Right after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book (a.k.a., the “ultimate laptop”), I wrote that I hope Apple copies the idea and creates a similar iPad/MacBook combo. I said that despite the fact that Apple has steadfastly insisted it will never merge iOS and OS X. In Apple’s view, there are specific purposes for the iPad and the MacBook, so seeing a Mac with a touchscreen display seems out of the question.
However, it looks like Apple studied the “ultimate laptop” idea as far back as 2011, when the company first filed for a patent describing such a piece of technology. More →