MacBook Air and the iPad combined into 1 iDevice
I have this crazy idea that Apple would decide to combine a MacBook Air and an iPad into one iDevice. Although you might say that I should get an ASUS Transformer Prime, it is actually not what I had in mind. I want something better than that. A mobile device that gives a mobile user the best of both worlds. The benefits of an instant on device like the iPad and the availability of a workhorse like the MacBook.
What I wanted is for the iPad to continue functioning as an iPad when it is detached from the “Mac CPU Unit”. I will still run iOS and run apps made for iOS.
The “Mac CPU Unit” in the mean time is a fully functional MacBook Air with several key differences.
One is that it doesn’t have a display.
The other is that it contains a Thunderbolt docking mechanism where the special iPad can attach itself to become the display for the “Mac CPU Unit” (MCU). Once the iPad is attached to the MCU, it becomes the display for a fully functional Mac OS X based computer. And I can switch to iOS or to the Mac OS X screen.
Why would I and possibly a whole bunch of Mac users want this you may ask?
It’s all about being mobile. There are a lot of people, me included, who bring a MacBook and an iPad when they travel because their work dictates it. Although the MacBook Air and the iPad are light devices, it would still be better if Apple can get rid of the extra weight of another display.
Apple may never get to create such an iDevice but who knows. Maybe someone at Apple would read this and agree with my crazy idea and make it a reality.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.