More iPhone Goodness Coming to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for Mac and iPhone?

We already knew that Apple's next computer operating system, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (estimated for delivery mid-2009) was leveraging some of the amazing work done by the iPhone team, including the highly optimized QuickTime X. Now Apple Insider brings word that things like CoreLocation and more Multi-Touch might be making their way back to the big desktop brother as well:

CoreLocation will utilize a Mac's existing networking hardware to triangulate the system's location in a manner similar to the way the original iPhone was able to use the technology to emulate a true global positioning signal. [...] Snow Leopard will also gain access to a new set of Cocoa-based programing interfaces for leveraging the multi-touch features of the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros within their applications.

The synergy between Apple's desktop and mobile OS X development really seems to not only be benefitting both platforms, and optimizing R&D's bottom-line, but bouncing off each other in iterative splendor. Hopefully iPhone OS 3.0 can take a little back as well -- I'm looking at you universal spotlight search!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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More iPhone Goodness Coming to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


LOL! They're using stuff they developed for the iPhone to make the Mac better. We're PWN'ing the desktop, baby!
(Now if they would just bring some more Mac features to the iPhone... like search, unified inbox, etc....)

I am still waiting for MMS, Copy & Paste, Flash support, tethering, and a few other BASIC features that apple has not implemented.

iPhone has a real advantage in sharing so much code with the worlds most advanced desktop operating system. Things will only get better!