A 16-inch iPad only makes sense if it’s running macOS

Take this one with a grain of salt, but The Information says Apple is developing a 16-inch iPad that it hopes to release in the fourth quarter of next year. The article quotes an unnamed “person familiar with the project.

The article adds that such a device would “further blur the line between the iPad and Mac laptops. Apple’s largest Mac laptop is the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Claims of a 16-inch iPad tops previous claims that Apple is working on (depending on the rumor) a 14-inch or 16-inch tablet. But exactly whom would such a device be targeted?

The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks that such a machine would only make sense if it’s running macOS instead of iPadOS. As As noted by AppleInsider, leaker Majin Bu claims Apple is working on a version of macOS exclusively for the M2 iPad Pro.

He says it will be a “smaller” version of the operating system and arrive in 2023. According to Bu, testing is being done with a 25% larger macOS UI so it is suitable for touch. However, apps run on the product would still be iPad-optimized versions, not macOS ones.

I’m still a bit dubious about this (why wouldn’t Apple just release macOS on an iPad instead of a “lite” version). However, Apple constantly describes the iPad as its most “versatile” device and has said that “your next computer might not be a computer.”

What would be more versatile than a 16-inch iPad Pro running macOS?

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.