Apple to merge operating systems in 2012

Fruity cargo cult, and wielder of wide patents Apple is about to merge its iOS and OSX operating systems.

According to Apple Insider, Jobs’ Mob is planning a Central Unified New Technology, which will run mobile applications and cloud services.

The story has been touted by Wall Street analyst Peter Misek of Jefferies & Company  who thinks that a transition is possible on the new MacBook Air running Apple’s custom next-generation “A6” processor.

If he is right then all iPad, iPhone and MacBook Airs running the A6 will have the new operating system in 2012.

Misek wrote that Jobs’ Mob was sampling the A6 quad-core app processor and will be the first multi-device platform capable of “PC-like” strength. If your PC is running like it was in 1990 we guess he would be right.

Fortunately for those who want a proper computer, the MacBook Pro and Mac desktops will use Intel processors and the current Mac OS X software. However by 2016, he sees all of Apple’s Mac devices running on an ARM-based processor like the ones found in the iPhone and iPad.

Apple can use a 32-bit ARM architecture to address the vast majority of the OS X ecosystem’s needs in 2012-13 except for high-end professional devices, he wrote.

When there is a a 64 bit ARM in 2016, Apple will have a single OS and hardware architecture, he said.

Misek thinks that merging the iOS and Mac OS X platforms would allow users to have content optimised on an even wider range of devices. It is difficult for Apple to achieve this if the company continues to keep its Mac and iOS operating systems separate.

There have been rumours that Apple was going to ditch Intel in its line of Macs and adopt the ARM architecture across the product range for a while. Jobs’ Mob is waiting for ARM to move to 64-bit so it can make the jump.