There's been a lot of talk about whether OS X and iOS are becoming one. Clearly, they overlap and share features, but they're not the same, nor should they be. Apple won't follow the path Microsoft is taking with Windows 8 and its new Metro interface. Sure, Apple will continue to migrate features between iOS and OS X on a case-by-case basis, cherry-picking features that logically work across devices, regardless of the underlying OS. (I wouldn't be surprised to see Siri -- the voice activated assistant that's been such a hit on the iPhone 4S -- show up one day in OS X.)
What Apple is doing is creating a consistent ecosystem for your digital world, from media creation to distribution to viewing and sharing. Start something on one device, finish it on another, whether you're writing a document, sharing a link, listening to music or making a video. That's what makes iCloud increasingly important. It takes OS X where computing really needs to go: toward a world of unified data and interface consistency.
Notes is now a standalone app and is no longer built into the Mail program.
Michael deAgonia, a frequent contributor to Computerworld, is a writer, computer consultant and technology geek who has been working on computers since 1993. You can find him on Twitter ( @mdeagonia ).
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