WWDC 2019: Between macOS and iOS

June 3, Apple managed to surprise the audience. A few times – but if about other innovations all already somehow knew it was a bolt from the blue: iPadOS. Craig tried to prove the obvious: iOS is a system for information consumption, the iPad with its first models was provoked to act contrary to the meaning of the system. And even in spite of that, using third-party apps, this has succeeded.

Last year I had over one and a half months writing his stupid pieces of music on the iPad. For iPad mini 2. In Pages. In iOS 11. Experience not to transfer the printed expressions.

The main task of any operating system – not to hinder the user to Express themselves. iOS 11 stubbornly stood in my way. I won, but in a bitter and almost equal fight.

Can I use a phone operating system for tablets is wrong. It was a temporary and forced measure. To same OS earned acceptable on both platforms, it took a lot of effort and time.

From April to November 2010 in Apple, in fact, there were two mobile operating systems, only one for iPhone, one for iPad. Read about it in the section “deja vu”.

The continuation of a series about WWDC 2019, the previous parts are here:

First part: Google 2019: the return of the “cheese grater”;
Second part: 2019 WWDC: swift.

In case of emergency

The body (iPad) and his soul (iOS) do not correspond to each other, it was clear for a long time. At senior management meetings from time to time, at least in 2014, demonstrating special tablet system based on iOS.

Impression this system has made favorable, but with the level of mutual integration between devices with different operating systems (iOS and OS X) was not very good, iOS on tablets special claims did not cause, and the sum of the properties of the tablet version of iOS anything substantial from the usual no different.

And each innovation from Apple should definitely be the highlight, something extraordinary, at least at the background of competitors. Ensure that the trainees are inspired, appreciated, and talked something of the sublime.

That’s just to turn your iPad in a real competitor to the MacBook Air or MacBook 2015, in the opinion of company management, would be unwise. A system with a touch interface, but with fewer restrictions than iOS, instilled such fears.

Most likely, however, somewhere in the campus, in terms of impenetrable secrecy, someone has developed an experimental version, adding in new Goodies, but Apple has it all, cases of cannibalism were useless. This somebody wrote a regular management reports, and occasionally instructed, went on vacation.

And in the event of an emergency that threatens the well-being of the company system for the iPad could be developed further, to bring to final shape and use, to eliminate or mitigate the problems. The system has solved problems that no one complained – and superior to Windows 8.1 on almost all points. Just wasn’t the time.

To emergency situation could result, for example, an oversight of the developers. In the mid 10’s of the 21st century, Apple released something insanely attractive before sharks like Xiaomi and Huawei will start to cause significant damage to Apple by selling at dumping prices copied almost one-to-one Apple the previous development.

The mistake of the developers, the success of the agents of Chinese intelligence, the conceptual error of those who invent new models, or unfairly high price. They teetered on a very thin line, year after year, sooner or later, just had to guess.

Apparently, despite all the statements that “all is well, just great” at the end of 2018 and early 2019, the situation approached emergency. The tablet version of the latest iOS finalized, we conducted rigorous testing and… “meet iPadOS 13, will be released this fall, a beta version today.”

The consequences

iPadOS looks pretty decent. It can work with the mouse, delay when working with a stylus reduced by more than two times, the interface is multi-window, medieval torture called cut-copy-paste gone, it was replaced with a 3-finger gestures. I have these gestures have not tried it, in reality all of this may overshadow any nonsense – but at first glance it looks quite.

It seems that now you can even choose the part of speech, and edit it. Access to external storage devices, sane (like) interface with the file system.

About the interview of the edition of C|Net with Craig Federighi, senior Vice President of Apple’s iOS and macOS (which will soon have to order new business cards due to this very iPadOS) have already written to my colleague, John Smith.

According to Craig, because iPadOS new tablets from Apple will not eat MacBook. Let’s wait and see. But the surge of interest in the iPad, especially the new ones that are blown in the fall and in which the potential of the new system will be able to unfold in full force, just is guaranteed.

Though the result also depends on how much these new iPad will cost.

Deja vu

Just in case, “deja vu” comes from the French phrase “déjà vu”, meaning “already seen”.

The first iPad was released April 3, 2010, with iPhone OS 3.2. This version of the system only worked with the iPad, the name of the system contrary to its purpose, but sometimes sweaty irrelevant. Qualitatively accommodate the same operating system to two very different devices was impossible.

Apple engineers unsurpassed master in accomplishing the impossible, but this time in the specified time failed to meet even them. Steve reacted to the delay with the understanding no one was fired, the engineers did everything they could.

Engineers were receptive to the persistent request of Steve to create common iPhone and iPad OS to ensure 100 percent compatibility iPad with apps for the iPhone, not to multiply entities beyond necessity and to focus on the best in the world but still be an imperfect system.

Was it a mistake Steve – I don’t know. Everything turned out, it was probably the right move.

In July 2010 he released a new version of the system, called iOS 4. It was a system only for the iPhone and iPod touch. On the iPad installed all the same iPhone OS 3.2 (in July it was the iPhone 3.2.1, in August – 3.2.2 iPhone), the iPhone is much more advanced iOS 4.

Again, if you haven’t noticed: the iPad is iPhone OS 3.2.x on the iPhone – iPhone 4.0, then 4.1…

The first is common to the iPhone and iPad version of the system was to become iOS 4, but due to a bug in the WiFi subsystem it did not come out at all. 22 Nov 2010 Apple has released iOS 4.2.1, one for all.

From that day until 13 iOS iPad and his little cousins running the same operating system. In fact, they do it today, 7 June 2019.

To be continued

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