Imagine instead, like the Apple Watch, the iPad ran its own
distinct version of iOS: iPad OS. Rather than stripped down
version for smaller screens and batteries, imagine it ran an
amped-up version that really took advantage of bigger screens and
batteries, with a Home screen, interaction methods, and
capabilities optimized for a tablet.
It’s an interesting thought experiment, but my gut feeling is that it wouldn’t be a good idea. If anything, I think the iPad and iPhone versions of iOS should become more similar, not less. (Why no built-in Stocks and Weather apps for iPad, for example? Why does the SD Card adapter only work on iPads and not iPhones?) To me, as the iPad has gotten smaller (with the Mini) and the iPhone has gotten larger (with the 6, and especially 6 Plus), iOS feels like a single software platform on a continuum of display sizes.
★ Thursday, 5 February 2015