If you feel like it’s a matter of time before the iPad and MacBook become one and the same device, similar to the Microsoft Surface, there’s at least one person in the know who will tell you you’re wrong: Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Speaking to the Irish Independent newspaper, Cook said that Apple would not make a “converged” Mac and iPad.
“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” said Cook. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”
But that doesn’t mean both Macs and iPads won’t continue to resemble each other in new and interesting ways, when it makes sense. That’s especially true with iPads, which are starting to rival the power and speeds of MacBook Pros.
“It’s true that the difference between the X86 [personal computer] and the A-series [Apple iPad architecture] is much less than it’s ever been,” says Cook. “That said, what we’ve tried to do is to recognise that people use both iOS and Mac devices. So we’ve taken certain features and made them more seamless across the devices. So with things like Handoff we just made it really simple to work on one of our products and pick it up and work on the next product.”
This, of course, follows Tim Cook’s famous (and quickly downplayed) diss against the Microsoft Surface, which he called “deluded.”
I count myself in the seemingly large camp of people who barely uses his iPad anymore, so I don’t really want my Mac and iPad to converge. What do you think?