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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

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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, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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

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 - October 7, 2014 at 11:31pm
Make ire it doesnt bend!! Lol
Ama banks - October 7, 2014 at 11:59pm
make sure it requires enough force to prove it! lawl
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