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Dan Moren for Macworld
January 12, 2018 5:51 AM PT
Allow me to indulge my imagination for just a moment. Over the past few months there’s been plenty of discussion about the future of the macOS and iOS platforms. About the possibility that they might come to share more hardware than they already do. About the potential for a unified application architecture between the two platforms.
But device proliferation is at an all-time high: I’ve got devices that range in size from an Apple Watch all the way up to a 5K iMac. There’s a place and purpose for each and every one of these devices; they serve distinct and specific niches in my work and play. I’d be hard-pressed to part with any of them.
Still, part of me yearns for the simplicity of accomplishing all the same tasks, but with fewer things. Maybe one device could take the place of multiple devices? Blasphemy, perhaps, especially when Apple makes so much of its money on hardware. But there’s precedent for both the technology industry and Apple creating one device that can operate in more than one context.