More iPhone Goodness Coming to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Wait... what?
    What does this have to do with the iPhone?
  • 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....)
  • oh i see lol.
    Your reaching there Rene ;]
    But i do think they should port more of OSX to iphone.
  • Email and songs search would be great...
  • Watch--when Snow Leopard launches, there will be no copy-and-paste capability on OSX!
  • 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!