Apple CEO Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple merging iOS and OS X to create a single category of device. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cook said that such a device would be too compromised.

“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” said Cook. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”

He said that some were reading too much into the way Apple has brought the two platforms closer together …

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It’s true that the difference between the X86 and the A-series is much less than it’s ever been. That said, what we’ve tried to do is to recognise that people use both iOS and Mac devices. So we’ve taken certain features and made them more seamless across the devices. So with things like Handoff we just made it really simple to work on one of our products and pick it up and work on the next product.

While there have been repeated rumors of converged devices, with some suggesting that the iPad Pro might run OS X as well as iOS, Tim Cook has previously said that such a device is unlikely to be appealing.

You can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but these things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.

Cook also clarified his earlier comments, in which he asked why anyone would buy a PC any more, telling the Independent that he was using the term to refer only to Windows PCs, not to Macs.

“We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same,” he said.

Cook said that he was optimistic about Apple’s ability to reverse the decline in iPad sales, noting that now travels only with an iPad Pro and iPhone.

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