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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36 Comments

  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.

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