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After Apple announced this week that both its new iMac and iPad Pro lineup were getting its stellar M1 processor, a lot of people speculated if that meant the company was getting ready to put macOS on the iPad. And look, maybe that would be a great thing — a.…

After Apple announced this week that both its new iMac and iPad Pro lineup were getting its stellar M1 processor, a lot of people speculated if that meant the company was getting ready to put macOS on the iPad. And look, maybe that would be a great thing a touchscreen Mac at long last! but Apple is definitely not going to merge the Mac with the iPad. At least not anytime soon.
In an interview with The Independent, Apples head of marketing Greg Joswiak and hardware chief John Ternus said in no uncertain terms that the iPad is the iPad and Apple plans to keep it that way. The iPad will continue to run iOS, and there will not be a macOS version of the iPad.
People say that [the Mac and iPad] are in conflict with each other. That somebody has to decide whether they want a Mac, or they want an iPad, Joswiak told The Independent. Or people say that were merging them into one. That theres really this grand conspiracy we have to eliminate the two categories and make them one. And the reality is neither is true.
Instead, Apple wants to make the Mac and the iPad the best in their respective categories. According to both Joswiak and Ternus, Apple doesnt want to limit what either device can do just because of their form factor. People have workflows that span both, and people prefer using one device over the other for certain tasks. Thats something we also noted recently when comparing Apples approach of putting the same processor in all its devices to the Windows PC philosophy of having lots of different configuration options to choose from.
But as The Independent notes, the iPad has more power than it really needs and Apple hasnt yet released a powerhouse app to show off its performance. For instance, Apples Final Cut Pro film-editing app only runs on macOS (while Adobe Premiere Pro works on both Macs and iPads). Were still waiting to see software that makes use of the incredible new iPad Pro display, M1 processor, and Thunderbolt support. Apple continues to swear up and down that a touchscreen Mac is not happening, and that the iPad is its own separate category, and thats true at least for the time being. But the iPad Pro is now the most impressive tablet ever from a hardware standpoint so where does it go from here?
Joswiak has an answer for all that: Its better to make something too powerful to start, then bring the demanding programs to it, rather than try to run a demanding program on something that doesnt have the power to run it. Its all about having enough headroom, he said.
This isnt an admission on Apples part that it plans to bring Final Cut Pro or other software not currently on the iPad Pro to the iPad Pro. Joswiak was tight-lipped about that in the interview, but his logic makes sense: build out the hardware and then bring the software experience. Well just have to wait and see what other things Apple has in store for the iPad that dont involve macOS.