Still on the fence of deciding between the iPad and MacBook Air? Apple may be planning to offer a hybrid of the two devices in the future, as the Cupertino company has received approval from the U.S. Patent Office this week for a MacBook with a cellular antenna and a rotating display.
The patented device would basically be a convertible notebook, a first for Apple. The supposed gadget could feature the super thin qualities of the MacBook Air, while offering users the cellular connectivity and touchscreen capabilities of the iPad. The new patented device from Apple calls for a hinge structure that would ultimately allow a MacBook to rotate relative to the base of the laptop computer. As for the antenna, Apple has been filing patents in that area for almost two years, according to the report, which indicates that Apple is continuously trying different approaches in designing its products.
While the convertible is far from innovative, as HP, Dell, Lenovo and others have been offering such dual-devices for years, Apple could be looking to expand its product range. With Acer, Toshiba and other manufacturers releasing their own renditions of ultrabooks to compete with the MacBook Air, Apple may be looking to differentiate itself from the pack. It remains to be seen if Apple will actually release such a device.