In a very well-written and interesting essay, Brent Simmons discusses the future of Mac in light of the upcoming Marzipan apps:
Macs carry the flame for the revolution. They’re the computers we own, right? They’re the astounding, powerful machines that we get to master. (…)
With every tightened screw we have less power than we had. And doing the things — unsanctioned, unplanned-for, often unwieldy and even unwise — that computers are so wonderful for becomes ever-harder.
In my opinion, a great mass-produced computer with a great operating system should allow for a perfect balance between ease of use and security, an increasingly more important issue these days. But of course, the same ideal computer should be configurable for a power user - if you know what you’re doing and you want to go wild, you should be able to do so. Due to our limited knowledge on what the final version of Marzipan will look like, it’s hard to predict the future macOS transformation – but Simmons’ fears are absolutely understandable.
Meanwhile, Jason Snell argues that in the long term, the macOS platform will benefit from the Marzipan transformation.