When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is Apple operating systems.
In Steve Jobs' road map when Lion was first presented, he discussed what would later be known as the "Post PC" world. He talked about including lessons from iOS in the new operating system, and highlighted how consumer-centered products were the future.
Now, with Mountain Lion, that convergence grows stronger. With OS X 10.8, many iOS core features like Game Center, Notifications, and Reminders, have made the jump over to OS X, joining the Mac App Store and natural touch scrolling as mobile-inspired developments.
Are the two operating systems set to merge even more? Most minds think yes. But how close will they go? Is a single OS on the horizon? Or will the fear of toasterfridges keep them distinct?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.
|Yes. One OS to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. If people can *develop* *apps* on an iPad, they can do everything else as well.||554 (13.3%)|
|No. Toaster Fridge. I need not say more. General computing will never be eclipsed by an appliance tablet.||394 (9.5%)|
|Yes but expect separate and distinct user interfaces depending on whether the user access the computer in tablet mode or docked to a home computer. Toasters aren't fridges, but both can coexist happily in a kitchen.||1040 (25.0%)|
|Yes and no. I expect OS X to split into consumer and pro lines. The consumer one will merge with iOS but the Pro will always stay general.||236 (5.7%)|
|While I expect a continued migration of frameworks like GameCenter, etc, the two OSes will lead separate but overlapping lives. Converging? Yes. Collision? No.||1704 (41.0%)|
|Siri, where can I buy a bagel?||173 (4.2%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||51 (1.2%)|