In an interview published in The Sydney Morning Herald
today, Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested that Apple is not
working toward eventually running the same operating
system on Macs and mobile devices like the iPhone and
iPad, counter to widespread speculation.
The interview took place at the education-themed event
in Chicago at which Apple unveiled the last iPad. Here's
the relevant quote from Cook:
“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.
So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of
the day. But that's not what it's about. You know it's about giving
people things that they can then use to help them change the
world or express their passion or express their creativity. So
this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don't think
that's what users want.”
Earlier this year, Bloomberg ran a report saying that Apple will
soon unveil tools for developers that will allow deploying an app
for both macOS and iOS machines. Apps that target both
platforms would be usable with either a touchscreen or a mouse/
trackpad, depending on which device launches them. While
some outlets are saying Cook's statement debunks that rumor,
that's not necessarily the case; apps that support macOS/iOS
interoperability don't require a unified operating system.