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iPad Pro to combine iOS and Mac OS X

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday October 07, 2014.

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A day ago I wrote that news surrounding the oft rumoured iPad Pro was pretty thin on the ground, but ironically today a batch of info arrived courtesy of Digitimes. According to the report, Apple is working on not just one, but two iPad Pro devices and one of them will run both iOS and Mac OS X.

Before getting any further it is worth mentioning that this is strictly rumor at this point and a tenuous one at that, citing typically volatile "rumors in the upstream supply chain". That said, Digitimes has a solid record and it is interesting at least to see the report suggests Cupertino's iPad launch event in a couple of weeks' time will be a busy event.

The source says two iPad Pro device are in the works. The first of these could land this month and will run iOS, essentially arriving as a bigger version of the iPad Air that's already available. However, the other will be a dual multifunction product that will run Apple's mobile centric iOS and the company's computer software, Mac OS X. However, like the Apple Watch, the launch event is likely only going to be to show off the device and it will instead arrive during February of 2015.

I would love to see this kind of 2-in-1 device which would be just like a bunch of Windows tablets currently on the market that run full Windows 8.1. However, this rumor should be approached with caution because Apple CEO Tim Cook has been aggressively negative about these hybrid machines in the past and said Apple would not build one.

When pressed in 2012 whether Cupertino would deliver multifunction machines like Windows, Cook said, "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.

Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in trade-offs, one's Apple isn't willing to make. "We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view.

Of course, Cook's stance could have changed in the two years since, but there are other obstacles to clear, such as Apple needing to have two separate CPU architectures. So, what do you think, is the iPad Pro coming?

source: Digitimes

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