“Apple’s official position may be that we don’t need an OS X/iOS hybrid tablet (which I’ve dubbed the MacPad), but I’m going out on a limb here and predicting we’ll see one by 2018,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today.
“Why? According to Gartner Inc., one-third of all laptops will ship with a touchscreen in that year,” Sellers writes. “The research group says that as incremental price for touch decreases, it will become more normalized as a default feature for notebooks.”
Sellers writes, “Certainly, Apple doesn’t follow the trends, but I’m still convinced we’ll see a MacPad. Now I’m setting a date: before the end of 2018.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve asked many times over the past few years: 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?
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