Tim Cook shoots down the idea of a MacBook/iPad hybrid

Tim Cook shoots down the idea of a MacBook/iPad hybrid
Just the other day, we told you how Apple CEO Tim Cook had less than kind words for the Surface Book. The hybrid tablet/notebook, according to the Apple executive, tries to be both a tablet and a notebook, and "really succeeds at being neither." This comment came after Apple marketing head Phil Schiller called the hybrid market a niche one that will never grow into something significant.

Obviously, Apple is not fond of hybrid devices. Speaking to a newspaper in Ireland, Cook laid to rest any possible chance that Apple would produce a MacBook/iPad hybrid. The executive said that in trying to converge both products, the end result would be a device that wouldn't satisfy the MacBook or iPad user.

Cook also told the newspaper that when he said last week that the release of the Apple iPad Pro means that computers are no longer necessary, he was referring to Windows PCs, not Macs. "We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same," Cook said, adding that both Macs and iPads have a strong future.


If you've been looking for Apple to release a hybrid device, better forget about it as long as Tim Cook is running the company. There could be a time well into the future when such a device becomes reality. After all, who ever thought that Apple would ever release a 5.5-inch iPhone, or sell a stylus (Apple Pencil)? Those are things that Steve Jobs was dead set against, and yet, consumers can buy a large-screened iPhone and the Apple Pencil.

source: Independent.ie via BGR

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43 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If Apple builds it, people will buy it. Same goes for when the Pencil function is officialy expanded to iPhones.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

It's funny the last time Apple said that it's stupid or they would never do it was large screen phones or stylist and many other things that they have actually had to turn and do and when they say it's an nitch what they really mean is it something that they can't do yes but they want to

31. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Trust me, if steve jobs was alive, there would had never been an iPhone "plus" big screened size phone cos is the most useless step apple had ever taking in their carrier. As for stylus, its tim cook's issue, so also as hybrid is his issue. The guy just wakes up in the morning and looks at what's he personally wants to use and what he does not want. What makes apple still relevant is not tim cook. It is its hundred of staffs starting with the HOD's, left for tim cook alone, Apple would had gone down the drain. Personally for me, I would but and hybrid device (esp the ones that rotate 360 like yoga) 10 times over before I can even consider to just know how the ipad pro works or what mac is actually for.

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and then they'll change the CEO with new guy, and shamelessly do everything that their old CEO wont and releasing iSurface pro, 5 iPhone model each year, redefining retina screen again (retina FHD? retina2k lol), make 18inch iPad, an so on

45. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Funny thing all the greed and money they don't advance better products, they never will??

39. Acer_Predator unregistered

Tim Cook please, shut down appleee pleeasee.

2. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

dpwn?

3. f_u_006

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

DPWN? (Dildo Pack for Whiny Nerds)?!

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.... Good Virtues are sparse among population.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

P.O.P HOLD IT DPWNNN Wait, what?

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Because as Tim Cook said, the iPad Pro will kill the PC, along with Macbooks, so why merge it with something dead? /s

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Do you believe that statement? What if the user wants to have a trio? Will anybody deny that?

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Notice the "/s" at the end.

37. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Because they need to make their own apple surface pro in order to have a chance to compete with Microsoft.

7. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Is it something about being CEO of Apple that means you have to make idiotic proclamations? Nobody wants a big phone, nobody want to use a stylus and now nobody wants a hybrid. I give it 2-3 years before we see Apple release a hybrid and they try to convince everyone that they invented the concept.

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

right... I am calling for a new ceo

13. willard12 unregistered

You forgot "small tablet."

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The sinful amount of money Apple is making compared to the competition certainly isn't helping companies push innovative products at a healthy pace. I am done with Apple. Sick and tired of being their puppet (cult member if you will) when they don't release breakthrough technology these days. Since Tim was on the helm he's been doing nothing but blatantly copying other's ideas and claiming it to be his company's invention. What's worse, he and his team has the gall to have a hissy fit whenever others do the same thing. Getting sick of their hypocritical corporate culture.

38. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Apple needs new CEO, I hope he'll come quicker and we won't have to wait for Cook's death, it could take a lot of time and with him Apple is same restricted bulls**t but not exciting anymore

8. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

tim cook is making false statements in the media, Everybody wants a fully functional PC in the form of tablets (well foldable tablets are future). So why would someone carry a bulky 2 kg lappy with them when the whole purpose could be solved by foldable pc tablet...

9. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I stead of this play toy by the name of iPad pro, it would have been a better idea to have a touchscreen MacBook pro convertible.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ipad is a $1000 their macbooks is $2000, they could sell a hybird for $3000!

18. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Atleast it could run a full blown Mac OSX and do some real productive work with the added convenience of having an easy pen input.

12. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Welp. iPad Pro will forever remain useless then.

15. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This is what the iPad Pro is supposed to be.

24. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Well at first. Since it doesn't have any apps that is optimized for the 12 inch. Wait for a few months then you decide what to say. It's been 2 days since its release. And yet in here. Bashing already.

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The problem is mate, you now got the windows phone problem. No sales means no apps, as the iPad pro is not going to sell in big numbers (for app makers to redesign or make apps, they only got watch apps as they was thinking it was going to sell and you not even going to get to close to the number

14. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Apple is not stupid. Why give the people one device when they can sell two. A lot of people that are "Apple People " want to own every product they make.

32. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

So instead, they shoul watch suface out sell both mac and ipad sales together. Check the news, hybrids sales are on the rise..... And ipad sales are going down...... You honestly think there is no relation btw this two?

33. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

While I find the statement given by Tim Cook is kinda stupid(I really can't find a better word to describe it). Still, this what Apple plan to do anyway. I don't really think they are still into the "Invention" game, it like they are just trying to ooze out every single penny from the dedicated Apple boy. Just like what you said, "Why give the people one device when they can sell two". While I know some Apple fan that truly not what they should buy from Apple and what they shouldn't, there more people who will just buy anything that came out from Apple.

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