Could it really be that the Microsoft Surface Pro and RT have inspired Apple into following suit?
There hasn’t been a product launch in recent history that comes close to that of the Surface Pro or the Surface RT in terms of having the world peeking through its fingers to watch something of a car crash. The trouble is, this time most were already expecting the pair to flop having failed to impress by concept alone and scaring the hell out of us all with high prices or substandard performance.
However, while the critical and consumer masses weren’t exactly set on fire by the Surface tablets, Microsoft might have won at least an altered mind of respect from a Cupertino company.
A recent Apple patent application found by the folks over at Apple Insider would seem to suggest that the company’s denial that they’d ever consider making an OS X laptop with a touchscreen might not have been quite so honest after all. But then again, these kinds of firms are not exactly what you’d call open books when it comes to what they’re planning.
The patent in question depicts something of a laptop-tablet hybrid which for all intents and purposes looks like the ATIV Smart PC from Samsung. These are the kinds of devices that work like a laptop but have a touchscreen display that can be removed and used on its own as a fully-functional tablet.
Could it therefore be that Apple is looking to get right what Microsoft got so desperately wrong with the Surface RT and Surface Pro?
In theory, an Apple device that bridges the gap between the iPad and the MacBook is a sure-fire winner if ever there was one. That is, assuming they can put it out for the right price.
On the other hand however, a pretty sizeable proportion of these patents listing that pop up never come to anything in terms of consumer products, but it’s certainly an interesting idea to ponder nonetheless.