I enjoy the various Apple gadgets in my life: my iMac, my iPad Pro, and my 12-inch MacBook, as well as my iPhone and Apple Watch. However, in an ideal world, the first three would all be combined into one perfect device (well, perfect for me anyway). Here’s the Apple Pod as imagined by Yours Truly:
It’s a slim tablet — basically the size of an iPad Pro, but with a 10TB flash drive (don’t laugh; we’ll see laptops and tablets with such storage (http://tinyurl.com/pf4y8zv) by 2018 or sooner). It will run either: a) a touchscreen version of Mac OS X, or b) a version of iOS that’s more keyboard oriented and more multi-tasking friendly. The Apple Pod will come in Wi-Fi and Wi‑Fi + Cellular versions and run the eight-core A12 processor.
The device will work with an optical Smart Keyboard (or a descendant of it), so I can use the gadget as either a laptop or tablet for work and play when I’m on-the-go. However, once I’m back at the home office, I’ll insert the Apple Pod into the 27-inch (or bigger) Apple Display/Dock with a 5K Retina Display.
Once docked, the software in the Apple Pod will automatically adjust to the bigger screen. It will also immediately pair with my external keyboard, mouse, and trackpad.
Actually, Apple filed for a patent for a “dockable" computer back in 2006. It was for an “integrated monitor and docking station.” Here’s how the patent is described: “A docking station is disclosed. The docking station includes a display and a housing configured to hold the display in a manner that exposes a viewing surface of the display to view. The housing defines a docking area configured to receive a portable computer; The docking area is at least partly obscured by the display when viewed from the viewing surface side of the display at an angle substantially orthogonal to the viewing surface.”
I like the idea of such a device. For me, the Apple Pod would have all the conveniences of my tablet, desktop Mac, and laptop Mac, but with only one device to maintain and update.
The in-article graphic is courtesy of Gizmodo.