On Thursday Apple unveiled its Mountain Lion operating system, or 10.8. According to Apple this is meant to serve as a “re-imagining” of the iPad operating system iOS for Mac computers. Experts expect that more and more Mac computers will increasingly look like iPads and iPhones to take advantage of this growing market.
According to a study released by the NPD Group, the majority of tablet owners are older, wealthier individuals who primarily earning more than $100,000 per year. However, a growing number of young people are also beginning to jump into the tablet market. Apple’s cheapest iPad will run consumers about $499, while the Kindle Fire will only cost about $199.
“As the demographic of the tablet owner continues to change the tablet market is beginning to take on a new role,” said NPD Vice President of industry analysis Stephen Baker. “We are seeing some of the tasks traditionally performed on devices, such as PCs, now being performed on the tablet.”
Apple plans to combat this trend as well as take advantage of it. The new 10.8 operating system for Macintosh computers will present features and looks that have been only previously found on their iPads and iPhones.
One of the included features is an application called Notification Center. Ipad and iPhone users are familiar with this interface, as it has existed on tablets for some time. This connects emails, calendar alerts, instant messages and many other notifications in one convenient application.
According to PC Magazine, another huge development is the improved iCloud system. As the magazine reports, “your mail, contacts, and calendar, as well as documents, photos and videos can now be automatically synchronized with your Macs, iPhones, and iPads.” Application developers can save their apps to iCloud. This wills now Apple also tests all applications improving quality and preventing malware and malicious apps.
Overall Apple is trying to get their Mac computers to work more like their mobile devices. Small applications, and increased synergy, and in return they have even more control over their market, and technology.
However, some computer users may reject the increased look of a touch screen interface when trying to work large applications like Adobe Acrobat or Photoshop.
A problem that Apple also must address with their tablets is their propensity for screens to crack and hardware to break. As noted DIY repair company Repairs Universe states, “It can take a degree in engineering to understand how to replace and repair parts on your iPhone!”
Many industry leaders expect that Apple is planning to eventually replace OSX with iOS, increasing the links and similarity of the interface with their mobile devices. However, a shift of this size is not expected to occur for another couple of years. More importantly, users who are used to a desktop interface will have to get comfortable with a different operating system.