Speaking today at a Box corporate event, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook said the company doesn't have any plans to integrate its two main operating systems, Mac and iOS. "These operating systems do different things. We have no intention to blend them," he said, according to Re/code.
Cook's comments are notable considering a number of smartphone vendors are looking at ways to create one operating system that would work across phones and computers. For example, that's the tack Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is attempting to take with its new Windows 10 platform, rolling out this year, and that's also the sales pitch Canonical has made with its nascent Ubuntu platform for smartphones and other devices.
Cook, speaking to Box's CEO Aaron Levie at the company's BoxWorks convention in San Francisco, noted that Apple's Handoff service offers many of the same functions that a combined phone/computer operating system would. For example, with Handoff iOS and Mac users can start a project or conversation on one Apple device and continue it on another.
During the Box event, Cook also offered a few other insights into Apple's business. He said the enterprise market remains a top priority for Apple -- he said the enterprise represents a $25 billion annual business for Apple, for the past 12 months ending in June. "This is not a hobby. This is a real business," he said, according to Re/code.
Indeed, Apple in the past few months has announced partnership with the likes of Cisco and IBM to more effectively target the enterprise market.
Cook also said that Apple has no reason to hold a grudge against Microsoft, its longtime computing rival. "Apple and Microsoft can partner on more things that they can compete on," he said. Microsoft was among the companies that demonstrated new iOS apps for Apple's new iPad Pro when Apple announced that device.
Cook's appearance at Box's corporate event comes a day after the company announced it sold fully 13 million new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices during those gadgets' first weekend of availability. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple is the No. 2 smartphone vendor globally, behind Samsung, capturing 14 percent of the market in the second quarter. In the United States the company ranks No. 1 with a 32 percent share of all phones sold in the market in the second quarter.
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