Apple’s official position may be that we don’t need an OS X/iOS hybrid tablet (which I’ve dubbed the MacPad), but I’m going out on a limb here and predicting we’ll see one by 2018.
Why? According to Gartner Inc., one-third of all laptops will ship with a touchscreen in that year. The research group says that as incremental price for touch decreases, it will become more normalized as a default feature for notebooks.
Certainly, Apple doesn’t follow the trends, but I’m still convinced we’ll see a MacPad. Now I’m setting a date: before the end of 2018.
I don’t know about Sellers, but Gartner’s record for predicting what Apple will or should do is dismal.