Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
So an iPad. Since it isn’t a “Mac” without OS X.
OSX is what iOS is under it's graphical front end. It's just the processor and the interface (touch versus Aqua) that's different. It still has the same unix-based underpinnings. From the command line, they both are the same.
Let me elaborate on the MacPad (as I have called it): I believe Apple is working on an iOS-based laptop, like a the Chromebook, but without a mouse. It would run all iOS apps as it would have the A7/A8 processor, and it could either also have a typical desktop filing system or further expand on the iOS system of tightly integrated apps that store their data in a manner consumers don't need to understand. It would be touch-based. It's something beyond what any of us have conceived. It will be more an iPad than a Mac.
However, Apple could really take the iOS system into the future if it could emulate an intel processor and run simple Mac apps. Apple has a great history of transitioning products through emulation from 680x0 to PPC and PPC to Intel via Rosetta. Today's processors are so damn fast that they can spin their wheels doing emulation and still run apps at what appears to be full-speed. The biggest problem with any app emulation is how to bridge a mouse and keyboard interface of an old app onto a touch device.
You'd need a touchpad. Wow. It's a laptop. It's an iPad. It's both. Or is it?
I don't know how they would handle the screen resolution differences from a Mac app to an iOS app, but Apple already has some screen fragmentation on their phones between the iPhone 4S and the 5s and 5ses (slightly taller). If they choose to go to anything on a future iPad that is not a 2x multiple of 1024x768, they will have to have to find a solution for non-integral display resolutions. This would open the door to ANY app resolution on the iPad (imagine 3840x2160 or 2160p) on a 9.7" iPad scaling to just about any resolution of a Mac app). I'd love to see Apple bring classic Mac OS apps to the iPad through emulation.
I think Apple is working on the "next big thing" and are about to re-redefine the home computing experience. PCs will eventually be dead to consumers. I see only graphics and other professionals, engineers, and scientists using true PCs in the future (5-10 years out). Consumers will use iOS devices for all their home-computing needs. They'll be so simple, ANYONE can use them without knowledge of the OS, file systems, etc. It's a concept Jobs had in the 80s that became reality with the iPad. It will lead to the death of the Macintosh platform for anyone other than those generating new content or writing software.
Eventually, programmers will write iPad apps on an iOS device. That device doesn't exist yet. But it will eventually.