Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad may feature an operating system that integrates OS X and iOS, according to supply chain sources speaking to Digitimes. The sources state that Apple has two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes in development, with one model being a "2-in-1 device" that utilizes elements from both operating systems while the other resembles previous iPads. The report also notes that the 12.9-inch iPad isn't expected to go into mass production until 2015.

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Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini

The idea of Apple combining both OS X and iOS into one platform has been a popular subject for quite some time, as both have begun to share design principles and features. Notably, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz predicted earlier this year that the company is working on a combo operating system which would utilize an iOS device docked to a secondary display for a full computer experience.

However, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi stated in a January interview with Macworld that iOS and OS X convergence is a "non-goal" for the company, with the latter saying that Apple's is focused on making best products for unique purposes. That vision was also shared by Federighi at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, where he stated the following during the reveal of Apple's new "Continuity" features for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite:

At Apple, we believe you should be able to use the right device for the moment. We want the transitions between these moments to be as absolutely natural and seamless as possible.

Some of the Continuity features Apple is integrating with iOS 8 and OS X include "Handoff", which allows users to start a task on one device and finish it on another. Other features include the ability for users to answer a call made to their iPhone on the Mac, and the ability for iPads and Macs to receive SMS messages from non-Apple devices. It is likely that Apple will look to build more Continuity-like features that improve cross-platform integration between iOS and OS X as opposed to working on a full-blown hybrid platform.

Apple is said to be preparing its 12.9-inch iPad for early 2015. Some rumors have claimed that the tablet will come with an ultra high-resolution display and adopt an ultra-thin chassis and narrow side bezels similar to the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini.

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Top Rated Comments

farewelwilliams Avatar
125 months ago
hahaha, just from reading the title, I said to myself "must be from Digitimes"

sure enough, it's from Digitimes.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaynamo Avatar
125 months ago
Thought 'someone' said that their competitors were "confused".
I call BS on this iPad Surface Pro.....
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yjchua95 Avatar
125 months ago

Image (https://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/12_9_ipad_ipad_4_mini_light-800x450.jpg) Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air

MacBook Air? You mean an iPad with retina display right?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Intelligent Avatar
125 months ago
OS X is called that because it is based on unix. They might go to OS 11 if they change the whole platform of the OS, but otherwise we will see OS X 10.11 next year.

iOS is UNIX too.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lewisdorigo Avatar
125 months ago
"Report" "Claims". Yeah, no. Apple already said that they would not make a hybrid of the Operating Systems.
Whilst I agree that this is an unlikely rumor, Apple also said that they wouldn’t make a video iPod (http://www.engadget.com/2004/04/29/steve-jobs-says-it-again-no-video-ipod/), tablet or phone (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/Steve_Jobs_No_Tablet_No_PDA_No_Cell_Phone_Lots_Of_iPods/); that 7" tablets are terrible (http://www.imore.com/steve-jobs-7inch-tablets-terrible) and that 10" is the “minimum required for great tablet apps”; and that 3.5" (and then 4") was the ideal size for a phone.

They’re prone to changing their minds.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michaelgtrusa Avatar
125 months ago
I will have to see this to believe it.
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