Tim Cook: Apple won't water down iOS and MacOS by merging them

Joanna Estrada
April 20, 2018

In December, Bloomberg echoed long-existing rumours when it claimed Apple wanted to merge iOS and MacOS apps sometime in 2018 so that developers could create a single app that'd run across both operating systems.

However it should be noted that Mark Gurman of Bloomberg had revealed previous year Apple's alleged plans of allowing developers to create apps that run on both iOS and Android. When asked about a merger between MacOS and iOS in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Apple chief said: "We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other". 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 almost as successful as the iOS flavored App Store has been. Merging the two would force Apple, in the CEO's words, "to make trade offs and compromises".

Cook speaks slowly and deliberately, as one would expect of the CEO of the most profitable company on the planet. This would enable iOS apps which are made for the iPhone and iPad, to also work on the computers and laptops offered by Apple. 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.

According to ArsTechnica, Cook's statement may not necessarily mean that the macOS/iOS interoperability would be a dead project. Commentators (myself included) were quick to speculate that, should Apple make its own Mac CPUs, it would base them on ARM in part to bring macOS and iOS closer together. It already has years of experience engineering ARM chips for iOS devices, and there are serious roadblocks to moving forward with an x86-64 architecture instead, barring an unlikely acquisition of AMD. Cook said that both operating systems are "incredible", because Apple pushed them to do the things they do well.

I generally use a Mac at work, and I use an iPad at home. But I use everything, and I love everything.

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