Apple is working on two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes, a 2-in-1 gadget that would run a ‘Mac OS/ iOS-integrated operating system’ and its long rumored, standard ‘iPad Pro’ tablet, according to the DigiTimes. Citing ‘sources in the supply chain,’ the DigiTimes indicate iOS-like functions being added to Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and Apple’s just recently used patents to bring a Siri-like voice support function to its Mac computers, as evidence that the rumor could be real. However, as 9to5Mac points out, supply chain sources are not known for making the best Apple forecasts which Tim Cook has publicly voiced his annoyance with combining tablet and laptop computer items.
In a 2012 profits call Cook described why Apple would never copy Microsoft and converge an iPad with a laptop.
When asked if Apple was planning to merge its tablet and laptop products, much as Microsoft is continuing with Windows 8, Cook reacted with a quip: “You can assemble a toaster and a fridge, but those aren’t going to be kindlying to the user.”
Cook specified that assembling the iPad with a laptop would lead to tradeoffs, ones Apple isn’t willing to make. “We are not going to that party, however others might from a protective viewpoint.”
Don’t forget, Steve Jobs also said in 2010 that 7-inch tablets are ‘worthless’ unless you include ‘sandpaper’ so users might ‘sand their fingers to a quarter of their size.’ That was three years prior to Apple released the iPad mini.
Even if the report holds true and Apple is actually working on a 12.9-inch iPad/laptop prototype, this does not suggest the gadget will ever be released to the the market.
Apple is expected to announce its new iPad lineup, new iMacs and Yosemite on October 16th. It is still unclear if the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will make an appearance at the event.