Apple has repeatedly said it will never make a Surface-like hybrid device, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t coming up with its own ideas. So, if Apple doesn’t ever introduce touch support to macOS, what does the company have planned? According to OSNews, Apple is planning to integrate the iPad Pro with the Mac.
Here’s the quote from OSNews:
In addition, Apple is said to be exploring additional Retina MacBook Pro models without the Touch Bar, and other pro-oriented features, such as hooking an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.
For graphic designers, iPad Pro integration with the Mac should sound like a tantalizing prospect. Without turning a MacBook into a device like the Surface Pro, Apple will bring the best of iOS and macOS together. Though, that means you’ll have to spend a lot of money in order to adopt this setup.
As 9to5Mac notes, apps like Astropad already offer this type of functionality, so it’s not an entirely foreign concept to iPad Pro users.
About the Mac Pro
The same OSNews report goes on to say the revamped Mac Pro Apple talked about this week probably won’t arrive until early 2019. In fact, Apple only just started planning what the device will offer “a few weeks ago.” Apparently, the poor reception to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar caught Apple by surprise, causing the company to rethink its future.
We may get a glimpse at Apple’s future when a new iMac is released later this year, though it’s unclear if the integration between macOS and iOS will be available by then.