Monday, August 31, 2015

Apple Should Allow iOS Apps to Run on 12" MacBook

Everyone knows that Apple has breathed new life into the PC and, specifically, notebook market with the newish 12" MacBook with Retina display, known as the rMB in the Mac circle. As great as the new Apple product is, it has considered woefully underpowered and the battery life is not living up to real world expectations.

With new Skylake chips from Intel on the horizon, many, including myself are hoping that Apple will upgrade the rMB with the newer Intel chips and provide us with greater processing power and longer battery life. And while it is a fast selling device especially among those who had been waiting for Apple to upgrade the MacBook Air with Retina displays, the 12" screen on the rMB would be a perfect size for Apple to further solidify its offering and allow users to run iOS apps natively though emulation, or less likely, the addition of a native A series chip that powers iOS devices.

And yes, it is wishful thinking but iOS has grown immensely in sophistication and iOS apps have become indispensable to users. A hybrid iOS-OS X machine would give users an integration between the two worlds, iOS devices and MacBooks.

In all likelihood, something like this is going to happen. And should take place as Microsoft is going down this route with Windows 10. I am not suggesting that Apple should do this because Microsoft is doing it but it should do it because as data migrate from local media onto the cloud, such a hybrid device should help Apple users adjust to this evolving computing scheme and giving purely iOS device users a reason to move into the Mac world.

Furthermore, there has been talks that Apple might release a new iPad with a bigger screen. While Apple will be arming it with new features specific to it, it's 2015 and you have to wonder if it makes sense to continue to draw a distinction between iOS and OS X. What would happen next year with iOS 10 when Apple gives the iPad ability to be controlled with a mouse or even the Magic Pad.

Let's see what happens when Apple releases the new iPads and the next 9 months as we move into the next WWDC (Apple's developer conference that takes place at the beginning of June every year) with the introduction of the next iOS and OS X. Don't be surprised if we see Apple blur the line further between its two OS's.

And there is another main benefit: there won't be two distinct teams working in parallel and separately on the two operating systems. It could save time and resources when Apple moved to merge the two OS.

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