The smartphones today is continuously increasing performance. Multi-core processors, GB of RAM and permanent memory. Some models have displays with resolutions higher than laptops and desktop monitors. iPhone 7 with a 4-core processor Apple’s A10 Fusion equal performance with laptops MacBook Air families. Perhaps it’s time for Apple to give their smartphones a full-fledged macOS and desktop apps?
The idea of turning the iPhone into a wearable computing center thanks to the flexibility of connecting external devices and the adaptation of the input/output under the available resources has the right to exist. At a certain technological level, the emergence of a “Swiss knife” of different devices seems to be predefined – even 10-15 years ago, mobile phones capable to play MP3 and videos, and especially equipped with a digital 20 megapixel cameras seemed to be fantastic. The ability to obtain anywhere, not only voice but also data stream 600 Mbps were simply unrealistic, after all, once the modems are bulky, just barely made it to the public 33 600 b/s and gently “rested” in the quality of the equipment.
But progress does not stand still and now mobile devices quite a force tasks the desktop level. Just imagine an iPhone with two OSes on Board – mobile and desktop. In normal times you use iOS, but when you connect to a proprietary Apple dock gadget is switched to macOS. To Doc, in turn, connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard. In this mode, the iPhone acts as a portable Mac, offering the usual desktops elements: window, multi window, access to desktop programs.
The user comes into the office, connect iPhone to the dock and works with your smartphone from the PC. On the way home from work, he uses a mobile device as a conventional smartphone. And back home, again connect your iPhone to the docking station and works with macOS.
Despite the attractiveness of this idea, its realization in the current environment seems unlikely. Apple has developed a different view of the future converged mobile devices – in the understanding that the need to integrate the information, not the gadgets. Now at the forefront are applications and services that are transparently synchronized between the different device types. No matter what you have in your hand – a smartphone, laptop or PC – each device you have access to the information.
In Cupertino are in no hurry to merge all features in a single device thanks to iCloud and technology Continuity you don’t need to connect your iPhone to the docking station in order to continue where he stopped. You can start writing an email, edit a document or surf the Internet on the iPhone, and then continue on your iMac or MacBook Pro from the same place. In these circumstances, to transfer a full desktop OS on the iPhone is impractical.
Is the concept the Central component in a digital device capable of interacting with external devices and provide them with certain services, Apple offers the idea of iCloud as the main user of the hub. Here, the user stores all of their information – documents, contacts, notes, music, videos, and here also apply to different devices, gaining access to content anywhere and at any time.
Apple does not see the need to turn iPhone into a portable Mac. In conditions when all the tasks of conversion features and information of the external devices have become easily accessible services scenario emergence of mobile macOS is unlikely.