Following rumors of Apple working on a secret project “Marzipan” to enable developers to design and engineer a single application that runs on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices, Tim Cook is denying reports that the company will eventually merge iOS and macOS together.
Speaking within an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Apple CEO said a merger of the two platforms would be a bad decision and would compromise the overall user experience, something Apple isn’t willing to do.
Reports of new developer tools that would integrate iOS with macOS originated from Bloomberg author Mark Gurman who said in December that starting in 2018, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware.
We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two… you begin to make trade offs and compromises. – So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. But that’s not what it’s about. You know it’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don’t think that’s what users want.
While speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tim addressed comments he made several years ago about using an iPad as his primary device…
I generally use a Mac at work, and I use an iPad at home, and I always use the iPad when I’m travelling. But I use everything and I love everything.
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