Apple is said to be working on some kind of MacBook-iPad hybrid. This mysterious product should be able to be used either as a notebook or monitor with a macOS interface. However, a market launch is not expected before 2026.
A few days ago, display analyst and supply chain expert Ross Young attracted astonished attention. In the course of the possible introduction of a foldable iPhone, he also spoke of a kind of foldable Mac, Apfelpage.de reported. However, it was not clear what this alleged 20-inch Mac was supposed to mean. Even after today’s explanations by Mark Gurman, this is not yet completely clear, but it is somewhat more understandable.
The reporter from the Bloomberg agency also spoke today about such a hybrid of Mac and iPad.
He took up this topic in the latest issue of his weekly newsletter. In it he writes that he has learned from well-informed circles that Apple has extensively researched the possibilities of such a 20-inch hybrid. When folded, this device could be used as a MacBook with a physical or virtual keyboard. When unfolded, it could be operated as a monitor with an external keyboard and probably a macOS interface. Resolutions of 4K or even higher would be possible.
Such a Mac-iPad hybrid could herald a turning point for the Mac, something comparable is currently only rudimentary, for example in the Surface family. However, such a product cannot be expected before 2026 and maybe even later, according to Gurman.
In this way, Apple would create the mixing of iPad and Mac, which had been avoided until now, probably out of consideration for the sales potential of the separate product lines. In recent years, the iPad – especially the Pro models – have had to endure growing criticism that the development of software and app usage options lag far behind the development of hardware and performance.
However, Apple is likely to have avoided some steps, such as the waiver of iPadOS versions of Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro, hardly due to the inability to port. It is conceivable, however, that in a few years there will be a point at which the sales prospects for iPads and MacBooks as separate product lines will reach a maximum.
Source : apfelpage
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