Some of us are still hoping that Apple would release a MacBook-iPad hybrid device, to combine the versatility of a touchscreen and the productivity of a keyboard. When asked about this, during Apple's second quarter earnings call back in 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook knocked the idea, saying the following:
"Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left doesn't please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user.â€
Now, more than one year later, things have changed and perhaps a hybrid iPad could be indeed on the cards behind closed door at Cupertino. The biggest concern for Apple comes from Mac sales, as the company saw a sharp drop (11%) as global PC shipments fell again in the third quarter, according to IDC. This means that consumers are increasingly looking toward tablets to replace personal computers and while Apple might benefit from this with the iPad, it is losing with the Mac. Thus, a beefed-up, hybrid iPad could be the right solution.
Besides this reason, Michael Endler with InformationWeek has 7 more signs that suggest one such device is on the way, or at least, it makes sense to have on in the market.
- Apple has filed many patents related to an eventual laptop-tablet convergence
- Reliable sources have claimed a 13-inch iPad is in the works
- Apple is reportedly working on a new power adapter for mobile device that will be placed between iPads and MacBooks
- The A7 processor and 64-bit architecture will bring desktop-class power to the iPad; allowing for PC-style apps to work flawlessly
- The revamped iWork suite is actually meant for a productivity-minded iPad
- There is a market for an iPad hybrid as information workers are interested in using tablets with keyboards