Apple to Combine OS X and iOS in 2012: Analyst

Apple will begin to merge its OS X and iOS operating systems in 2012 according to predictions made by Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek.

"We believe Apple is looking to merge iOS (iPhones/iPads) with OS X (Macs) into a single platform for apps and cloud services starting in 2012-13, Misek said.

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He believes that the A6 processor is capable of PC-like strength, and that Apple will implement it into its iPad 3 during the first quarter of 2012, into the iPhone 5 next summer, and into the MacBook Air in 2012 or 2013.

Users want to be able to pick up any iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or turn on their iTV) and have content move seamlessly between them and be optimized for the user and the device currently being used, Misek said. We believe this will be difficult to implement if iOS and OS X are kept separate.

There have been rumors that Apple has considered building its own TV, which Misek refers to as the iTV, although that has been pure speculation.

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