Tim Cook: Apple won't water down iOS and MacOS by merging them

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2018

One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. "And if you begin to merge the two, you begin to make trade-offs and compromises".

Cook speaks slowly and deliberately, as one would expect of the CEO of the most profitable company on the planet. But that's not what it's about.

"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", the Apple chief executive said.

He went on: "So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don't think that's what users want".

Ultimately, however, it's important to note that by adding support for cross-platform apps, Apple isn't merging macOS and the iPad in any way, shape, or form.

Apple competitor Microsoft began the process of merging its tablet and desktop software long ago-a process that is mostly complete. That would stop short of a merger that runs both on Macs and iPads. By which I mean, he just denied that Apple was looking to bring iPad apps to the Mac.

Offering his own personal experience on the matter, Cook said that he typically uses a Mac at work and an iPad when traveling or relaxing at home. "But I use everything and I love everything", Cook continued.

Following a recent Apple event in Chicago, where the tech giant outlined its plans for a renewed push into the education sector, I had the opportunity to briefly talk with Cook.

Apple still sees tablets and laptops as different devices for different situations, and Cook believes that trying to serve both devices with the same operating system would result in too many compromises, at least for now.

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