Despite the success Microsoft has made with the Surface Book, Apple does not intend to develop a hybrid tablet notebook device in the near future. Hardly surprising, Tim Cook said several years ago that the Mac and the iPad would never converge, as such a product would lead to a series of compromises that would be detrimental to usability.
"Everything can be forced to convergence". Cook said during a telephone conference in April 2012, "But the problem is that the products are compromised, you start making compromises to the point where what you have left at the end of the day does not please anyone can merge a toaster and a fridge, but you know these things are unlikely to please the user. "
Cook sticks to his gun six years later. During an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald after Apple's recent education-oriented event in Chicago, the Apple CEO doubled his testimony a few years ago.
When asked about the clear dividing line between the Mac and the iPad, Cook replied:
We do not believe in diluting one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons why both are incredible is because we made them do what they do well. And when you begin to summarize the two … start making compromises and compromises.
Maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. but that is not the point. They know that it's about giving people things they can use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. This fusion thing, which some people are fixated on, I do not think users want.
However, it is worth noting that Apple did not abandon the idea of a converged Mac / iPad device. On the contrary, the company has explored the feasibility of such a product in recent years before coming to a conclusion.
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From an ergonomic point of view, we've studied this pretty extensively and we believe that on a desktop scenario where you have a solid keyboard, touching interfaces is uncomfortable. iOS from the beginning was designed as a multi-touch experience ̵1; you do not have the things you have in a mouse-controlled interface, such as a cursor to move around, or small, "tight" boxes that you do not hit can with your finger. The Mac OS was developed from day one for an indirect pointing mechanism. These two worlds are intentionally different, and that's a good thing – we can optimize the best experience for everyone and not try to put it into a common denominator.
In short, it's a sure thing A hybrid Mac / iPad device from Apple will never see the light of day.