CNET reports that JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz forecasts that Apple will release a converged iOS/OS X device he has dubbed the iAnywhere.
While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer
This is a variation on earlier claims that a larger iPad – widely dubbed the iPad Pro – could also run both operating systems. I’ve written at length about this idea, so won’t rehearse the arguments again here, I shall simply counter with a few quotes from Apple …
Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical … it doesn’t work. It’s ergonomically terrible.
Tim Cook on Windows 8 laptop/tablet devices:
You can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but these things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.
“The reason OS X has a different interface than iOS isn’t because one came after the other or because this one’s old and this one’s new,” Federighi said. Instead, it’s because using a mouse and keyboard just isn’t the same as tapping with your finger.
Some kind of hybrid device somewhere down the line, maybe. But an iAnywhere anytime soon, no.