Contrary to the belief in the industry, Apple is not merging the kernels of iOS and macOS anytime soon according to CEO Tim Cook. According to him, the merger would force the company “to make trade-offs and compromises” on both operating systems.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Cook was quoted saying that both operating systems are incredible in their own right, and merging the two will not be beneficial to the customers in the long run. Having two separate operating systems also means that the company will be able to push performance better from each of them individually.
Tim Cook was also quoted saying, “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 this doesn’t rule out the integration of the two OS completely, it does set the tone of Apple maintaining two separate OS for its mobile and PC line. While the latter is stealing ideas from the former in terms of efficiency and implementation of certain features such as apps and battery saving technologies, we may never see a 2-in-1 from Apple in the near future. Which is a shame as designers and artists would be first in line to get a tablet macOS device for their work flow.