Apple CEO Tim Cook has denied any MacBook-iPad hybrid idea. Meanwhile he attacked Windows 8
It is now certain that Apple has no plan to combine its iOS and OS X or iPad and MacBook to a single platform. The company’s CEO Tim Cook has knocked off the idea during its second quarter earnings call. A rumor was gaining ground that Apple planned a hybrid version of its tablet and laptop in style of Microsoft’s Windows 8. But Mr. Cook has completely rejected the idea saying that it is unpleasing to combine products that have different identities and customer base. The Apple CEO has really made the statement as a bang over its archrival Microsoft, which is about to uncover Windows 8, a converged version of its operating system for every device from a tablet, laptop, desktop, server to a powerful all-in-one PC.
“Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left doesn’t please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user,” Cook added. Certainly, Cook’s toaster and refrigerator comparison will be an annoyance to the Redmond software giant, which hopefully looks into the merge of its Windows version for tablet and laptops.
Quarter earnings and MacBook-iPad hybrid
As noted above, Apple CEO denied the idea of a MacBook-iPad merger at an event to announce its second quarter earnings. The company’s second quarter results reveal that it has sold out a whopping 47 million iOS devices including iPad during the period. It was when it could only sell 4 million Macs. The difference is huge that anyone will get a clear picture of the company’s large dependence on the handheld devices. There is a big gap in the sales count of its iPad and MacBook devices. So rumormongers may have better reason to think that Apple will merge its Mac and iPad to a single device and attract more customers.
Windows 8 and MacBook-iPad hybrid
If Tim Cook targeted Windows 8 with his ‘toaster and refrigerator’ comparison, it doesn’t really make much sense. What Microsoft is really doing is not combining any existent tablet platform with a laptop platform. The company just attempts to venture into the lucrative tablet market with a touch-enabled version of its Windows OS. Remember, a touch-enabled Windows 8 for laptops and desktops will certainly be an extra advantage for Microsoft over Apple and others. In total, besides getting a touch-enabled version of Windows for laptops, Microsoft can also enter into the tablet market with its Windows 8.
When it comes to a touch-enabled firmware for notebooks and PCs, it looks that Apple also has a secrete plan with its OS X. Facing a question from the Wall Street Journal on probability of Macs with touch-screens, Mr. Cook played a secrecy card. “Well, our notebooks, I wouldn’t want to answer, because that’s sort of a roadmap question, and, you know, we like to be secretive on those things,” Apple CEO told Jessica E. Vascellaro of the Journal. It simply means that on the heels of Windows 8, we can expect an OS X version with touch-enabled capability.
Will Macbook-iPad hybrid get acceptance?
There is less chance for the success of a MacBook-iPad hybrid device. It is because both platforms have been aiming at diverse target audiences. As of now, iPad continues its supremacy in tablet market. It is the world’s most-sought-after tablet PC ever. Maybe, there will be a slump in the sales of Macs, which is more due to the overall weakness of the desktop industry. As a whole, it turns out that Tim Cook and Apple are right in their decision with a MacBook-iPad hybrid.