Wayne Ma, reporting for The Information:
Apple is developing its largest iPad yet, a model with a 16-inch
screen that it hopes to release in the fourth quarter of next
year, according to a person familiar with the project. The device
would further blur the line between the iPad and MacBook, bringing
the tablet’s screen size in line with that of Apple’s largest
laptop, which also features a 16-inch display. Apple’s biggest
iPad currently sports a 12.9-inch screen. [...]
The move would again raise speculation about whether Apple will
one day merge the iPad and MacBook into a single product line or
merge the two operating systems given their overlapping features.
Apple executives have said they consider the MacBook and iPad
different products. MacBooks are designed to work best with
external inputs like keyboards and trackpads, while the iPad works
best with touch.
A 16-inch iPad Pro would just be a 16-inch iPad Pro. It would neither mean nor suggest anything other than that some iPad users would enjoy and make good use of a larger display. This obsession with “merging” iPads and Macs is nonsense. “Apple executives have said they consider the MacBook and iPad different products” is the dumbest sentence I’ve read in weeks. They are different products. Even adding touchscreen displays to MacBooks — which I doubt will happen more than ever — would not imply a platform “merger” is in the works.
Only someone who has no understanding of one or both of the two platforms could even think a “merger” is possible. Any scenario where Apple unifies both platforms into one OS would be pointlessly destructive — utterly ruining one or the other platform (and most likely ruining both).
★ Thursday, 27 October 2022