Apple's Other Operating System

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Until a few months ago, the author fully expected Apple to announce Mac OS X 10.7 at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. But when he saw that there was no Mac-specific track on the conference schedule and that Mac apps would be excluded from the annual Apple Design Awards, he got the message: iPhone OS and the products it powers are the stars of Apple's software show. Mac OS X, last updated a year ago, now plays second fiddle. He admits that a hybrid Mac/iPad does seem somewhat schizophrenic, and a bit out of character for Apple. But then, coming up with new features for Mac OS X is Apple's job, not his.