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Gap between Macbook Pros and Airs and the IPad?

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Hi,

I am new to this forum and wanted to ask about what seems to be a gap in offerings from Apple. A number of friends and I wondered if there is a product coming with tablet setup but with more capability than the IPad - Perhaps a Macbook Air with a touchscreen and detachable keyboard (like the Microsoft Surface. I have an IPhone and Macbook pro and have avoided the IPad because of the redundancies.

 

Thank you.

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Considering how the Microsoft Surface and all other tablets of the sort you describe have been a terrible failure in the market, it would seem that Apple will not go there but rather will continue to produce what customers want.

 

It's already possible to use a bluetooth keyboard with an iPad.  Some 3rd parties make iPad cases with built-in bluetooth keyboards, though only about 1% of the iPads I see are used with keyboards.

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Thanks for the update. Ideally what I was hoping for is an IPad with more robust software capability - but perhaps that what the Air is for.
 

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... an IPad with more robust software capability ....
 

What does that mean exactly?  There is an app you want that is not available?

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Full Office functionality along with some specific software that I use daily (e.g. IMindmap).
 

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Full Office functionality…

 

iWork.


 along with some specific software that I use daily (e.g. IMindmap).

 

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If you need to run Mac apps on a device roughly the size of an iPad, the 11" MacBook Air is the solution.

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Full Office functionality along with some specific software that I use daily (e.g. IMindmap).
 


Office isn't terribly cpu intensive. It's just a matter of if they release it for iOS. I think Office along with a few other things that are still unfortunately necessary like printer drivers and more synergetic storage solutions would help the iPad considerably with sustained growth. I would assume Apple has discussed this internally and with Microsoft.

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