Apple may be mulling plans for a single operating system as early as next year according to Peter Misek, an analyst for Jeffries and Co.
In a note to clients, he says that the merger of iOS and Mac OS X would lead to synergies which according to Tiernan Ray from Barrons, could mean better gross margins and easier content licensing (ed: and lower cost of development).
Misek writes "Users want to be able to pick up any iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or turn on their iTV) and have content move seamlessly between them and be optimized for the user and the device currently being used. We believe this will be difficult to implement if iOS and OS X are kept separate.”
Central to those plans would be the use of the Apple A6, the name of the system on chip likely to be used in the follow ups to the iPhone 5, the iPad 2 and numerous other Apple devices.
We believe that while the Apple consumer portfolio - made up of the Macbook Air, the iMac and the Mac Mini - is likely to switch from Intel to ARM fairly quickly, the professional models, consisting of the Macbook Pro and the Mac Pro, are likely to stay with Intel for the foreseeable future, until ARM brings 64-bit computing, which Misek believes may happen as early as 2016.