You have a screen which acts as a tablet, and you have a keyboard which turns it into a notebook which runs regular desktop and notebook apps. Think Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the one that doesn’t sell so well. Could Apple do a hybrid device the right way? Yes. Here’s how.
I Could Use A MaxiPad
That probably falls into the TMI category, but the name Apple would use for a hybrid tablet notebook is the least important aspect.
Thomas Harper posited that Apple might be working on a touchscreen MacBook, and I agree. But not for production, for testing. Why not for production?
Touchscreen notebooks are not the rage Microsoft, Acer, and others want them to be. Why not? Physics.
Who wants to use a notebook, especially a Mac, and reach up to touch the screen to navigate when both mouse and trackpad are better devices. A touchscreen notebook looks cool in a TV commercial but not in real life where arm fatigue, tennis elbow, and arthritis are real.
So, how could Apple do a hybrid tablet notebook?
Easy. So easy it’s almost a no-brainer that Apple will do a hybrid. What’s an iPad? A thin device with a high resolution screen; CPU and storage are behind the screen. What’s a MacBook Air? It’s a thin screen attached to a keyboard, and the keyboard section holds the CPU and storage.
That’s a perfect match.
Rip off the MacBook Air’s screen, add a removable iPad to fit, and Voila! An iPad and Mac hybrid that is truly the best of both worlds.
Put the screen back onto the keyboard and the device runs OS X and standard Mac apps at MacBook Air speeds. Snap the keyboard off and it’s nothing more than a larger screen iPad that runs iOS apps at iPad speeds.
This is doable, folks.
This is not a technology issue, but there is one glaring problem. Price. A 128GB iPad Air starts at $799. A 128GB MacBook Air starts at $899. Putting the two together might save a few bucks here and there, but the hybrid price tag would easily top $1,000.
Still, the idea of a truly function, fully featured hybrid iPad and Mac has merit. I’d buy one in a heartbeat. What about you?