With the major revamp made to iOS 7 and with the changes introduced in OS X Mavericks, many had speculated that it would come to the point where Apple would unify both operating systems, kind of like how it has been speculated that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 could eventually merge and form one unified platform. As it stands there is some cross platform functionality and shared features in iOS and OS X, such as the ability to send/receive iMessages along with the notification center, for example. Well for those who are looking forward to iOS and OS X becoming “one” one day, you’d be out of luck because according to Apple’s Phil Schiller, such an endeavor would be a waste of energy.
Speaking with MacWorld, Schiller was quoted as saying, “We don’t waste time thinking, ‘But it should be one [interface!]‘ How do you make these [operating systems] merge together?’ What a waste of energy that would be.” This was echoed by Apple’s software head, Craig Federighi who said, “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. Instead, it’s because using a mouse and keyboard just isn’t the same as tapping with your finger.” What do you guys think? Would you prefer if iOS and OS X merge and become a single platform, or would you prefer keeping things separate but have some cross platform functionality instead?
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