posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 20:59 UTC
IconNow that Apple has unveiled the iPad, people are wondering what the future holds for the iPhone OS platform and the concepts behind it. The iPad comes scarily close to being an actual computer in the more classical sense of the word, and a recent Apple job posting seems to indicated the Cupertino giant is interested in further moving the iPhone OS up the ladder. We ask you: would you be put off or excited about the iPhone OS' restrictive model moving up the stack?

The job posting is for an engineer manager tasked with the "bring-up" of the iPhone OS on new platforms.

The Core Platform team within Apple's Core OS organization is looking for a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms. The team is responsible for low level platform architecture, firmware, core drivers and bring-up of new hardware platforms. The team consists of talented engineers with experience in hardware, firmware, IOKit drivers, security and platform architecture.

Computerworld specifically speculates that the iPhone OS might one day power MacBook Air-like laptops. Such a laptop would be powered by Apple's custom silicon (like the iPad). Computerworld goes a few steps further even, arguing that low-end Macs, like the Mac Mini and MacBook, would follow suit. As ridiculous as this may sound to some, I wouldn't be surprised if this is in line with Apple's plans; total control is part of Apple's DNA.

Personally, this looks like a horror scenario to me, but I'm more interested in how you feel. Would you buy laptops and desktops powered by an operating system that is locked down, where you can only install applications from the App Store? How important is the freedom Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux give?

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