Is Apple planning to replace the MacBook Air with a 12.9-inch iPad Air?
A new Apple form factor
Power vs need (aka the Chromebook argument)
Conclusion (and pricing thoughts)
1. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Until the iPad has a USB port I can't replace my laptop fully with it.
3. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I don't think that Apple is going to replace the Macbook Air, I personally think that they are going to have a 13" and 11" in both the Macbook as well as the iPad.
Its also my guess that they are going to soon put out the "iPad Pro." It only seems to make sense. Then they would have a "pro" "air" and "mini" in each of their product lines.
They are also going to do this with the iPhone.
The "iPhone Pro."
The "iPhone Air."
The "iPhone Mini"
I could be wrong, but thats rare.
10. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
"I could be wrong, but thats rare."
12. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Pro doesn't mean anything for Apple anymore. It used to mean fairly powerful machines with dedicated graphics cards for design work, but now all of their base models only offer integrated graphics.
They target consumers with their "pro" logo, tempting them to think that "pro" must always be better when it's not always the case.
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Even then an iOS system just simply cant compete with a Windows or Mac system.
2. kirholstov (Posts: 135; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I would be happy to see an iPad running touch optimised OSX with intel core processors.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5529; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Could be. That scenario is the only way I see the MBAir being replaced by a tablet.
7. DaHarder (Posts: 152; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
You're more likely to see MacBook devices running on Apple's Ax series of SoCs than what you're suggesting.
'When' this iPad AirBook 21.9 is released, it'll only be a short time before Apple's Mac-line will be relegated to a couple of extremely expensive/high-end conventional laptops/desktops before Apple ports all of its computing devices to iOS.
The second Apple started adding iOS-like features to OS X a year or so ago the iOS/Ax takeover of all Apple computers became inevitable.
19. timepilot84 (Posts: 57; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
I'll believe it when they release X-Code for iOS.
8. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Many thimes I repead to the brainwashed iboys:
Apple soon or later will follow(steal like a great artist), MS in the W8 concept, and will merge iOS and MacOS.
With this 12.9-inch iPad(screen size only) , they will just milk few more iboys.
15. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
I for one would love to see a merger of the mobile and desktop OS. I don't understand what that has to do with stealing though. Please elaborate?
17. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
It's actually a concept that's been kicked around for a few years. Same mindset is that Google will merge Android and Chrome.
24. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
except that is pointless as there is nothing you can do in Chrome that you cant do in Android. As least W8 and MacOS have capabilities that WP8 and IOS7 do not.
6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
No use for this. Who would buy a huge iPad with no functionality compared to Ultrabooks, Hybrids and MacBook air?
Of course if this will run Mac OS it might be somehow useful.
13. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
The larger surface area makes it easier to swat flies.
21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)
There is literally an entire section of the article dedicated exactly to this comment.
11. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Maybe in 2 years, in 2015 but not by this year
14. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Also keep in mind that within the next couple years Apple will release their touchscreen laptops which will slightly merge the tablet and laptop form-factors.
16. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
wow that concept is very nice I must admit.
18. ThePython (Posts: 208; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Nah. I think desktops/laptops should be non-touch devices. The touchscreen technology is obviously awesome, but not something I'd like to have everywhere i.e. on my desktop or laptop.
20. jack123 (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
I feel like it's trying to follow Microsoft.
22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)
And Microsoft was following Asus. And Asus was following unofficial keyboard docks for the iPad. And those makers were simply trying to turn tablets back into laptops. And laptops were following typewriters. And on, and on, and on...
23. jack123 (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
That's maybe in the term of hardware and design. But I talked about OS on platforms.