I know some Apple World Today readers disagree with my prediction (or perhaps it’s just hope) that Apple will release a laptop/tablet combo running Mac OS X (I call it the MacPad” ) with the next two years. I understand your point of view, but recent data makes this seem more likely.
Worldwide tablet shipments will drop to 195 million units in 2016, down -5.9% from 2015, according to a new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast. Looking beyond 2016, IDC expects the overall market to return to positive growth, albeit single digit, driven by growing demand for detachable devices. This hybrid category that brings together slate tablets and personal computers is expected to grow from 16.6 million shipments in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020, according to the research group.
“Everyone in the industry recognizes that traditional personal computers like desktops and notebooks will potentially be replaced by detachables in the coming years and this is why we will see a lot of new products being introduced this year,” says said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director, Tablets.
Personally, I don’t think detachables will hurt desktop sales very much, but I do think the category could damper sales of laptops and big tablets such as the iPad Pro (which I’m a big fan of, by the way). Anyway, as I said, the “MacPad” would double as both a laptop AND a tablet.