I've long said that Mac OS X and iOS would merge at some point. While I've been wrong so far, I think there's fresh evidence of Apple
As TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld writes it, Apple leaves behind a team that's 100% focused on winning in the post-PC era. An era in which every electronic device can have a brain, and with a brain become a specialized computer built to accept specialized apps. Thus, creating the brain -- i.e., a low-power, high-function chip architecture -- becomes a priority.
To be fair, there's no rule that says a chip architecture needs just one operating system. Intel
But if Apple's vision really is to create an ecosystem of devices connected through one chip architecture, doesn't it follow that having a centralized OS and App Store would also make sense? CEO Tim Cook could then focus significant resources on hardware design, knowing all the while that the essential guts for its devices were 100% compatible.
Think of TVs talking with Macs while also talking with tablets and game consoles. We could call it the living room of the future. Or perhaps "iLife," the home game. Either way, it's a cool concept that puts TechCrunch's report in context.
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