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Convertible MacBook Pro and iPad convergence

Microsoft may not be having a great time with their Surface Pro, along with other companies enjoying limited success with their hybrid devices. Apple has yet to get in on the action, but we have seen time and again that while they are not necessarily the first to bring something to the market, they do try and get their timing correct in order to do it right — well usually anyway.

With this in mind it comes as no surprise that Apple has applied for a patent where it looks eerily like a convertible MacBook Pro and iPad. The convergence of both devices will no doubt gain some negative attention from the Apple haters out there, but is it really such a bad idea?

In the patent filing the description is for a computer display that is able to detach itself from the main body, as well as being able to charge itself wirelessly. As we said above, other companies have their own hybrid devices, with CNET News pointing out the Dell XPS 12, but you have to wonder if Apple could make more of a success of things?

It was only last year when Tim Cook ridiculed convertible devices because he said they were more of a compromise. However, we have learned in the past that we should not believe what Apple says. We can give you two examples; the first is when Steve Jobs said they would never get into the cell phone business, and shortly after they released the iPhone. Then a few years later he said Apple were not interested in the tablet market, then not long after we see them unveil the iPad.

Now we are not saying Apple will release a convertible device, but we have to wonder if they will do a far better job of things than Microsoft?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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