Hidden in the dense verbiage of Apple’s latest trademark filing for OS X El Capitan is an intriguing detail not previously seen in similar filings for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite — revealing that Apple’s next-gen OS X could possibly be on its way to the iPad.
As per the European Patent & Trademark Office’s official El Capitan filing, Apple has added “tablets” as a possible category covered for the operating system’s trademark. While this may just be Apple covering all its bases, it’s certainly an interesting possibility, which comes at a time when rivals like Microsoft are trying their best to combine the desktop and mobile experience.
Apple has previously been outspoken about its belief that iOS and OS X should remain separate, but the ability to run the full desktop version of Apple’s operating system (or to switch between OS X and iOS) would definitely be a unique selling point for the forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
With tablet sales continuing to decline, many are viewing the iPad Pro as a crucial release for Apple since it has the opportunity to re-establish the iPad as a “must have” device, particularly as a productivity tool. Other iPad Pro features are expected to include USB-C, a special stylus, NFC, Force Touch and Apple’s next-gen A9 processor.
Via: Patently Apple.