An Apple tablet running macOS should be dubbed a ‘Mac Pad,’ not an iPad

As noted by AppleInsider, leaker Majin Bu claimed in October 2022 that Apple is working on a version of macOS exclusively for the M2 iPad Pro. I’m skeptical, but I’d love to see this happen.

Bu said it will be a “smaller” version of the operating system and arrive in2023. He added that testing is being done with a 25% larger macOS user interface so it would still be suitable for touch. However, apps running on the product would purportedly still be iPad-optimized versions, not macOS ones.

However, as AppleInsider pointed out, “it isn’t clear why Apple would move the iPad to a macOS interface in a half-step like this.” If the tech giant is planning on bringing macOS to the iPad Pro, let’s have the real deal. Go big or go home.

There’s another issue, however: writing for iMore, Lloyd Coombes said an iPad running macOS would be very confusing.

He wrote: “For one, the aforementioned confusion about the iPad lineup is difficult enough when it comes to peripherals and features, but can you imagine trying to work out which iPad to buy if you want a macOS experience?” 

The most obvious solution would not be to call an Apple tablet running macOS an iPad, but a Mac Pad. As I’ve said before, I’d love to see such a device. Here’s what I envision as my ultimate Apple device:

Imagine an iPad Pro form factor (a Mac Pad) that works with a detachable keyboard, as well as a mouse and trackpad. Imagine such a device plugging into a 21-inch or 27-inch Apple display when you need a bigger screen. You could also plug in an external GPU for even better performance and connect external drives for more storage.

Apple actually was granted a patent in 2006 for such a system. Apple has filed a patent for an Integrated monitor and docking station for a laptop its been unearthed. The docking station would allow a laptop (or, in my scenario, a Mac Pad) to be slid into the design from the side and then acting as a desktop computer.

The Apple Pad would pack an Apple-developed processor and could be offered in various sizes: 11 inches, 13 inches, 15 inches, perhaps even 16 inches.

Under this scenario, when you want a big screen, keyboard, lots of processing power, etc., you would use the Apple Pad/Apple Display/eGPU combo. When you’re on the go, detach the Apple Pad and take it with you.

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.