Apple THIS is what we WANT

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mcman77, May 8, 2012.

  1. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2011
  2. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
  3. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    What you're saying is "this is what I want right now."

    Apple employs lots of smart creative people who have given a lot of though to long-term strategies re: merging the laptop and tablet hardware and software platforms. They've clearly been blurring lines in recent years making OSX more iOS-like and vice versa. However, they'll do it on a schedule that accommodates their business goals.

    There's arguably a risk to "too much too soon" (and you can possibly throw the new iPad into that category) because you stand to underdeliver on features/price. For example, the demand for the fantasy iPad/MBA combo would be huge at $899 but likely DOA at $1,899.
  4. jj48, May 8, 2012
    Last edited: May 8, 2012

    jj48 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    There you go, fixed that for you.

    But seriously I always hear a lot of people bash this idea and yet anyone with either a MBA or an iPad should at least be interested in this because it could in theory give you the functionality of both in the same device. The problems as I see them are:

    This thing would probably topple over if the screen was tilted back. The weight of the MBA screen is light in comparison to the weight of the iPad.

    How to integrate seamlessly 2 operating systems. Not easy, if possible at all in their current forms.

    Pricing and hardware logistics. Would this thing have 2 processors? 2 SSDs? If so then this thing would be pretty pricey. If not then the iPad would have to house all the powerful components. Along with the already mentioned problem of weight the iPad would then have to house a more powerful processor (and bigger battery to power it), more memory, more storage, more everything. This will only add weight, bulk and cause extreme heating issues. Note that a MBA has a fan for a reason. If the hardware to run this thing is housed in the iPad then it's either going to be horribly underpowered, melting on your desk or somehow have a fan system integrated into it.

    Probably more besides this.
  5. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    So, we want an iPad that hovers over the base of an MBA?

    I don't.
  6. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Does it come with an anti-grav unit to hold up the display?
  7. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I think there is a small minority of people who would want that.

    Also, I have always hated using laptops. They seemed cool back when I didn't have one. Then I got one and hated it. They're heavy, they're not easy to use in a train or plane seat, they get excruciatingly hot, and they're a pain to lug around in a laptop bag, especially when you're flying and having to get one through security.

    I have always used laptops as a necessary evil and as a way to get things done and still be able to be with my family, not down in my dungeon where our tower lives.

    When iPad 1 came out, I still had a laptop and took it on a family vacation. We were sitting at the gate waiting to get on a plane, and I saw a guy with an iPad (this was about a week after they came out and nobody had one yet). He was casually scrolling through his e mail, looking at Facebook, looking at photos, etc. I was standing there with my laptop bag hanging on my shoulder and turning bright green with envy.

    That was my "AHA!" moment. A tablet is what I have been longing for this whole time. The iPad was the answer to my prayers. I wasn't storing anything on my laptop, and I wasn't using it for anything that required all that processor and RAM. I was just using it to fill out orders for work, surf the web, and check e mail.

    I think a lot of people want to get away from the traditional laptop. Doesn't mean a hybrid wouldn't sell. But I really don't think a hybrid like this follows Apple's rules of simplicity. People want tablets now, not laptops.
  8. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    People were complaining that the smart cover was scratching their screen. Imagine what the keyboard would do. This is a great idea in theory; however, in practice this idea would fall apart pretty quickly.
  9. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  10. seajewel macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2010
    so laptops have scratched screens? and all keyboard covers must cause scratched screens as well. Sounds like a pretty absurd response.. it's not difficult to create recessed keys or whatever so that they aren't in contact with the screen directly.
  11. salmoally macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2012
    Why not just buy and iPad and a Macbook Air?

    Problem solved, next.
  12. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
  13. sinser macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
  14. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Correct. Laptop screens are exactly the same as iPad screens..
  15. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    I saw one of these things not too long ago, i didnt like it because it was using bluetooth... If apple would of put the dock connector on the side of the ipad this would be a huge seller... Im talking about the keyboard dock of course... The ipad is already a huge seller.
  16. TrentS macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2011
    Overland Park, Kansas

    You can already get a keyboard for the iPad. I don't care for the "slim on one end and fat on the other" look of the Mac Air. I am happy with my iPad 3, but only wish I could have 256 gig on board SSD. Maybe an SD card slot, Flash, quad core 4 GHZ processor, quadrophonic speakers with Dolby surround sound, and a 10" subwoofer on the back side!

    :D :D :D :D
  17. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    To drive OSX your will need Intel X86 processors, fan to cool in and much shorter battery life. That thing will cost about same as an ipad and macbook air combined. So why don't you just buy an ipad and 11" macbook air?
  18. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    No we don't. Get a toshiba protege that flips if u want that silliness. The iPad is not meant to replace any notebook.

    They should instead allow for touchscreen while on a notebook. Think about it if they did your hybrid solution what is the point of creating an iPad in the first place? Who is going to carry a dock around and the iPad. How often do u dock your iPad?

    This is just a temporary delusion you have going on and it will pass when u realize the iPad is perfect the way it is now...
  19. PatrickW98 macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2012
    Subrubs of Chicago, IL
  20. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    Actually, the solution is even easier. Buy Macbook Air. The screen is conveniently attached the keyboard, and it folds up nicely.
  21. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Why? Adobe retired Flash development. HTML 5 --> Adapt or die.
  22. Timoke6 macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2012
    actually this is a pretty cool idea! i like it!:)
  23. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    You wish. Just look at printers. A majority still have an EPP (printer) port!
    It just won't die off.
  24. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Do people not have the sense to know that what they want in no way applies to the rest of the damn world?
  25. dancj macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    I generally despise those "fixed that for you" posts.

    This once though it's completely warranted.

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