A Mac OS-iOS Combination Platform Could be Apple’s “Next Big Thing”



According to JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, a combination Mac OS-iOS operating system could just be Apple’s “next big thing”, that would allow iOS devices to function as full-blown computers, CNET reports. The analyst said in his recent investor note that in addition to an ‘iAnywhere’ combination OS, a larger display iPhone 6 would save Apple from being hit by a weaker smartphone market, that currently suffers from customers delaying their upgrades.

“While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer,” Moskowitz said. “In our view, this category would be a leapfrog event, potentially jumpstarting iPhone and iPad growth as well as peripherals and cloud-based software and services sales.”

Analysts at JP Morgan believe that even though Apple would maintain its core Mac OS platform for traditional Macs, it could introduce ‘iAnywhere’ OS within the next 12 to 18 months. While some vendors already offer docking stations and peripherals that allow smartphones and tablets to function more like full computers, Moskowitz’s concept sounds like Apple would go a few steps further by developing a dual operating system.

Do you think Apple would go down the ‘iAnywhere’ route in the foreseeable future?


  • Al

    I personally don’t see the point of docking to a computer and changing to a different OS… or whatever. I still suspect that the new iPad Pro will run MacOS.

  • xxxJDxxx

    I dont think a combo device is necessarily what we need. I think deeper and simpler integration between the OS’s is what we need. Quicker easier ways to access the same content across multiple devices. Or to quickly move content from one device to the other to continue working on it or take it with you.

  • Farids

    I personally believe that introducing a 64 bit hardware/software architecture within iOS devices, is the first step in merging iOS and Mac OS into one. It’s been announced by Apple that it intends to keep Mac OS and iOS separate. But the more I look at the introduction and evolution of iOS, Apple’s technology interests and development and product planning, the more I think Apple is gradually beta testing a full 64 bit Platform on iOS devices now, with the ultimate goal of moving toward creating one Apple unified platform: where all Apple devices, -desktop, laptop, tablet, iPhone, iPad, TV, home automation, automotive, green power generation, health and exercise devices, smart watch, etc. – within a household, complement each other as one ecosystem, with iCloud acting as a bridge. But it’s still too early, and only time will tell…

  • Thomas

    This article ignores what has happened with Windows 8 and the recent comments made by Apple executives saying they wouldn’t be integrating the two. They are already both based on the OS X kernel and share features in Coca but the interface needs of both kinds of devices are different and it doesn’t make sense to try and combine touch and mouse and keyboard into one device. The needs of each is not compatible. This analyst doesn’t understand what has made Apple successful where Windows 8 has faltered and the way that iPhone in Canada keeps reporting on these analysts without any sign of critical thinking about what they have to say makes you look no better.

  • George

    I’m OK with putting more functionality into my iPhone, but don’t dumb down my computer any more than they already have.