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Apple CEO Dashes Hopes of macOS-iOS Marriage

Apple won't be fusing macOS and iOS anytime soon, despite rumors that it may one day be the case. At least, that's what we can gather from an interview CEO Tim Cook gave to the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia.

"We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other," Cook said. "Both [The Mac and iPad] 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."

He went on: "So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don't think that's what users want."

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If this line of thinking sounds familiar, it was in 2012 that Cook likened 2-in-1 devices to combining two random appliances. "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but you know those things are not going to be probably be pleasing to the user," said Cook during an earnings call.

In December, a Bloomberg report suggested Apple is working on a project internally called Marzipan, which would unify the macOS and iOS codebase to run iOS apps on Mac laptops and desktops. That would stop short of a merger that runs both on Macs and iPads.

Additionally, a more recent report suggests that Apple may be moving away from Intel's chips, and an Apple-created CPU might be engineered to run both types of software after all.

But for now, you won't see macOS on an iPad or iOS on a Mac, but the software itself may be what makes the move between platforms.

This article was originally published on Laptop Mag.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.

  • PS_STI
    Why would anyone need the integration? I mean in fact: MORE integration? The systems are already integrated to the optimum degree and as a heavy user of both I find it hard to figure out what additional value further integration would bring.

    The only thing that comes to my mind, but not to my "user's mind", but my "business mind", is cutting down on time and costs on development two separate apps - if the systems are integrated, I presume one app would suffice and I guess it would be cheaper and faster to develop than two separate ones.