Apple CEO, Tim Cook, sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about some of the reasons Apple thought it was a good idea to bring the iPad and iPhone experience to Mac OS X in Mountain Lion.
Cook spoke about how apple plans to let iOS and OSX to co-exist, while merging the user experience:
“We see that people are in love with a lot of apps and functionality here,” said Mr. Cook, 51 years old, pointing at his iPhone. “Anywhere where that makes sense, we are going to move that over to Mac.” [...] Mr. Cook said he already thinks of Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems “as one with incremental functionality.” He said both laptops and tablets will continue to coexist, but he didn’t rule out that the technologies could converge further.
He also spoke about Apple possibly using their own integrated SoC (system-on-a-chip) on all their mobile and desktop products.
When asked if Apples iPhones, iPads and Macs might run the same microprocessor chips, he said: “We think about everything. We don’t close things off.”
When asked if he was worried that iPads sales might overtake Mac sales, Cook started that iPhone and iPad users move to the Mac after realizing how much better a user-experience the devices provided.
Mr. Cook said the Mac remains an “incredibly important” part of the company and that it is already benefiting from the success of the iPhone, particularly in China, where Mac sales doubled last year. “They know about Apple and what Apple stands for,” he said. “Then they search out and look for the Mac.”
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is supposed to be released some time this summer, integrating the Mac and iOS experiences more closer than before, bringing messages, reminders, the notification center and more.
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