Apple CEO scoffs at tablet-laptop hybrid

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Apple CEO scoffs at tablet-laptop hybrid
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Is the future of computers a hybrid gadget that will combine the battery life and computing heft of a laptop with the portability and ease-of-use of a tablet?

Some in the industry are leaning toward "yes." But Apple CEO Tim Cook pointedly says "no."

"Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone," Cook said Tuesday in response to a question during Apple's quarterly earnings report. "You can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."

Cook's comments were at least in part a not-so-veiled jab at Microsoft, which, with its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, will be combining its PC and tablet operating systems.

The system is available in a beta format now and is expected to be released as a finished product this fall.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment for this article. But on Twitter, lead... Source/Origin >> Read More

   
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