interfaces and to do different set of tasks than Mac OS. Keep them separate if you want to keep things simple and elegant. If you just want to make a mess combine those two.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

There is a simple "Chrome OS" way. But I fully understand, they are not willing to go that way. You want iPad - buy iPad, wanna Macbook - buy Macbook as well. It's a good business strategy because customers are willing to comply.

9. potatotree

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 07, 2018

Agreed but I feel like Chrome OS on a phone will just end up another failed OS like Windows Phones

6. Cat97

Posts: 1970; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Instead, Apple will retire the MacOS and convert all MacBooks to ARM-based glorified iPads with keyboards, and everything will run a multi-window version of iOS. Remember this in 3 years.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

They'd lose millions of customers in various industries worldwide. I doubt it.

14. DolmioMan

Posts: 345; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

I’ll remember how ridiculous that is.

17. Taquidi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Yes, Microsoft did that with Surface and multiplatform Windows, it worked so well everyone on earth use those now, it's a huge sucess. Wait....

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Other reasons not to do it: 1. If you started merging the two the user experience would change, sending millions of users into a state of panic. 2. If you allowed for universal apps on both OSes, you wouldn't be able to make money off selling it on both and Apple doesn't wanna miss out on money. 3. Knowing Apple trying to merge the two would be a disastrous experience, they can't even do decent upgrades for iOS currently, just imagine what would happen if they attempted this. They probably couldn't even get it to boot up.

10. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That is organizational talk. Very soon, they will say they want to merge both OS.

11. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think Microsoft was rumored for a long time to merge PC and mobile and didn't succeed, also independent companies tried to use Android as PC OS but didn't have much succeed. I think each platform should have its own OS, that will be more appropriate.

15. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

they can do it. they don't want to. Windows had already beat them with the ability to switch between Desktop mode and tablet mode, and the app store apps are suitable for windows tablet mode.

16. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The tablet portion to windows is a horrifying experience in my opinion and takes away from windows 10.

19. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

are you serious? Some people really don't understand what good user experience means.

22. tntwit

Posts: 83; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

We have 2-in-1 Windows 10 computers as well as an iPad and I can tell you that, while I appreciate the tablet mode option, it is a poor experience compared to the iPad. It seems to make it clear why Apple hasn't jumped into this, but i do think they need to figure out how to merge the operating systems. Eventually the mobile devices will be powerful enough to run the desktop software and it seems it would add a great deal of versatility to devices such as tablets. Apple can say it all they want, but an iPad cannot replace a desktop operating system for a lot of people.

18. midan

Posts: 3100; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This makes lot of sense, only fraction of iOS users owns Mac.

20. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Does anyone take Apple's word seriously? They always deny everything then do it.

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