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

Related articles:
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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. It is more than likely that OS X and iOS will merge. When that will happen is another question. Apple already have iOS devices running OS X and macs running iOS. Are they practical probably not. But we know from experience that Apple will be experimenting and looking at ways to merge the systems. As arm chips get more complex they will offer Apple options for low end macs.
    My biggest doubt is where that leaves windows support. Five years down the road it may not be a big deal and Apple will likely offer dual systems for high end units so that they can still run multiple platforms.

  4. It the three blind-men describing the elephant again!

    I think it will be the MS Surface idea but done properly. (Having seen a couple of them in use, I’d say they have a much bigger market than the current one.) From interviews, Jony and Tim seem to be in awe of some new stuff they have in development.

  5. This could be made to work without a lot of new technology, just new implementations of current Apple innovations. There are already rumors that Apple is going to move away from Intel to its own “A” family of processors for Macs. These processors already run iOS. If OSX will run on them, too, how difficult (in theory. I understand that the engineering would have to be amazing) would it be to have a dual OS system? If one is using MS Word or Keynote on the iOS iPad, and then switched to OSX, the apps would automatically transfer the data and open the corresponding OSX version and the user could just continue working. How about a Photoshop iOS file transitioning seamlessly to straight Photoshop? Wow! How cool would that be?! You go guys!

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