Tim Cook Says Apple Customers Don't Want iOS And macOS To Merge
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Cook argued that a merger between iOS and macOS would be more convenient, but would lead to a decline in the overall quality. He remarked, “We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [the
Cook’s clarification is in response to rumors that Apple is working on a project called “Marzipan”. This program would merge the codebase for iOS and macOS apps. According to Apple analyst Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, “...software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad...”
Cook may believe that Apple customers do not want a unified OS now, but Apple has been known to change their tune. Steve Jobs remarked as late as 2010 that “if you see a stylus, they blew it.” Four years later Apple received a patent for their own stylus.
Apple’s lack of OS unification contrasts with Microsoft’s tactics. Microsoft has released various versions of Windows for different architectures, but overall many of its devices are able to function as both a laptop and tablet. Apple has not released a laptop with a touchscreen and it appears that it has no immediate plans to do so.