Under the hood, these operating systems are very close cousins. They share many frameworks and many APIs. Sure, there are differences, particularly in system services, multitasking support, and windowed UIs. Apple said, though, that Lion was designed to integrate the best features of iOS.
Could the two grow even closer? Will we be seeing a merged universal Apple OS in the next few years? Or will we see more platform definition as the operating systems grow apart?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.
|They will continue as is, as cousin operating systems that share some technologies. No merging.||1312 (27.9%)|
|Some major frameworks like UIKit will make the jump to OS X, pushing out AppKit, but beyond that the two will remain distinct.||1231 (26.2%)|
|They will start to merge, with a unified operating system appearing in the next five years.||1927 (41.0%)|
|They are on a path to diverge further, even though they share many underlying frameworks.||145 (3.1%)|
|Something else. I will tell you in the comments.||82 (1.7%)|