Apple has a history of making a big splash. In the early 90’s there was the CPU transition from Motorola’s 680xx processor family to the PowerPC. Then there was Steve Jobs coming back as iCEO, then as CEO, and then the iMac — a computer shaped and colored like no other. OS X arrived and iPod+iTunes took the music market by storm. Apple’s latest game changers have been the iPhone and iPad.
Apple knows not only how evolve but how to revolutionize products and industries. The next revolution? OS X Yosemite. While OS X Yosemite may seem like just the next version of OS X, it is much, much more. At the heart of OS X is what Apple calls Continuity.
Continuity extends the Mac into iOS devices and vise versa. Never before will a desktop and mobile OS be so in tune with one another. While other platforms may have bits and pieces of Continuity, no other platform will have the breath and depth of Continuity right out of the box. Continuity is built to make using a Mac, iPhone or an iPad seamless.
Microsoft attempted this idea when it built Windows 8. Windows 8 was to be one platform that worked on any device — desktop and mobile. While the interface concept is debatable, Microsoft’s execution was flawed for a couple of reasons. First, people use touch (mobile) devices vastly differently than desktops. Second, Microsoft was expecting a massive legacy of Windows desktop users to immediately switch to a new paradigm of how to interact with their desktop computer, which didn’t happen.
Apple’s magic with Continuity is migrating data between devices seamlessly, while keeping the OS environments separate. Apple saw the different ways people would use mobile and desktop devices, and solved those problems with a different OS designed for mobile and touch. OS X and iOS, while still separate, are growing closer together over time. Will there come a day where OS X and iOS merge? We’ve joked here at T-GAAP that when iOS reaches version 10, that iOS and OS X will fuse into a single operating system because they both will be labeled “10”. Kidding aside, we don’t think that will ever happen. Apple’s approach is the right way forward — understanding people use keyboards and mice with desktops and fingers and voice with mobile devices. Until that changes, Apple's operating systems will remain distinct and specialized for each type of device.
Developers clearly see the advantage of OS X Yosemite and Continuity. MacDailyNews reports OS X Yosemite developer activity is a 4x the rate of OS X Mavericks. Developers understand the power of Continuity and OS X Yosemite. That is why they are working like never before to develop and integrate their iOS apps into OS X Yosemite.
In addition to developer support, OS X Yosemite will be a huge hit with users because it does not take any effort to use it — Continuity simply happens. Windows desktop owners who use iPhones and iPads will quickly understand the advantages of buying a Mac as their next desktop computer, which today is a chasm too far for many to cross. The seamless integration of Continuity makes buying a Mac a no brainer, and this is why OS X Yosemite is going to be Apple’s biggest OS X release ever.
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