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The Revolution Will Be Streamed: The Era of the Streaming OS

During my nearly 30 years at Apple, I witnessed the birth of the personal computer revolution in the Macintosh group, saw the development of iOS and watched the transformation from the Apple II days to UNIX with NeXT to Macbooks and the iPhone and iPad. In short, I’ve seen the full evolution of the operating system—starting from when the OS was just something that was contained in a beige “box,” like the original Macintosh, to networked workstations and the first connected devices on the Internet, to the newest and latest tectonic shift in user interfaces, interaction and behavior.

The rise of services that can be accessed anywhere over the Internet, as opposed to on one device, is leading to a new wave: the feed-based OS. This OS can tap any number of cloud services through federated APIs.

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On their own, however, all of these increasingly common, but increasingly complex insights and services are generating massive data sets that will assuredly overwhelm our individual devices and apps.