padOS? iPad Pro specific iOS 13? Why not simply give us a macOS tablet?

padOS? iPad Pro specific iOS 13? Why not simply give us a macOS tablet?

With iOS 13 certain to be unveiled at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference, several folks and publications — such as Cult of Mac — expect some serious operating system updates for the iPad Pro, such as mouse support and an improved file system. Others want Apple to go even further.

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Will iOS and macOS continue individually? Or will they merge into ‘AppleOS’?

Will iOS and macOS continue individually? Or will they merge into ‘AppleOS’?

Some folks disagree -- including Apple CEO Tim Cook, but I think that in time, macOS and iOS will merge into one operating system. I’ve expressed this opinion in the past, but a new Macworld column by Jason Snell, “iOS and macOS: What does the future hold?” inspired me to bring the subject up again.

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Apple’s K-12 market share hits a new low (is it time for a “MacPad”?)

Apple’s K-12 market share hits a new low (is it time for a “MacPad”?)

Apple’s share of the U.S. K-12 market has fallen to new lows, according to data released by researcher Futuresource Consulting. iPads accounted for only 17% of institutional educational purchases in the first quarter of 2016, while Mac laptops accounted for only 4%. In 2013, iPads accounted for nearly 40% of K-12 institutional purchases. 

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Desktop/tablet combos may be the future of computing

Desktop/tablet combos may be the future of computing

In the long-ago days of Ben Bajarin, writing for Techpinions, predicted that desktops are going to make a comeback and that it's notebooks that are "the past" as tablets such as the iPad continue to grow in popularity. I think he was onto something, despite a more-common line of thinking that the desktop is the past of personal computing as ever more folks move to laptops.

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Growth in hybrid devices expected to boom (which is why we need a ‘MacPad’)

Growth in hybrid devices expected to boom (which is why we need a ‘MacPad’)

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.

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Surface gaining on iPads in US government usage — which is why we need the ‘MacPad’

Surface gaining on iPads in US government usage — which is why we need the ‘MacPad’

Here’s another reason why I think we need a “MacPad” (a tablet running OS X): the adoption of Surface tablets is on the rise by the U.S. government, while the use of iPads is declining, according to the “2016 Federal Tablet Market” report.

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Here’s why I think we’ll see a Mac OS X tablet within two years

Here’s why I think we’ll see a Mac OS X tablet within two years

“The saturation of the tablet market, the long life cycles of tablets themselves and the abundance of substitute devices were major factors that contributed to the large shipment decline,” says Anita Wang, notebook analyst for TrendForce. “Tablets were challenged by many large and small devices during 2015, from smartphones sized 5 inches and above to 2-in-1 PCs. Their demand diminished as a result.”

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