Apple sees the future and it is… iOS
What the most recent iOS upgrade tells us about Mac OS
Apple quietly set the stage for an evolutionary step for its operating systems: on 27 March the company upgraded iOS to the new Apple File System (APFS). The prior file system for iOS was the 31 year-old Hierarchical File System, originally designed for floppy-drive era Macs.
The new APFS is low latency, encrypted, designed for solid state devices, and a long list of other benefits. And APFS will allow iOS 11 to be 64 bit.
But the big picture is that the company is converging OS’s, component by component. And given the new narrative around iPad as espoused by CEO Tim Cook —
The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing
— I can imagine MacOS going away in the near future.
Consider the jankyness of the recent MacBook product release, which pissed off nearly everyone, and simply did not make sense. Why make the ‘top end’ product in the Mac laptop lack connectors to support iPhone?
The simple explanation is that Apple has shifted it focus to the future, and the future is iOS and hybrid tablets, not laptops and desktops.
Watch and see. Apple management will give lip service to the immortality of Mac, but its obsolete, based on a precloud model of computing.
The trend lines — explored wisely by Neil Cybart in Apple Is Pushing iPad Like Never Before — show that the simplified iPad lineup (they dropped the Air), a new narrative and ad campaign, and lowered prices is leading to an uptick in large-format iPads from 2016 to 1Q17:
Keep your eyes on the prize. Apple will be riding the new generation iPad — with smart keyboard and Pencil — into the future, and I may be writing on the last Mac I will ever own.