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Apple could be planning a tablet notebook hybrid

Apple has recently passed the patents of a notebook-tablet hybrid which might be serving as the bridge between the tablets and the laptops in the future

As we can see that the generation of tablets has already started and is growing very fast. They are almost on the verge of overtaking the other computer markets. As earlier we have seen notebooks replacing the Desktop computers, in the same way the tablets have started conquerning the notebook market. So the manufacturers are really busy in making some alternatives of notebooks which will be having portability as tablets as well as being more powerful in all aspects from the tablet computers.

May be for this reason Apple is preparing for a new device which can be called as a MacBook-Tablet Hybrid. This hybrid might be able to provide a bridge between these two devices. The company has already received approval from the U.S. Patent Office for this new MacBook with a cellular antenna and a rotating display. This MacBook might be super thin like the MacBook Air and even have a super cellular connectivity and touchscreen versatility of the iPad.

This also means that it can give a tough competition to the Ultrabook design that is to come to the market in 2013, with an Intel Haswell processor as mentioned by Jack Purcher of Patently Apple. Although the first wave of the Ultrabooks are already in the market, but by next year they are expected to advance further by introducing the Intels Ivy Bridge processors, which are to consume half of the power of the current laptops.

The new Apple patent calls for a hinge structure that would allow a MacBook to rotate the laptop relative to the base, according to Purcher. He also explained that the structure is very much like the second or the third generation Ultrabook design specification which will also allow it to transform into a tablet for reading or surfing.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-11-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)