Taking a closer look at iOS and OS X will reveal how closely similar their features are becoming. People can now find a number of things from the OS X in the iOS and vice versa. Founder of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, thinks that Apple is just a few steps away from creating hybrids of their products. One of which is the MacPhone Air - a combination of the iPhone and the MacBook Air.
Mr Shuttleworth recently tried crowdfunding the Ubuntu Edge phone. The device will function as a double desktop computer. The founder noted Apple's slow adoption of the "hybrid" trend. Many companies have already jumped to combining mobile OS and desktop, but Apple does not seem to catch up just as fast.
According to the prediction, Apple may be looking into venturing in the hybrid market soon. The forecast highlighted Mac and iPhone as the likely candidates. In an interview with PC Pro, Mr Shuttleworth indicated despite failing to reach their goal with Ubuntu Edge, their strategy gained enough interest.
A phone doubling as a desktop computer remains a venture worth pursuing. Mr Shuttleworth also claimed that companies see the concept as adoptable and lucrative soon. He shared his disappointment over not getting the job done with Ubuntu. He related the awareness their venture created with Apple's recent strategies.
Apple claimed their iPhone 5S is running on a "desktop-class processor." The phone featured A7 SoC. Mr Shuttleworth believes that Apple made the call about the phone as a way to hint what was coming. It was a "very clear signal" of Apple's plans to merge the MacBook Air and iPhone very soon.
Still a number of sources disagree. A report noted that Apple could have called the phone running on a "desktop-class processor" to demonstrate the power of the chip. Apple has always been tight lipped about its plans. The company does not drop anything unless they are close to doing it. For example, they do not announce or confirm specs until the launching.
Nonetheless, there can be truth in what Mr Shuttleworth said. The iOS and OS X have slowly been interacting. Both operating systems are taking the time to merge. The two platforms have also become more flexible and welcoming.
If Apple succeeds in combining the MacBook Air and iPhone, then it can be interesting to see how the market will respond. Both devices are best sellers on their own. If Apple can translate the individual successes of the devices to a hybrid, then it can be a game changer.
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