Trademark filing hints that El Capitan is coming to iPad

Trademark filing hints that El Capitan is coming to iPad


El Capitan coming to an iPad near you?
El Capitan coming to an iPad near you?
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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


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