It has all the credentials to be a bombshell: According to a leaker, Apple is working on an exclusive macOS version for the iPad Pro M2, slated for launch in 2023.
One of the main complaints surrounding the iPad, especially from users of more powerful and more expensive models, is its lack of desktop-class software support. There have been constant requests from Apple to bring not only Final Cut Pro, but a full version of macOS to the iPad as well. Given that tablets and Macs now share the same chip, the possibility of a desktop-class operating system on tablets is not far off.
Leaker leaker Majin Buu, who has correctly predicted in the past some upcoming news from Apple, claims that Apple is working on a “smaller” version of macOS exclusively for the Pad Pro M2. It is said to have Codename Mendocino It will be released as macOS 14 in 2023.
At the moment, tests will show an operating system with a macOS user interface that is 25% larger than a classic one, and therefore more suitable for a tactile input system. However, the apps running on the product will still be optimized versions of the iPad, not actual macOS versions.
It’s unclear why Apple moved the iPad to the macOS interface. Those who demand macOS on the iPad do so more for the software than for the interface itself. Rumors about macOS for iPad have been circulating for more than a decade, ever since the original iPad was launched. Additionally, Apple will almost certainly have versions of macOS running on the iPad for internal testing and setup.
For these reasons, it is also possible that the leaker accessed the iPad in debug mode using one of these internal operating systems, rather than having evidence of a tablet with an actual operating system.
Another possible explanation is that the operating system the leaker saw was not macOS at all. Apple can bring iPadOS closer to macOS by adding a menu bar and other interactions similar to what happens on Macs. The Cupertino multinational has already introduced a Mac-style window feature with iPadOS 16, called Stage Manager, and the new functionality could bring the mobile system closer to the desktop.
Majin Buu also points out that the macOS exclusivity on the iPad Pro M2 could only be a boost for marketing reasons. If the feature was only available on this iPad, more people would surely be interested in purchasing it.