I found myself daydreaming about the ultimate hybrid tablet/laptop device earlier today because I’m 12 years old, and I think I’ve got it nailed this time. Stay with me, unless you’re allergic to awesome ideas.
A 13″ iPad Pro. Fully functioning new class of device, runs iOS. Basically the thing we’re all expecting to see at some point.
The bottom half of a MacBook Pro–keys, battery, processor, etc. All the guts and power, no screen.
The magnet hinge that affixes Smart Covers right now locks into this bottom piece (obviously, but with some serious magnet upgrades), which has a hinged joint, for moving the screen to different positions.
When detached, the iPad has its own battery and processor and iOS runs normally. When docked, it connects with the MacBook body and OS X is not run from the iPad, but is displayed on it, as it’s run from the MacBook body. So it’s projected onto that screen. When you’re done, grab the screen, detach, and iOS pops right back on.
Think about it. That’s all I’m going to say. I realize this is ludicrous, and there’s a million reasons why Apple would never build it. But I would buy the shit out of this thing. And yes, I suppose you can do this (sort of) with some of the Windows PCs that are out there now, but we both know that’s no substitute for a device like this. Sell it to professional users, at a premium. Not for your grandma, bro. For serious work and play. They can use that if they like.
I don’t know why I torture myself like this.