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What if Apple used Mac OS on the iPhone?

What if, just like what Microsoft did with Windows Mobile 6, Apple also used the same Mac OS on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch instead of developing iOS? Would the iPhone be as popular as it is today? Maybe not. Check out below how it would have looked it.

It would still rock, somehow, for Apple fans but it sure is not the prettiest sight. If you still like it that much, you can actually get it as a theme on your iPhone.

It’s called OS X Lion Ultimatum (which is basically a DreamBoard Theme). You can get it here .

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

13 Responses

  1. Avatar for Jake Jake says:

    MAC OS X has restrictions in iOS. It is more unlikely due to security purposes. Thats why Apple decide to do it separately. :)

  2. Avatar for lol lol says:

    “iOS is derived from Mac OS X, with which it shares the Darwin foundation, and is therefore a Unix-like operating system by nature.”

  3. Avatar for jonaflormicfren jonaflormicfren says:

    If it is appropriate they can do it.

  4. Avatar for nameless nameless says:

    Maybe it won’t be a hit. Why? iOS is very popular for it’s user friendly features. Windows mobile 6 devices before are for techie jerks. New users of iOS can get used to it just after few hours of trying.

    Unlike in Windows mobile, just like the case of my father, he already has this phone for almost a year yet he still doesn’t know how to use its full potential.

  5. Avatar for Jesser Jesser says:

    I already have this on my iPod Touch 4th Gen, I actual loving how the OS looks like and performs. But I noticed that some of the apps are crashing for some reasons that I don’t know. Maybe because the iPod Touch has lower RAM(256MB) but I must say that it is great app/theme.

  6. Avatar for Romar Romar says:

    @Jhoravi
    1st, WinMo 6 is based from Windows CE kernel, a trimmed down version of the windows OS. They are technically different but generally the same.
    2nd, I agree, but iOS also uses the same XNU kernel as the MacOS do, only trimmed down or a hybrid. So again, technically different but generally the same.

    • Avatar for jhoravi jhoravi says:

      Please stop! You have no idea what u are talking about. WinCE kernel in WM6 is NOT a trimmed down version of the desktop kernel. It’s an entirely different OS for the ARM architecture.
      Quote from Wikipedia:
      “Windows CE is a distinct operating system and kernel, rather than a trimmed-down version of desktop Windows”

  7. Avatar for Jhoravi Jhoravi says:

    Whoever wrote this article is misinformed.
    1st, Microsofts WM6 is entirely different from it’s desktop counterpart. Apps between them are not even cross compatible.
    2nd, Mac OS is made for X86 architecture and is not portable even with massive modification to ARM processor of iPhone. What this means is they have to write an entirely fresh new OS for the ARM architecture…..introducing the iOS.

  8. Avatar for Respironics Cpap Respironics Cpap says:

    The Mac OS looks pretty cool on the iPhone, but I agree with the others. It’s way to small.

  9. Avatar for MyMaria MyMaria says:

    I think you have to actually buy the theme from The Theme Outlet first. It’s not free. :(

  10. Avatar for Bob Bob says:

    I’m happy with the normal theme of my iPhone. The screen is too small and my thumb is too big for the Minimize/Maximize and Exit buttons.

  11. Avatar for Marcial Bonifacio Marcial Bonifacio says:

    an ultimate “what if?”. nice search sir abe! lol

  12. Avatar for Eason Eason says:

    Too small >.<

    That would be phones for 20-20 vision

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