Patently Apple has been the only one that has been pounding the table for a notebook tablet hybrid going all the way back to 2008 and prior to any talk of this from the Intel camp who is now preparing their Ultrabook Convertible for release this summer,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In February we posted another report that discussed integrated touch displays coming to Macs eventually and the naysayers surfaced once again to say that it was a brain dead idea,” Purcher reports. “Well, today the US Patent and Trademark Office revealed Apple’s patent that is in fact about a true hybrid notebook tablet in all its glory.”

Purcher reports, “The patent filing includes details of a very cool display with a retractable magnetic mechanism that hides itself once detached from the MacBook’s main body. Today, on paper at least, Apple has finally revealed their first patent filing about a hybrid notebook-tablet with actual details.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: No less than Tim Bajarin has predicted a hybrid Mac+iPad for 2013.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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