Originally Posted by hlfnlsn
How about an iPad that can dual boot? When it is in its docking shell with a keyboard and track pad it can boot into OS X, when it is taken out it boots into iOS. When docked they could make the OS X partition sync with iOS. Or maybe the switching between the two OSs could be more seamless like parallels does the windows/OS X thing. Hey, one can dream right?
Let me preface this by saying I understand it's a dream, but you got me thinking, so...
I like the idea a lot, the execution seems like it would risk being confusing software-wise and inelegant hardware-wise. I'd imagine that it'd go straight into iOS with no reboot. Probably there'd be a SSD in the iPad part/screen part and a bigger SSD or HDD in the keyboard part and they sort of sync key specific folders into apps. Ignoring the notion that folders don't have anything to do with the iOS philosophy...
Software-wise: particularly when doing something with Microsoft Office that's on OS X, but not available for iOS, when you take off the iPad part on a whim, what happens to your work in the unsupported program? It just disappears? Is it securely saved on the keyboard part as it goes to sleep? People are going to wonder why they can't just finish their word doc when they split it. And to be elegant, it should just be available instantly but with a touchscreen keyboard instead of the physical in an iOS equivalent program. Before anyone says iWork... not enough people use that, especially at work. Plus there's other programs where this'd be a problem, Word's just a Prime example.
1. How are you going to have a keyboard that's able to be easily separated from the screen, yet still feel like a single, solid device when it's together? It'd be hard to make it feel solid like a unibody macbook.
2. Plus... you've got to be able to do something cool with the keyboard when the screen is undocked. If it's just sitting around useless, well that makes it clutter, especially if it's only designed to be docked with the iPad part. But then, if you give it the ability to hook up to a monitor like a standard mac, then you're going to be stuck with two basically separate computers doing two separate tasks and they'll never really link up without breaking one computer or the others work flow.
3.Or (assuming my software issue above were solved) what if you're doing a word doc on the full computer, then break off to the iPad part and continue working, then later you plug the keyboard into the monitor and go off in another direction with your story/report/whatever? Then you need to merge two dissimilar documents based on the same thing. That or you need to save another copy (to avoid overwriting) which might make you think twice about putting them back together at all. And you'd want to be encouraged to put them together effortlessly since they're supposed to be one thing.
I think it'd be really cool, don't get me wrong. But, I don't know how you'd solve this stuff in a slick way. Not even getting into the cost part of things, just as a concept it seems like it'd be difficult to execute. That said, if they do it, I want one too.
(pardon my lazy writing, I'm beat)