Apple may eventually merge OS X and iOS, but I can’t see it happening any time soon. In an interview last year, Phil Schiller dismissed the idea of combining both (exactly what Microsoft recently announced plans to do with Windows 10) as an enormous “waste of energy.”
If you’d like to see what an iOS/OS X mashup could look like, however — and you have a jailbroken iOS device, to boot — you can check out the latest tweak from jailbreak developer Evan Swick.
Called Harbor, the tweak is described by Swick as “the ultimate dock tweak” and brings the OS X Yosemite dock to any device running iOS 8 — offering you a whole new way of launching apps on your iPhone or iPad.
And you know what? It’s actually pretty great.
To use the dock, simply tap on it and then scroll left to right with your finger. Lifting your finger will cause that particular app to be launched. A bit like iOS, the Harbor tweak will make particular items on your dock “jump” when you receive a push notification. As with iOS, a small black dot also appears under each app to show when they are running.
In all, it’s a nifty tweak that gives some indication of how OS X might look an iOS device. Since we’re unlikely to get a touchscreen Mac in the immediate future (and, as noted, I can’t see full OS X arriving on iOS in a hurry) it’s a glimpse at the kind of hypothetical software concept which might otherwise be confined to the pages of a patent.
Harbor 1.0.0-13 has been submitted to the Cydia Store and is set to be available soon, priced $2.99. Remember: you’ll need to jailbreak your iOS device for this to work.