Will iPhone OS 4.0 Unify The iPhone And iPad Platforms?

News | Saturday March 6 2010 5:35 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

While there is no doubt that future versions of the iPhone OS will be compatible on both the iPhone and iPad, the question is if this will happen with the upcoming launch of
later this summer. According to John Gruber from
, this is most likely. In his blog post yesterday, Gruber says apps like Stocks and Weather, which
when both the devices will see a unified operating system.
But is such a platform unification workable in the timelines specified? Jim Dalrymple from
disagrees. He says that with the launch of iPhone OS 4.0 expected to happen around June of this year, Apple may not have time on their hands to offer a unified platform in this version. He writes:
iPhone OS 4.0 will include lots of new features, just like you would expect to see from Apple . However, It doesn’t make sense for Apple to unify the two operating systems for 4.0 with the timeline they are working with. Rather, I expect Apple to release OS 4.1 in September or October. It will not only address issues with the 4.0 release, but also unify the operating systems.”
Dalrymple's arguments about timelines are interesting. However, considering that the iPad has been in the works for quite sometime, it is possible that Apple 's work on iPhone OS 4.0 may have happened concurrently with work on
that runs on the iPad, which could mean that a unified iPhone OS 4.0 platform for iPhone and iPad is still a possibility.
What are your thoughts?

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