Originally Posted by MacRulez
The lion is the king of the jungle; there is nothing beyond a lion.
I wonder if perhaps it will be not only the biggest, baddest OS ever, but also the last computer OS from Apple.
"Computers are trucks."
Is Apple, who makes so much money in consumer electronics, going to continue to spend their wheels in the trucking business where they've garnered at most a 10% market share after 20 years of trying? Hard to say.
We saw what "Back to the Mac" meant. It didn't mean bringing the company's focus back to the Mac, it meant bringing iOS features to Mac.
Maybe the two will merge....
Macs are still extremely profitable for Apple. The success of the iPhone/iPod/iPad lines is aided by its existence and Apple's entire ideology is based around having a complete IT structure where users don't have to turn to Windows or the like. I cannot fathom why anyone in their right mind would consider dropping the Mac line. It will not happen.
However good Lion turns out to be, there will still be advancements in the future that will require updates to the OS. 10.7 will not be the last version of OSX.
It may well be that as mobile devices get more powerful they will use a more and more similar version of OSX to the desktop/notebook line and the device will simply use the front end best suited to its form factor. I'd expect that, but I do not see a world without Notebooks and Desktops. However good your iPad gets, the contemporary notebook or desktop will always be faster, with a larger screen and that 'base of operations' feeling that users like.
I think Apple's current lineup of products is nearly final. They will get better, but I think the current classes will be here for the foreseeable future. MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros may well merge in time though. It all depends on battery technology advancements I'd say.
Apple has the feeling of being a juggernaut at the moment. Nobody else can offer the totality of device classes that they can. It'll be interesting to see what HP can do with WebOS and what others try to do to survive in the long term against Apple. Microsoft is a crumbling empire, the sick man of Redmond. Its harlots will have to find their own ways to survive!
That got deep...sorry guys!!