MacPad: Apple’s 12.9-inch MacBook/iPad may offer OS X and iOS operating systems, rumors claim

“Apple’s rumored 12-inch tablet, which is said to be scheduled for release in 2015, may become the vendor’s first device to feature an operating system that integrates Mac OS and iOS, according to rumors in the upstream supply chain,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“Sources in the supply chain say that Apple has two 12.9-inch tablet prototypes in development: one is a 2-in-1 device and the other is a regular tablet,” Lee and Tsai report. “However, whether Apple will release both devices to the market or just one, still remains unclear. The device is rumored to be expected to enter mass production in early 2015.”

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“We’ve noted in the past that Apple conveniently has a classic patent pending 2-in-1 design on record, should market conditions demand such an entry,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “While this ongoing rumor is interesting, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has knocked such a hybrid design in the past. Then again, he knocked the idea of a watch in the past at the D11 conference with Walt Mossberg and they ended up with Apple Watch.”

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MacDailyNews Take: DigiTimes’ report seems convoluted and confused, but it does leave us with one question that we’ve asked before:

Anyone in the market for a 12.9-inch device that’s an OS X-powered MacBook when docked with its keyboard base and an iOS-powered iPad when undocked?

Illustration from Apple's hybrid Mac-iPad patent application
Illustration from Apple’s hybrid Mac-iPad patent application

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Why Apple is creating a giant iPad – August 27, 2014
Apple’s ‘iPad Pro’ a larger model, or a laptop/tablet ‘MacPad’ hybrid? – April 16, 2014
MacPad: 8 signs that Apple is prepping a 13-inch iPad-laptop hybrid – October 12, 2013
MacPad? Apple patent application reveals hybrid MacBook+iPad details – April 4, 2013


  1. The one thing I wish iOS had, that I’ve wanted since iPad 1 was first released, was the ability to select local files to upload to websites. You can’t upload it anywhere. There are methods of moving files around and sending them, but when you have to use a school website to upload your work using a “click ‘browse’ to select a file from your local machine” type process, even the new iCloud Drive doesn’t achieve this on iOS.

  2. I think MDN is right, I had the same idea to have both iOS + Mac OS X in the way described…. if there’s a good hardware solution. I mean, they already have Continuity!

    1. Majikthize: Precisely.

      Furthermore, if this mythical pad is ARM-powered, it is going to require a special version of OSX (let’s call it OSX-RT, because that was such a success…). And this special version of OSX is going to require specially compiled apps, just like RT did. In other words, it isn’t really OSX.

      Note to most of the people posting here who think this is a good idea: I thank god (and the cosmic muffin) that you don’t run Apple. You are tech idiots.

        1. You’ve got two different OSes: iOS, which is ARM-based, and OS X, which is x86-based. The hardware can only effectively be one, so either it would have to be x86-based hardware and run iOS in ARM emulation, or ARM-based and run OS X in emulation.

          The process would be somewhat similar to when PowerPC-based apps ran in emulation on x86 (Intel) hardware when Intel Macs first arrived.

          I think the concept, at least as it’s explained here, is pretty unlikely.

    1. Make it 4GB RAM and sync to my desktop when I walk in the door in the evenings, and I’m happy. The storage needn’t be that much as long as some smart (i.e. Apple-style) syncing options exist.

  3. Please NO! Keep OS X unspoiled by anything touchscreen related. It’s bad enough that the last three generations added more fluff and annoyances. I don’t want this at all. I don’t want Apple further kludging up a superior desktop OS just so that people who are too lazy to carry a real laptop can have some stupid Surface-like convertible.

  4. Sine I want TouchID on my next computer screen, it’ll need an A8 processor so it should run IOS in a window on OSX when plugged into the keyboard. The powered keyboard should run an Intel chip for backward compatibility.

  5. Again, MUCH, MUCH, BETTER, would be a Double Screen Combo !!!
    It’s two, two, two mints in …er two iPad screens in ONE. One on TOP, the other on the BOTTOM ! Could run iOS, or OSX .
    The TOP PART works like a regular screen, BUT the BOTTOM PART could be a keyboard, or a sound mixer, or color corrector, or work with Final Cut Pro X in many different ways, or… get the idea ?
    THAT’S BETTER than “JUST” the top part comes off !
    OF course, the top could come off, IN ADDITION to being a double screen device.

  6. Furthermore, if this mythical pad is ARM-powered, it is going to require a special version of OSX (let’s call it OSX-RT, because that was such a success…).

    NO, I believe what the concept shown was a MAC with Intel in it, on the bottom, AND an iPAD with an A8 on TOP.
    God help Apple, if it thinks an A8 implamentation could be called “Pro” just cause they call it that.
    Are ya gonna run Final Cut Pro X on THAT ?

  7. In this ONE sense, Microsoft DOES have an advantage, since it uses the SAME processor both on the tablet, and the computer.
    To make it CLEAR, the double sreen idea I gave WOULD use iOS X/Intel on the BOTTOM PART, BUT use iOS/A8 on TOP.
    the TOP Screen ALONE could NOT run iOS X.

  8. If OS X was installed on an iPad, would you be able to install Windows 8 (and the upcoming 9 … er, I mean 10) via Bootcamp or virtualization? Boom! No need to buy a Surface.

  9. I spend all day changing between my MacBook Air and my iPad. When I’m in meetings or on the production floor and only néed email and presentation capability, I use the iPad. When I want to present multiple presentations, type extensively or access the company file system, I use the MacBook Air. If I had a device that did both it would be stellar. Any MacBook air user is a good candidate for a multiuse device since the MacBook air is not conducive to heavy duty computing.

    In summary, I see a large need for a multi-use device that incorporates iPad air and MacBook air.

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