Microsoft has finally reached the level of a unified operating system with Windows 10. Apple is not there yet. Is Apple going to leap Microsoft with unified hardware?
Apple will release OS X El Capitan on September 30. OS X 10.11 is basically a maintenance update for Yosemite. There are lots of changes under the hood that make Apple's desktop operating system more secure and stable. There is no new big thing for Apple Mac users.
Buy Now: Sony PlaysStation VR In Stock Here
It is save to assume that Apple is working on something big for Apple Mac computers and El Capitan is a release that is buying time. The big thing that Apple is working on is in our opinion unified hardware. It is the only way Apple can leap Microsoft and offer a different experience and break out from the Intel driven development cycle.
Apple has already gained independence for CPUs in the iPhone and iPad. The border between an iPad Pro and an MacBook Air is already very blurry. Apple's next big step needs to be a single operating system for iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.
The Tim Cook lead company could go the Microsoft way and handle the different hardware with software wrappers, but is that enough? A single hardware architecture where the most expensive component is under Apple's control creates many new possibilities.
Apple could offer true unified computing across all devices. The cost savings of a unified hardware platform could take Apple's profit to a whole new level.
Apple can change the insides of a laptop and desktop computers completely breaking with the PC industry. Microsoft cannot follow that path. They are not in control of the hardware.
OS X feels at the moment like a compromise. A placeholder for something completely new. Maybe in year from now Apple is ready to give us the future of desktop and mobile computing.
Don't Miss: Sam's Club Black Friday 2016 Details
Until then, the next highlight from Apple is the iPhone 6S, which goes on sale on September 25.