In a recent episode of MacBreak Weekly [203: That’s Our Lenny] the guys discussed if OS X has a future with Apple. I believe that Alex Lindsey gave OS X 5 years before it goes out the window. He theorized that Apple will move into consumer products and minimize or depart from desktop computers. I have to agree & disagree.
I don’t think that Apple will move off OS X unless it is to another desktop OS [11?]. I don’t think that they will move to iOS for their “Trucks” either, how else would people program for Apple products [pro & consumer]? I think that if they move to a touch based OS for “OS 11” then we will see programming change to a modular and visual interface and the keyboard will still be needed for some functions. The only way the keyboard could be minimized is if a Star Trek like voice command is implemented.
What I think will happen is Apple will develop it’s Siri acquisition to build a more robust voice command interface and then over time move it into the desktop computer while beefing up the touch interface. I also think that the home desktop will turn into a media server that will be connected via Wi-Fi to the TV, stereo, and hand-held devices [iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches]. We will use the Knowledge Navigator [hand-held device] to interface with the home server and it will do the heavy lifting and data crunching. It will store and back-up all the data from our devices and allow for the transfer of songs, movies, and other data back and forth via Wi-Fi. Yes, this will work with the iPod Nano and Classic too!
The future of Apple is the Federation. No really, the future is going to be both trucks and cars, the desktop or work horse machine and the hand-held device. The number of desktop machines will diminish because a family will own one & then they will all have hand-held devices. The delivery of media will continue to be in two places the TV and the hand-held. We will see the ability to move from one device to another and the media will follow seamlessly.
Ahhh, the future, please come now!!!