Talk of an enlarged, so-called "iPad Pro" has been rife for about a year now, but with the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro having rolled out in that time, there’s a genuine feeling that Apple is finally poised to counter with a similar effort of its own. The slate, which will apparently include a 12.9-inch display, remains something of an enigma, but a new report cites the usual sources familiar by claiming that it will run a hybrid operating system combining bits of iOS and OS X into one.
The idea of an iOS / OS X hybrid is appealing for a number of reasons, no less because the mobile ecosystem still lacks many key features that Mac users have long since been accustomed to. But with so much work having just been put into Yosemite and iOS 8 still not where Apple wants it to be as yet, the likelihood of a combined operating system being ready for this tablet next year seems a tad far-fetched.
The report, somewhat unsurprisingly, hails from Digitimes, which is famously hit-and-miss with its aspersions, and while we’ve no way of proving that the article isn’t almost complete fabrication, our better judgment inclines us to believe that this is more educated guesswork by either Digitimes or its cited sources.
In 5 or more years, OS X and iOS may well be as one. But it’s something that, you would think, could only be achieved in the long term, and the idea that the iPad Pro will roll out next year with a converged OS seems a little beyond the realm of possibility for now.
image: iPad Pro concept
Amalgamating iOS and OS X is not an overnight job as the Digitimes report seems to imply, but with the blogosphere still pretty fixated on the iPad Pro, what can we expect from this sizeable slab? Well, along with a 12.9-inch Retina display, it’s also expected to include a thin bezel akin to the iPad Air, but while it’s likely to face-off with the other Pro tabs swarming the market, there’s currently very little else to tell of what Apple has planned.
Would you like to see an iPad running a combination of iOS and OS X?