Apple's hybrid notebook patent could signal an iOS or OS X 2-in-1 device

Apple has been granted a patent for a wireless display that could form part of an interesting 2-in-1 hybrid device.

Apple has been granted a patent (patent number 9,176,536) by the USPTO for a wireless display that could form part of an interesting 2-in-1 hybrid device.

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While the patent filing - originally filed September 2011 but only granted today - contains all the usual blather and balderdash, the upshot of it all is a 2-in-1 hybrid that has a detachable display, but that the display can be used wirelessly when detached from the base.

Sweet idea.

Those of us that live and work with iOS and OS X continue to ponder on an Apple 2-in-1 hybrid. My esteemed colleague Kevin Tofel was wondering only last month whether the new Smart Connector on the iPad Pro would lead to something like that, while regular readers will know that I'm in the market for an OS X tablet (if that's a 2-in-1 then that'll do just nicely too).

I suppose the only potential fly in the ointment is price. Just how much would users be willing to pay for a device like this?

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