"Looking at that, each would be focused on different customer opportunities," said Stephen Baker of the NPD Group.
Some of the speculation about a larger iPad has focused on the possibility that Apple would join the 2-in-1 movement with an iPad + keyboard, mimicking Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. That kind of a device, which Microsoft trumpets as a notebook replacement, not a tablet as such, would be more of a direct competitor to the new MacBook and thus a potential cannibal to its sales.
Apple hasn't roasted hybrids for some time. Three years ago, for example, CEO Tim Cook said, "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."
That philosophy hasn't changed. "Apple doesn't believe touch is viable in a laptop," said Bajarin, discounting the possibility of a Surface Pro-like iPad. "They are focusing on tablets rather than tablets with keyboards."
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