Could this be the future of the Mac?

“As iPhone processing power increases,” Dave Mark writes for The Loop, “could Apple create a hybrid desktop product driven by some future version of the A10 Fusion (the 64-bit system on a chip that drives the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus), a product that looks and acts like an iPhone, but that doubles as a desktop experience when you plug it into a dock, complete with large display, mouse, and keyboard?”

Mark writes, “If that device was powerful enough to support applications like Xcode, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, etc., this could greatly simplify Apple’s product line, pushing all software development to Swift and iOS.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s fine for the desktop, but this is a mobile world, hence Apple’s recently revealed patent application:




As we asked back in October 2014:

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? — MacDailyNews, October 7, 2014

Apple patent application reveals MacBook with iPad as display, MacBook with iPhone as touchpad – March 23, 2017


  1. It sounds like a promising idea to me. It would be excellent if all the files that were on my iPhone were used directly on my MacBook and vice versa. That’s a much better solution that synchronising files.

    There is an additional advantage in using an iPhone as part of a laptop because the iPhone will provide the laptop with cellular connectivity without the customer having to arrange a separate SIM subscription for the laptop.

    It’s never going to be the solution for power users, but I could see a lot of people finding that this sort of solution would work well for them.

    The biggest drawback that I can see is that it would rely on you always having an iPhone or iPad with the correct physical dimensions and layout for that laptop, so if Apple were to bring out a different form factor on the iPhone, it wouldn’t dock with these laptops.

    1. “It would be excellent if all the files that were on my iPhone were used directly on my MacBook and vice versa.”

      It’s far more important to me that the reverse be true.

      Not saying it can ‘t be both ways, but 99.99999% of my important files are created on the Mac because that’s the nature of the beast.

      I require a beast, not putting down iOS stuff, but for me its more like an envelope to store a few documents as opposed to creating them.

      1. My point was that the files would be exactly the same because they only exist in one place. It wouldn’t be a case of them being in one place with copies on the other device, the iPhone would be contain all of the files and the laptop would use the iPhone as it’s hard drive.

        Obviously there will be people who need more storage than there could be on even the biggest iPhone and more computational power too, but a device such as this one wouldn’t be aimed at those people.

        1. “My point was that the files would be exactly the same because they only exist in one place.”

          Absolutely not. If my files were all in one place, it certainly would not be on any form of cloud system, given how synching works now. Some are better than others, Apple’s is not the top rank as far as I am concerned.

          Apple user since 1983, experience tells all.

    2. Actually, it would be fairly easy (and advisable) for Apple to make a “shim” for every iDevice model to fit into either the iPhoneBook or the MacPad, the shim being sized to fit the various iDevice models.

  2. A kludge (/klʌdʒ/, /kluːʒ/, /kluːdʒ/) is a workaround or quick-and-dirty solution that is clumsy, inelegant, inefficient, difficult to extend and hard to maintain. This term is used in diverse fields such as computer science, aerospace engineering, Internet slang, evolutionary neuroscience, and government.

  3. Fits perfectly for Apple, prosumer hardware Mac, now needing to add a $700+ phone to make it useable.

    Meanwhile perfectly good professional grade laptops (albeit with Windows) are available for less than half price.

    Only Apple can make prosumer computers that are more expensive than professional laptops and get away with it.

    Apple, just make a good looking box with slots and own the market.

  4. To answer the question, no, that is not the future of the Mac.

    Apple is developing their own custom x64-based CPUs. When that’s finished, we’ll finally get back to regular updates to the Mac line.

  5. I absolutely hate both of the concepts illustrated here. If you want a Surface, go buy a Surface.

    A 15″ or 17″ laptop with a clean screen is very useful to me. A tablet sized screen, not so much. Touch on the display, no way. Drawing in with an overpriced Pencil on a vertical panel, that’s not my thing either.

    Why does an iOS as a touchpad input need to be docked at all? Plug it in with a USB-C cable. There has been nothing stopping Apple from making iOS devices link to the Mac as input touchpads & pen inputs today. One would have thought Apple would have made it easy and popular 5 years ago. Why put a hole in the Mac so you can only use that one size iOS device? Isn’t the point of a family of products to give the user choice in what devices he uses?

    I wish Apple would stop trying to figure out ways to make people buy every product in the Apple portfolio and instead put some effort into making its existing Macs up to current spec.

    1. Well, I want Surface like functionality, but I have a LOT of Mac software and I prefer the Mac. So it’s not unreasonable that I’d want a Surface-like Mac. I shouldn’t have to buy a Windows computer to get the functionality I’d like.

  6. These are nothing but patent designed for Apple branded Keyboard Devices.

    There will be no CPU on them.. it will be a keyboard and a screen for an iPhone, or a just a keyboard/trackpad for an iPad.

  7. Stupid!!!

    Some marketing fool at Apple has determined that if sales of overpriced stale Macs that users cannot modify or upgrade are flat, then Apple must force all Macs to become accessories to the big moneymaker iPhone. Apple is truly lost.

    Please get the iOS dorks as far away from the Mac as possible. There has been too much dumbing down already.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.