As rumors come and go about Apple’s plans for the future of OS X, it’s clear that the company has done a lot of progress in trying to merge both platforms as much as it can. We’ve even seen the OS X and iOS teams merge together recently in order to reach this goal, and today’s earlier leaks even show iOS 8 might include Preview and TextEdit apps as part of the update. We were all left with some confusion over why these apps are making it to the mobile platform, but new developments start giving some sense to the strategy.
As it turns out Apple is planning to bring the functionality of these apps through iCloud. Those that have used OS X Mountain Lion or Mavericks remember that Apple integrated both Preview and TextEdit to iCloud in order for you to store your documents, PDFs and images on the cloud. Preview and TextEdit won’t really allow you to do much on iOS on their own, but you will be able to access your iCloud docs on the go, which is quite functional.
Obviously we know Apple is pushing hard for you to use iWorks instead of anything else, but this new focus on iCloud does bridge the gap between both operating systems in more ways. Let’s see if it happens.