Maccast 2012.06.12 – Three Amigos on WWDC 2012

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 399. It’s WWDC week and you know that means it’s time for another Three Amigos fiesta. My good friends Victor Cajiao (Typical Shutterbug) and Ken Ray (Mac OS Ken) are with us to share their thoughts on the new Macbook Pro, iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion, the non-update to the Mac Pro line and more.

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  1. George Wilkinson | Jun 14 2012 - 12:57

    I take issue with the participants of the 2011.06.12 Three Amigos show, especially Ken’s, that the keynote at the recent WWC is evidence that the iOS and OSX are becoming one OS. There is little evidence to support that conclusion and plenty of information to allude it is not.

    Originally there was a competition within the software groups at Apple for the operating system to be used for the iPhone, the iTunes programmers and Mac OS programmers. The winner was the Mac OS team headed by Scott Forstall. The operating system for the new iPhone would be a scaled down version of Mac OS X that Scott and his team successfully demonstrated could be done, with emphasis on scaled down.

    In a mobile device you have more limited memory and CUP horsepower, so the OS has to be relatively small. Also, as Apple has pointed our many times, the iOS for mobile devices have been optimized for small screens and touch based. While the core of the operating systems are similar (UNIX core), the are very different. Trying to take a operating system designed or desktop computers and using it on a mobile device as others have done does not work and one of the very reasons Apple mobile touch screen devices have been such a success.

    The two Apple operating systems are not becoming one and never will. What is happening is that some of the programs developed for the iPhone/iPad and some interface elements can be utilized for use in the Mac OS, but only those that work well on both. The two operating systems are not morphing into one.

    What is happening, and will likely continue, is a unification. Some programs developed for their mobile devices can also be migrated to the Mac OS wherever appropriate with the same functionality and GUI elements on both. Data synchronization is accomplished using iCloud, so when one device is updated the other devices with corresponding software applications and data are updated. The two environments are radically different.

    It makes since for Apple to unify the two operating systems, but to suggest that the iOS and Mac OS are going to ultimately become one is ludicrous and a mischaracterization. Utilizing similar elements is good where it makes since, but both are optimized for two different types of devices. This is where Apple’s competition has failed miserably so I doubt Apple has any plans to ever merge the two into one and ridiculous to conceive that they will.

  2. Dave | Jun 17 2012 - 11:25

    This is an excellent comment. The irony is that last week was the one week of the year in which Apple actually does reveal their plans –> but that’s all under NDA!! No one can talk about it even if they participated in the week’s sessions and were qualified to absorb and interpret it.

    Of course, I’m looking forward to that review and interpretation (spelled S-I-R-A-C-U-S-A) but I know I need to wait. The videos are normally uploaded only a few weeks after the conference, anyway. I can take a look at them when they become available. That’s what I did for the last 2 years.

    I think a “3 amigos’ type of show works out when it only tries to be a light post-keynote chat among friends over lunch and a beer. That’s the state that the audience is in as well.

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  4. Ted | Jun 21 2012 - 11:59

    I like Ken and all that, but damn! Who pissed in his cornflakes that morning?! No matter what anyone said, it seemed like he was being confrontational, just to be confrontational. Even his tone was confrontational, like he was just picking a fight. I’m just sayin’…

  5. Assiya | Jul 21 2012 - 11:44

    SWEET!! I got a brand new 15 MacBook Pro for xmas. It runs games so great, at least Steam games. I been waiting for the Mac App Store since it was aenouncnd.