Apple is said to be unveiling a new device that will combine iPad features with a MacBook while using a 20-inch folding display.
The Cupertino, California-based company is said to be considering two options for its new “iPad-MacBook hybrid”. One possibility is that it could have a foldable screen attached to the physical keyboard.
But Apple seems to be leaning towards the latter design, where half of the screen of the new device will serve as a virtual keyboard and trackpad, according to Bloombergquote Ross Young of Supply Chain Consulting shows.
The new device, which bears similarities to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, is expected to be released around 2026, the same year the iPhone maker is expected to launch its much-anticipated electric car. me.
Apple is also planning to release a version of augmented reality glasses – a key item in its bid to compete with Facebook and other tech giants for a foothold in the metaverse.
The iPad and MacBook are two of Apple’s most popular products.
Last month, Apple said it posted record revenue of $124 billion in its fiscal first quarter — up 11% year-over-year, boosted by strong holiday sales, especially Mac computers.
The company sold $10.85 billion worth of Macs — a 25% improvement over the same period last year.
Its iPad sales have been hit by what Apple CEO Tim Cook says are supply chain issues.
Apple reported iPad sales of $7.25 billion, down 14% from the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Shares of Apple were down 0.6 percent in early morning trading Monday.
Cook has said that he expects the company to continue to grow this quarter as supply chain bottlenecks begin to loosen.
“What we expect for the third quarter is solid year-over-year revenue growth,” Cook said.
“And we expect supply constraints in Q3 to be less than in Q12.”
Cook added: “Our biggest issue is chip provisioning, which is providing chips on legacy nodes. And we’re doing fine with the top cutting edge stuff. “
https://nypost.com/2022/02/28/apple-plans-launch-of-hybrid-ipad-macbook-report/ Apple expected to launch iPad-MacBook hybrid: report