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Apple Reportedly Has a 12.9-Inch iPad Prototype That Integrates OS X and iOS

Apple Reportedly Has a 12.9-Inch iPad Prototype That Integrates OS X and iOS

Posted October 7, 2014 at 1:57pm by iClarified · 15984 views
Apple allegedly has a 12.9-inch iPad prototype in development with an operating system that integrates OS X and iOS, reports 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. 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.

Notably, JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz predicted something similar earlier this year.

"While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer," Moskowitz said. "In our view, this category would be a leapfrog event, potentially jumpstarting iPhone and iPad growth as well as peripherals and cloud-based software and services sales."

Here's what Apple SVPs Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi think about convergence.

"We don’t waste time thinking, 'But it should be one [interface!]' 'How do you make these [operating systems] merge together?' What a waste of energy that would be," Schiller said. But he added that the company definitely tries to smooth out bumps in the road that make it difficult for its customers to switch between a Mac and an iOS device. For example, making sure its messaging and calendaring apps have the same name on both OS X and iOS.

"To say [OS X and iOS] should be the same, independent of their purpose? Let’s just converge, for the sake of convergence? [It’s] absolutely a non-goal," Federighi said. "You don’t want to say the Mac became less good at being a Mac because someone tried to turn it into iOS. At the same time, you don’t want to feel like iOS was designed by [one] company and Mac was designed by [a different] company, and they’re different for reasons of lack of common vision. We have a common sense of aesthetics, a common set of principles that drive us, and we’re building the best products we can for their unique purposes. So you’ll see them be the same where that makes sense, and you’ll see them be different in those things that are critical to their essence."

While a new iPad with an integrated OS X and iOS operating system appears unlikely, you can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for updates.

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iHerd - October 8, 2014 at 9:06am
WTF!!!! I'd rather buy me an actual netbook/notebook/laptop with keyboard, mousepad, optional touchscreen, ssd/hdd and you get to choose the capacity, ram of 4gb or more, quad/multi core cpu, dedicated graphics card NVIDIA/ATI, etc.... I bet the price of this is gonna be ridiculous since its apple and isnt worth it for its features campared to an actual 12.9" netbook/notebook/laptop that is available in the market...... Though iSheeps/hipsters would waste their money on this.....
sHepard - October 8, 2014 at 10:47am
OMG!!!! Nowhere near as capacity as a laptop, besides when Apple comes out with this it will always be better than what competition thought of. Looking back at phones and nfc. Comparison? They revokutionizes it, Microsoft however in laptop and tablet, why ruin a good start button in making way for switching? Besides, price won't be as ridiculous if the products never turns out bad which doesn't. On the other hands, microsheeps/picky homos wouldn't get it right anyways even when they realize how better they always are, yet you can upgrade anything, so let's see ipad have the monitor part to make upgrading easier so microsheeps smell coffee.
stfu - October 9, 2014 at 11:24pm
you're an idiot.
Eli Rivers
Eli Rivers - October 7, 2014 at 11:31pm
Make ire it doesnt bend!! Lol
Ama banks
Ama banks - October 7, 2014 at 11:59pm
make sure it requires enough force to prove it! lawl
NoGoodNick - October 7, 2014 at 4:27pm
I disagree strongly. Turning the iPad into a Mac won't increase sales, as the majority of iPhone and iPad sales are to Windows consumers, and those without other computers. Instead, they're catering to, at best, 2% of their market. I don't mind more integration with full computer functionality, but they need to be mindful of their clients when they do it. Just as publishers charge $20 for an ebook to fund the money losing paperbacks, Apple is gambling the future of the profitable iPad hoping to gin up sales of the largely unpopular Mac.
NoGoodNick - October 7, 2014 at 4:30pm
I'd rather see a tablet that more fully integrates with ANY other device. As M$ has demonstrated, there's very little demand for either touch-screen laptops or 'detachable' monitors. Thus copying them isn't a smart move. More iPad, less desktop!
Nat - October 7, 2014 at 5:32pm
Maybe it's supposed to be osx tablet style.
Justabrake - October 7, 2014 at 6:14pm
I don't know about you but every once in awhile I try to touch the screen on my MBP like my iPad ! LOL then wonder why isn't it moving Dah.....
Big Mo
Big Mo - October 7, 2014 at 8:31pm
Agreed. Apple is now trying to follow the rest instead of making the rest to follow them.
Ren - October 7, 2014 at 8:35pm
Disagree. Apple makes a better version of what others made therby new and updates. Think of it as an os update with cleaner look, more effects, and a new way to experience it.
yagoaxx - October 8, 2014 at 4:15am
Unpopular mac hahaha They are the most popular laptops in all their categories and the Air is the sturdiest and cheapest decent battery ultra-book (31 hours with wireless off, low brightness and writing an essay).
Yea - October 7, 2014 at 4:02pm
i fuggin called it
Fail - October 7, 2014 at 3:13pm
Fail!! Micro$oft tried that already, fail!!
Win! - October 7, 2014 at 3:54pm
Win microscopic junk never had a chance anyway, not a difference with them just like nfc! Just wait. Win!
Marc - October 7, 2014 at 2:59pm
This vision concept if applied would automatically sideline Samsung who rent android at $1 billion and pay steep royalties to Microsoft for features, and have also been requested to pay 'royalties' to apple for patent theft.
Microsoft - October 7, 2014 at 2:41pm
Now we can shut our jealous @ss over the ads we only bragged about on laptop and tablet which didn't matter much to our users.
Viktor Dimitrow
Viktor Dimitrow - October 7, 2014 at 2:31pm
This will totally kick ass !
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