Don't bet on the 'iPad Pro' being a MacBook/iPad hybrid

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TIME says its research shows that computer buyers like businesspeople and students still want a traditional laptop rather than a "hybrid" device — a two-in-one gadget that works as both a laptop and tablet. Still, the magazine thinks that Apple is working on such a device. I think TIME is wrong.

The publication surmises that the upcoming 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" (which, keep in mind, has not been officially confirmed) will come with a keyboard accessory and can be used either as a desktop or a laptop, as well as a tablet. "Apple’s influence on the PC market is so great that if Apple endorsed the 2-in-1 idea in any way, it could validate the category as it did with MP3 players, smartphones and tablets beforehand," says TIME.

I think the iPad Pro will have an optional keyboard (as well as an optional stylus), but will most certainly be a tablet. It will be able to perform basic computing tasks such as word processing, doing spreadsheets, surfing the Net, and basic image editing. However, don't expect it to handle heavy duty video editing, hardcore gaming and 3D model rendering. You'll still need a "true" Mac laptop for those jobs.