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iPad-MacBook hybrid isn’t worth the compromises, Apple CEO says

by Jacob Kleinman | November 16, 2015November 16, 2015 8:45 am PST

The iPad Pro might feel like the first step towards an iPad-Mac hybrid, but Apple’s CEO says the company isn’t planning to combine the two operating systems anytime soon. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Tim Cook said he isn’t willing to compromise either product for a single converged device.

“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants,” he said. “So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”

Instead, Apple is working to make it as easy as possible to work on both iOS and OS X. Features like Handoff make it possible to jump between devices without losing a step. The company has also applied a few other iPhone software tricks to its Mac series in the past few years.

Apple actually patented a MacBook-iPad hybrid a few years ago. The 2011 filing even includes a sketch for a device that looks pretty similar to Microsoft’s new Surface Book, with a full laptop keyboard and a detachable touchscreen display. But, according to Cook, the company isn’t planning to release a product like that, at least not for the foreseeable future.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...