Originally Posted by linkgx1
I also think that having an iPad not running on iOS and instead on OSX will ruin the entire iPad franchise.
Ahh... but think about it the other way around...
Future Macs will run an iOS version with [possibly] overlapping windows, more power, more accessories...
1) iOS == all thats needed to run on a portable multitouch device ported from Mac OS X (anything not necessary has been removed)
2) Mac OS X == 90% of all iOS developed features (or reimplemented Mac OS X features) ported back to the Mac
3) With the exception of the kernel, iOKit, UIKit the OSes are likely 75-80% identical code -- and just a compile away from running on any supported platform.
That's what MS is attempting to do with Windows 8 -- one OS to run everywhere... But they are waiting for low-power x86 chips for the Tablets.
I suspect that you could disconnect everything (mouse, kb, etc) from an iMac or Mini and connect the iPad (WiFi may be good enough) and run the Mac from the iPad (as a customizable keyboard, MagicPad.
I actually have an app that does that:Mobile Mouse (Remote/Trackpad for the iPad)
I am typing this on my iPad directly into Safari running on my iMac. There are ways of dictating into Siri (Nuance) on the iPhone 4S to do the same thing by voice... but that's a story for another day...
Mac OS Lioness could run OS X and iOS and their associated apps and peripherals concurrently.
In the end game... the goal of all this... the OS gets out of the way... your stuff works and looks the same -- on a heavy-iron desktop/floortop as on a light weight battery operated mobile tablet.
Wherever you go whatever Apple device you use -- your stuff all looks and works the same (the way you chose). Somethings just run a little better or faster on the different form factors.
BTW, the Windows 8 Metro UI has an interesting feature where you can drag an app halfway onto the screen and it splits the screen -- sharing it with the prior app.
I could see something like this being useful on a tablet size screen -- and would ease the difference between a multiple-window desktop and a single/dual window tablet.