Apple's Mac and iPhone will soon become a lot more similar.
CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's new Macintosh operating system, dubbed Mountain Lion, will use several different features from the iPhone. Apple will make an early version of the software available Thursday to developers and to customers beginning in the summer.
We see that people are in love with a lot of apps and functionality here, Cook told the Journal while pointing at his iPhone. Anywhere where that makes sense, we are going to move that over to Mac.
Cook gave the Journal a pre-announcement interview. Apple formally announced the new OS on its Web site Thursday.
Some of the services will include the iMessage, the notifications app and the gaming center, Cook said. The new Mac will also share features from iCloud-the company's online cloud computing service intended for both the iPhone and iPad.
The iPhone, which was introduced in 2007, has helped Apple become the most valuable company in the United States in terms of market capitalization. The iPhone 4S, which was released in October, led to Apple making a net profit of more than $13 billion in the first quarter of 2012 based on $46 billion in revenue.
Cook believes laptop computers aren't going away, but he noted the technologies might become further integrated.
We think about everything, Cook said when asked if iPhones, iPads and Macs eventually could run the same microprocessor chips. We don't close things off.
Shares of Apple fell $5.44 to $492.23 in early trading.