iOS and Android are dominating the mobile OS landscape. They have all the momentum in the world, making it difficult for other players to capture a significant portion of this market. Microsoft Windows 8 is expected to be on future tablets that will aim to challenge the iPad later this year. Microsoft has grand plans for it. But not everyone is sold on the idea:
In my view, the tablet and the PC are different … Products are about trade-offs. And you have to make tough decisions, you have to choose. The fact is, the more you look at a tablet as a PC, the more the baggage from the past affects the product… If you force them together, the PC is not as good as it can be, and I think the tablet is not as good as it can be
explained Tim Cook at the All Things D conference. Of course, he does not take a direct jab at Microsoft. But this does suggest that iOS and Mac OS will remain separate products for the time being. Microsoft has invested a lot of money in developing Windows 8. The software will run on various platforms. It remains to be seen how well this will go.
Speaking of iOS, Apple has finally released a security guide that outlines the architecture and data encryption features of its handheld operating system. The guide details app code signing, runtime process security, encryption & data protection, network security, and device access restriction methods.
Apple intends to keep its devices popular among individual consumers and businesses. Paying more attention to iOS security and investing more in keeping it secure will only help.