OK, this is a little long, but hear me out. At WWDC 2017 Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro alongside a revamped version of iOS specifically for iPad. This was one of the biggest changes to the iPad UI since inception. While it is still a far cry from macOS, it made it a lot more useful for multitasking and made it look more like macOS. At WWDC 2018 Apple partially lifted the veil on what was internally referred to as Project Marzipan, while not adding many new features to the iPad. This new system will enable iOS UIKit apps to run on macOS alongside AppKit apps. This is a big deal. However, Apple said they aren't merging iOS and macOS. But what if they're not merged, but converged at the point of application code? This is will be true for macOS being able to run iOS apps, but what would happen if iOS could run macOS apps? Now I'm not talking about mouse and keyboard, per se, but the ability to quickly get AppKit up and running with a modified touch layer in UIKit. This is even more interesting when you consider the announcement the other day from Adobe that "full Photoshop" with "real Photoshop code" is coming to the iPad in 2019. That's an interesting statement. Doesn't "real code" mean Mac code? What's even more interesting is that Phil Schiller was on stage for the event, which he never does for third party companies. Apple wants to accelerate getting Pro apps on iPad, and this could be a way to do that faster. Partnering with Adobe makes sense, as they're the market leader in the creative professional space. So what does this have to do with the redesigned iPad Pro? The USB-C port with 4K output. This is one of the rumored big new features on the iPad Pro. Macs have USB-C. Lightning can do video and even handle USB 3.0. Apple only changes something like that if there is a really good reason to. What could that reason be? Here is where I wander into conjecture, but I think I might be on to something which is why I'm sharing. Perhaps I'm clouded by my desire for this to happen, but here we go. What if you can plug the iPad Pro's USB-C port into any display to turn it into a lightweight Mac? Not actually merged into macOS—can't run any app, can't jack around with the system—but that acts like a Mac productivity wise, much in the same way that the new dock on the iPad looks like a Mac dock but doesn't behave exactly like one. With full desktop class apps running on iPad, they could have a sort of universal binary that presents the desktop UI when on an external display, and also tweaks the iOS UI to be more mouse friendly. The smallest of the new iPads is supposed to be even wider than the current 10.5" at 11". What if the iPad, when connected, acts as a keyboard and trackpad, with the option to connect BT devices when connected to an external display? Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here. Or maybe they'll announce the new iPad but not go into any further details and do similar to what I've stated above at a later date—moving to USB-C to lay the groundwork for future updates and their long-term vision. Am I crazy or does this make any sense to you guys? Or perhaps the connector is only so that you can run video-in from a connected Mac. It's just that the Marzipan stuff along with what Adobe said has me thinking something fishy is going on behind the scenes. The point against what I've said is that there aren't exactly a lot of displays lying around that you can plug into. TVs might count but it's cumbersome to run a cable to an iPad, say in a hotel room, to use while traveling—which could be a compelling use case for such a device. A wireless display system would be more useful, but would require a whole new set of standards to be implemented by display makers (wireless 4K HDMI?) and would take many years to be commonly found.