Thursday, October 28, 2021

Masbad: The homogenization of Apple

Wacky Tech

EARLY this week, Apple did an online event announcing the latest and greatest across all their device operating systems. And there are a lot of updates, mind you. Some are novel. Some are ideas taken from the competition and given that Apple pizzaz.

The biggest announcement they made though was in relation to Apple leaving behind Intel and opting to make their own processors for their laptops and desktops. The new processors, which they call Apple Silicon, are based on ARM architecture. Consequently, the new processors are all going to be similar to the current A-series processors that we can find inside the iPhone and iPad.

And that's pretty much the first level of homogenization that I can see. All of Apple's devices are powered by processors that they themselves designed and built.

So now that Apple's laptops and desktops are going to be shifted over to Apple Silicon in the next two years or so, the entire software environment will also need to be translated to be able to work with the new processors. And because these cops are practically the same as those in the mobile devices, macOS is basically becoming more and more like iPadOS and iOS.

And this is where the roads meet.

In fact, based on Apple's online event to kickstart this year's WWDC, it was clear in there that macOS will be able to run iOS and iPadOS apps straight away. And from what and how I understood things, app developers don't even have to do a lot of rewriting code for their iPadOS and iOS apps to make it run in the upcoming ARM-based Macbooks and iMacs. I read somewhere even that it's the iPadification of the macOS from here on out.

And I wouldn't disagree with that, to be honest.

So now that iPadOS, iOS and macOS will be running on the same kind of processors in the near future, things are going to get a whole lot more exciting. The whole slew of apps available for the iPad and iPhone are now going to be available also for the the macOS. When that happens, there's no need anymore to look for the closest thing of an app in the macOS for that app you were using in your iPad.

Switching between your Apple devices starts to become more seamless this time. There'll be less friction. Less frustration.

And when there's less of that, the entire user experience becomes so much better.

And when the user experience is great, you get to retain that user in your ecosystem. And that user will keep buying subsequent releases.

In the end, it's going to be a very big win for Apple. And in the end also, it's going to be a big win for Apple users.

I, for one, will be looking into the possibility of switching all my devices back again to the Apple ecosystem.


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