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May 19, 2011

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The OS would be complete in the installer. When installing the OS, it would look at the device in question, and would install all the elements appropriate to that device, modified by the options the user could decide to add.

What I find interesting in figure 1 is the MAC OS X triple button window control on the upper left side of the image. Then below, we see a screen using a keyboard.

I still think that eventually, we'll see iOS and OS X converge. Some people think that would be difficult to do from a user perspective, but I don't. What I see happening after a time, is that we would have uOS—the Universal Operating System.

The way this could work is very interesting, in my opinion. There would be devices from the iPod Touch to a high end Mac Pro. The OS would be complete in the installer. When installing the OS, it would look at the device in question, and would install all the elements appropriate to that device, modified by the options the user could decide to add. So an iPod Touch would have the simplest UI, the iPad would move up in sophistication, and so on.

API's would also install in that fashion, by changing the UI and feature set to accomodate the model installed into. As the OS would have s smoothly increasing sophistication to the UI as the devices get larger and more powerful, the user wouldn't be confused by a significantly different method of operation, just additional elements as one moves higher. The same situation would be true with areas such as file systems, whereas portions would become unlocked at some point in the hierarchy.

Obviously, this is just a generalization of how it could be done, but it seems to me that it would be very possible, and functional, and additionally, very Apple-like.

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