Tim Cook Says Apple Will Not Combine iPad and MacBook   Mocks Windows 8

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple will not be combining the iPad and Macbook Air into a new product. Cook compares Microsoft's decision to run Windows 8 on multiple products to meshing a refrigerator and toaster.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple will not be combining the iPad and Macbook Air into a new product. Cook compares Microsoft's decision to run Windows 8 on multiple products to meshing a refrigerator and toaster.

Microsoft plans for Windows 8 to run on PC's, tablets, laptops, and various other devices. According to Cook, this unified platform compromises product functionality. As such, he made it quite clear that Apple has no intentions of converging the iPad and Macbook Air.

"You wouldn't want to put these things together because you end up compromising in both and not pleasing either user." says Cook. "Some people will prefer to own both, and that's great too. But to make the compromise of convergence, we're not going to that party."

Steve Jobs himself was a detractor from the idea of a Mac with an iPad-like screen, calling it "ergonomically terrible".

In order to demonstrate his point, Cook said in an analogy "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but you know, those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user." Reportedly, Microsoft's head of PR Frank Shaw jokingly responded in a tweet that Cook was actually referring to a toaster-oven.

Despite its detractors, Microsoft may yet have an honest shot with Windows 8. Their idea of using Windows on tablets is not new to them. Immediately before the release of Apple's first iPad, Microsoft launched the Slate PC running Windows 7. That product ended in failure, and the Slate was abandoned very soon afterwards. But the Windows 8 to run on future tablet PC's may fare better, since the operating system has been specifically designed in a simplistic and minimal way to better fit the tablet layout.

Time will tell whether or not Tim Cook is right in his ideas. Steve Jobs was legendary for his sense of style and ergonomics. Perhaps what Cook thinks about Windows 8 will serve as a litmus test to see whether he shares these same insights.

Source: PCWorld