Apple has sent a clear message with the unveiling of its newest Mac operating system, which will make extensive use of the iOS system used in the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms.
The integration of iOS into Mac OS X Lion could open up entirely new interfaces for Apple, but could also lead the company down a disastrous road on the quest for integration.
Apple made its intentions well known earlier this week when it outlined the role of the AppleTV and iPhone platforms.
Chief executive Steve Jobs said that the company had spent years developing iOS using lessons learned with the iPhone and iPad operating system.
"What we have done is started with OS X and created from it a version called iOS, and we have perfected it over the last several years," said Jobs. "We are inspired by some of those innovations, and we would like to bring them back to the Mac."
The 'Back to the Mac' tag has become a common theme for Apple, which is looking to integrate the successful components of iOS into the Mac OS.
The integration could prove useful for Apple, but the plan also leaves many questions unanswered.
Among the chief components of 'Back to the Mac' is an emphasis on full-screen applications. The format has been successful on iOS, but will it translate to Mac OS?
While the focal point on one application has failed to hinder iPad sales, users may expect more from notebook systems.
For example, if notebook users demand multitasking and the operation of multiple applications on a single system, will Apple be able to sell users on the interface of iOS in an environment more suited to conventional operating systems?
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