File this just one under Much too Nuts to Ignore: A leaker on Twitter claims that Apple is functioning on a “smaller edition of macOS” that will operate “exclusively” on the new M2 iPad Professional subsequent calendar year.
We’re with you—there are a large amount of reasons to be skeptical. For one, the leaker, Majin Bu, doesn’t have substantially of a observe report outside of case leaks and the still-to-be-confirmed 14-inch iPad. For a further, there’s extremely very little evidence that Apple is operating to merge the iPad and Mac strains other than the two sharing the exact Phase Supervisor aspect in iPadOS 16 and Ventura. And lastly, limiting these kinds of a dramatic adjust to a single iPad Professional design would raise the ire of several consumers.
But nonetheless, it’s an fascinating, if not exciting rumor. The iPad Pro remains a unit with untapped opportunity, with a screaming quickly processor, gorgeous Promotion show, Thunderbolt, and Deal with ID. Even so, while there are a few characteristics in iPadOS 16 that are special to M1-driven iPads, Apple hasn’t truly elevated the iPad Professional earlier mentioned its other fewer-costly iPads.
Bu statements that the “simplified” variation of macOS 14 will have “a 25% greater macOS UI” which is presumably optimized for contact. But since iPadOS currently supports trackpad navigation with the Magic Keyboard, the normal macOS encounter wouldn’t need to modify. And now that Apple has included Phase Supervisor to both iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, there’s something of a unified navigation method as very well.
So probably it is not so nuts. As it stands there aren’t a ton of factors to obtain an iPad Professional about an iPad Air, and a “lite” model of macOS would completely shake items up in a large way. We won’t know if this rumor is real until Apple uvneils the upcoming variation of macOS at WWDC in June—or until finally Mark Gurman or Ming-Chi Kuo corroborates it—but for now, we’re delighted to keep dreaming.