It seems like ancient news, but a dozen years ago Apple CEO Steve Jobs came on stage and announced that the rumors were true. The Mac was moving to Intel Inside. Thanks to the stage set by Carbon a few years earlier and to a skunkworks project that ensured OS X could run on Intel CPUs, Apple made a dramatic shift and in a few short months the PowerPC consortium became a legacy, and the Mac’s future with macOS was ensured. Even iOS, watchOS, and tvOS are based upon OS X architecture.
It’s time for Apple to start over with a new operating system; an OS that breaks from the past and builds in layers made for a modern age where privacy and security are as important as the various media layers already in iOS and macOS.
Today’s modern computing devices come in three flavors. Windows, OS X, and Linux. The Windows mention is obvious as Microsoft’s PC operating system remains on a billion PCs. OS X is the foundation for Macs, iPhones, iPads, Watch, and Apple TV, and more than a billion devices are in use worldwide. Linux? Not Android OS? Well, Android OS is based on Linux, as are nearly all of the devices in Internet of Things (IOT) gadgets, and most servers, thanks to free, so Linux is the most used OS on planet earth.
Eugene Kaspersky*, founder of Kaspersky Lab, says the world needs a new operating system with a focus on privacy and security, hence KasperskyOS, hailed as the secure operating system for IoT devices. We may take it for granted, but privacy and security are a thing these days, and the need for stable and secure operating system that runs on many devices should be obvious.
If Linux isn’t it, and Windows isn’t it, then what is? Kaspersky thinks KasperskyOS fills the bill.
I don’t think so.
Apple should build the operating system that powers IoT and make that the basis for all Apple’s products; Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV, Apple Glasses, and Apple Car.
It won’t happen. It should. But it won’t.
macOS itself is cobbled together from various and sundry operating system parts and components that date back to the mid-1980s, so it’s ancient by today’s standards. Reports say there are thousands of unfixed bugs and vulnerabilities in macOS, and who nows how many are in Windows and Linux. Starting from scratch is the only way to move forward in the era when security is a paramount issue, and I have no doubt that just as Steve Jobs initiated a skunkworks project at Apple to ensure that OS X would run on Intel CPUs, Apple has a project already in motion that is laying out the framework for a new operating system.
Apple’s iEverything and iDevice days are in the past, despite the iPhone and iPad and iMac. When will Apple move to Apple Phone, Apple Pad, and eliminate the vestiges of iEverything? Soon. And with that change iOS should simply become appleOS for everything.
Otherwise, what Apple does not with continual upgrades to iOS, macOS et al, is akin to swapping out all the parts of an airliner full of passengers and flying at 35,000-feet.
*Is anyone else in the world worried that KasperskyOS and Kasperky’s ties and origins in Russia might make the operating system somewhat suspect as an IoT OS?