Jean-Louis Gassée is back, making his predictions for the future of Apple’s operating system plans, which he sees as heading inexorably to a combined form of iOS becoming Apple’s OS inside all Apple devices.
“Today’s Macintosh is the result of more than a quarter century of evolution, refinement, fixes, and additions. It’s highly functional but complicated, perhaps needlessly so,” he writes. Comparing the OS on a Mac with that of the iPad, he notes that on the iPad things are so transparent users forget there isn’t a Finder, just icons.
While Gassée doesn’t expect any immediate move to march out with a fully combined iOS/OS X hybrid, (the iPad-like improvements within Lion is cited in the report), he argues, “Over time, iOS version 7 or 10 will become the operating system that runs inside most Apple computing devices.”
“The careful application of a common veneer on both Mac and iPads is, in my interpretation, a preparation for a transition to a shared OS, or to variants of the same underlying software engine adapted to the two usage modes: Lean back and lean forward.”