Some believe that Apple is planning to release a new line of hybrid products, possibly based on OS X and iOS. However, the iPad Pro is a clear failure, so a combined operating system for iPad seems unlikely. However, it is possible that Apple is already testing this idea. There are several ways that a combined system could be built. Let’s take a closer look. In the end, it may be both an iOS and OS X hybrid.
iOS was created by Steve Jobs. The OS was originally called “OS X”, which refers to its Unix-like kernel. iOS, on the other hand, uses a hybrid kernel. The resulting operating system has a lightweight code base that is not open-source. Unlike most other operating systems, iOS doesn’t support non-native APIs, meaning you can’t use unrecognized data. Fortunately, iCloud will bypass this limitation.
If Apple’s plans are as expected, the iPad Pro could use a hybrid OS. The iPad Pro is likely to come with a 12.9-inch Retina display, but the company has not revealed the details of this product. Regardless of its name, the iPad Pro will run iOS. A hybrid OS could help Apple differentiate itself from its competition. It would allow the iPad to offer better performance than any of the other pro tabs.
While Apple has yet to release a hybrid product, the Surface Pro might provide the much needed proof that it is time to take the next step. With the iPad Pro, Apple can keep pushing the iPad as a replacement for a PC, as it has done with the Surface Pro. So what’s next? Is an Apple hybrid coming in the near future? It’s unlikely to happen any time soon, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Apple has been busy working on an iMac touchscreen, and the company recently filed a patent for a flex-base iMac that could double as a touch table. Rumors of a hybrid OS have also surfaced for the iMac. In addition, Apple also recently introduced an updated Apple TV, which runs iOS and has an interface tailored to TV-scale displays. If this is indeed a hybrid operating system, there is no doubt that Apple will be developing new products to take advantage of this new feature.
The next generation of mobile phones could use a hybrid OS. ARM processors will be used in iPhones and iPads, making it possible to run all of the applications that run on an iPhone or iPad. Unlike iOS, Mac OS X Mountain Lion is being renamed from “Big Sur” to macOS 11. This version also features a new Control Centre inspired by the iPad, which is similar to the one seen on the iPad. Finger-friendly controls and rounded corners will make it a highly desirable device.