Is iPad the beginning of the end of OS X?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by peestandingup, Apr 20, 2010.


Is OS X doomed?

  1. Yes! It's all downhill for OS X.

    10 vote(s)
  2. No! They'll pry it from my cold, dead hand.

    74 vote(s)
  3. Uh, wasn't iPhone the beginning of the end?

    14 vote(s)
  1. peestandingup macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    No, I don't mean tomorrow Apple is gonna drop OS X. But you gotta think that with with the direction everything is moving in, cloud computing, being constantly connected, touch interfaced operating systems getting desktop-class applications, etc, that this is clearly where they're moving.

    And also realizing that with it's release schedule, OS X has probably a good 8-10 years of major releases to go (which is a helluva long time in the technology world), it's not too out of the question to think that OS X will indeed be the last "desktop" OS we'll ever see from Apple again.
  2. noah82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
  3. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2008
    Dutchess County New York
    Until you can develop Apps on it I don't think so.
  4. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    OS X is needed in order to develop for the iPad. So, no.
  5. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You should head over to ars technica and read their iWork review. iPad is not gonna kill os x any time soon. But I do believe that something like the iPad will do away with the desktop as we know it today. Just not this "giant iPod" "no filesystem" "256 Meg ram" os that we are looking at today.

    Btw, I can't honestly answer your poll 'cuz iPhone os is a flavor of os x.
  7. aaron580 macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    until the whole full version final cut studio is made for ipod os then i highly doubt it
  8. peestandingup thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    Ok, let me then ask people who reply without really thinking about it to project themselves back to 10 years ago & think where we were technology wise to where we are now. That's about how long OS X has until it's done with it's release schedule.
  9. Soulcrux macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2008

    OS X is still the mothership platform for the iPhone OS. It is necessary to do ALOT of things. OS X Mobile is just fine for the consumer (and maybe for a bit of light creation) but the heavy duty stuff still needs a full-fledged desktop OS. Like dejo said, you need to develop apps on it. You also need it for synching all your stuff to your iPhone/iPad.

    While I think that OS X Mobile will definitely be more prominent in the future, I don't think Apple will be able to replace OS X. At least not in this generation
  10. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Not until my iPad can hold 25 years worth of pictures and movies and auto back itself up wirelessly to a time machine. And how would I set that time machine up without a computer? In the current form of iPhone/iPad OS, and don't get me wrong, I LOVE my iPad, there is a LOT it cannot do. Will I ever buy a laptop again? Uh, no. Never. But I will have an iMac for the foreseeable future. I can't imagine this iPad being my only computer, even though I am down to using my iMac once or twice a week. They really should be selling these things in a combo pack with an iMac and some sort of docking device. Say if you buy an iMac the iPad is $100 off or something and docks natively somehow with the iMac or docks wirelessly but has a place that it sits.
  11. markosb macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
  12. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
  13. jburns macrumors regular

    May 1, 2007
    OSY Vista
  14. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Do you even know what you're talking about?

    The iPhoneOS is entirely based on OS X with the Touch-based user interfaces for iPhone and iPad, just as Mac OS X is based on OS X with Mac desktop interface for the desktops/laptops. You can't have the iPhoneOS without OS X. Killing OS X means killing iPhoneOS as well.

    So no, iPad isn't the end to anything.

    Now, what you're talking about is not related to the OS X. You're talking about the evolution of personal computing; how people interface with the computers will change over time, that's the nature of technology. Is OS X dying? No, it'll evolute to survive in the next generation of technologies.

    Remember, you can't have a computer without an OS. The concept of the OS will remain forever, the look of it will evolute. Our bodies can't run without the brain, the brain is the OS but it can be of different size and type.
  15. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
  16. supermanx macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Possibly the demise of the net book, nothing more.
  17. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Over time, I think both platforms will merge. I think this has been Apple's plan since they realized how successful the touch platform is.

    Of course, when I say over time, I mean many, many years.
  18. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    Yes and no...

    As we're starting to see, for most people, a computer is nothing more than an email, web surfing, photo viewing machine. Do most people need the completely open computing system that the PC/Mac offers? Along with all the administration, management, maintenance, software. etc costs?

    Look at the parallels with the computer gaming market - consoles have effectively KILLED the PC gaming market. Sure there's still hard core PC gamers, and still some great titles for the PC coming out every year, but MOST new games are console based. Why? Because it's a fixed target (all XBox 360's have the same capability), closed system (limited hacking/pirating) and they get lots of development support from the console makers.

    There will ALWAYS be a market for open ended computers, but as we're seeing, a great percentage of people, for personal use, can make do with much less capable and complicated closed infrastructure computing devices.
  19. Fraaaa macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    London, UK
    You mean like no Mac OS at all? No.
    You mean like iPhone OS will take over? No.
    You mean like Mac OS will take some feature from iPhone OS? Yes.
    You mean like OS X will be replaced by OS XI? Yes, in 10 years or so.

    There will be always a Mac OS and a iPhone OS, they are brothers and they need one another.
  20. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    I think MultiTouch is the future of Mac OS (possibly version 11). Apple could integrate both the standard mouse interface and MultiTouch in the same OS. I'm certain they are at least considering it and testing it. The iPad and MultiTouch sure feels (to me) like a huge leap forward in the way one interacts with a computer. I think the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch are only the beginning of the next phase of personal computing. But the iPad is not going to replace the Macintosh.
  21. peestandingup thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
    Well, that's what I mean, I even said that right off. But of course people don't read first & really think about it before they respond.

    Again, people, I'm not talking about Apple killing OS X anytime soon. I'm saying that OS X (like, you know, as in version 10) will likely be their last of this type of an OS. Things do evolve you know.

    And again, Im talking years from now. Like I said, OS X still has a good 8-10 of life in it if they continue on the same release schedule they've been on.

    And honestly, if you don't think that in 10 years time we'll all be using touch based everything that'll run circles around even what our desktops are doing now, I'd say you probably aren't capable of looking too much past the here & now. We're just in a transition period right now where we have apple making 2 OSes. Eventually they'll more than likely merge. Could be called "OS 11", but I seriously doubt it. I think they'll likely retire that since it technically wont be a continuation of that.
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I don't see the iPhone OS being a serious replacement for a desktop OS.
  23. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Why in the heckfire would someone think this? The iPhone/iPad OS is a scaled-down version of OS X. It runs bare essentials on a mobile platform.

    Go take a look at what true professionals use on OS X (Aperture, Photoshop, Final Cut) and ask them if they think it's the beginning of the end of OS X. Those people are running Mac Pros with a bazillion processors.

    You have mobile platforms and desktop platforms. The next big thing you'll probably see is something along the lines of a MacBook Touch that is today's MacBook/MacBook Pro with touch capabilities. The problem is there is very little to really use a touchscreen for on a desktop platform compared to mobile. It could be tailored for special uses like point-of-sale machines, but most of us get by with a keyboard and mouse. The iPad was created to address the people who want the touchscreen and a bigger display than a phone.

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