John Kirk on Unifying iOS and Mac OS X Into One System

John Kirk:

Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was planning on merging iOS (the operating system for their phones and tablets) with OS X (the operating system for their notebooks and desktops). […]

“And that”, I thought to myself, “finally puts an end to that discussion.”

Boy, was I wrong.

Kirk’s argument pairs well with the aforelinked piece by Dr. Drang. If you design a system that affords generous touch targets, it’s going to feel simplistic while using a mouse/trackpad and keyboard. And if you design a system well-suited for a mouse/trackpad and keyboard, it’s going to be terrible to use with touch.

Thursday, 30 January 2014