Apple might be heading where Microsoft had been trying to be with Windows 9 — Unifying OS on all platforms.
Apple had already taken the first step with OSX Lion where it dropped the “Mac” branding and brought iOS like launcher for system wide apps. Of course there are more features like switching between apps that is iOS inspired, but its far from being exactly like iOS.
One of the investors has made the claim of Apple’s upcoming integration of all OSes in 2012. He claims that merging the two OS would lead to “synergies,” including better gross margins and an ease in licensing of content. Imagine the possibilities and convenience it can bring — Same app running on all platforms, tuned just for different screen sizes. With iCloud coming, it makes even more sense. Apple customers would be able to then experience TV shows and movies and such, stored in the company’s “iCloud,” across phone, tablet, or, eventually, Apple TV, and get the same licensed content.
“Users want to be able to pick up any iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or turn on their iTV) and have content move seamlessly between them and be optimized for the user and the device currently being used”, all of that is possible, but it would be better done with all platforms unified from ground-up into a single OS.
“We believe Apple is looking to merge iOS (iPhones/iPads) with OS X (Macs) into a single platform for apps and cloud services starting in 2012-13.”
Misek says that Macbook Air would get Apple’s next processor “A6” in the 2nd half of 2012. A6 would debut first in late 2012 or 2013 in “iPad 3” or “iPad 4” (assuming iPad 3 comes in Q4 2011), and in the “iPhone 5” next summer. The upcoming iPhone would be just called iPhone 4S.
If he’s to be trusted, Macbook Pro would, however, run OSX till 2016, as Apple provides a smoother curve for Professionals to migrate to iOS styled desktops. A6 processors would be quad core and would be first System on a chip to run both on DEsktop and mobile platforms.
This unified OS would pave way to boost in sales for both the devices alike. The idea seems very much possible, we’ll have to wait for a year to see where its heading.