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Mac OS X and iOS both on a Mac?

I’ve surmised that future versions of Mac OS X would include elements of iOS (the operating system formerly known as iPhone OS) and I still think it will. However, two other folks have offered an interesting alternative: iOS running along Mac OS X on a Mac.

“MacNews” reader Loren Kruse made this prediction: “The next iMac will be a touch enable computer either through the screen or through a multi-touch tablet and will have Mac OS X along with IOS built in. This would greatly increase the marketing potential for the apps and advertising.”

And in a “ZDNet” column (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/ios-4-on-a-mac/8609), tech writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes said he thought we might see iOS running alongside Mac OS X proper.

“Pre iPad, it made little sense for Apple to even think of putting the iPhone OS on the Mac, since the apps were specifically designed for a small screen. But with the iPad, Apple is now building quite a repository of apps designed for a far bigger screen,” he writes. “It’s not hard to imagine apps designed for the iPad such as iWorks or Documents to Go working on a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Rather than being driven by a touchscreen, the OS would simply take commands via the keyboard and trackpad. The iOS could be a dual boot OS on a Mac, but what would really integrate the iOS with Mac OS would be if iOS were also accessible via Mac OS.”

I imagine that it will be the latter or else that, as I’ve said, Mac OS X and iOS will trade off features. However, I can’t imagine a Mac that would dual boot into Mac OS X or iOS. They’ll run concurrently.

As Kingsley-Hughes says, “the addition of iOS on a Mac would be a value add to an existing platform, rather than a replacement for an iPhone or iPad.”

— Dennis Sellers

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