Apple to Produce iPhone-Powered Laptop

Category: Technology/Innovations


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. slot / slɒt / (n) – a space in a device where something is inserted

    The new charging device has a slot that holds the smartphone.

  2. enhance / ɛnˈhæns / (v) – to improve

    The accessory can enhance the battery life of your smartphone.

  3. trend / trɛnd / (n) – a regular occurrence

    Using tablets to read textbooks is the latest trend in schools.

  4. bridge the gap / brɪdʒ ðə gæp / (idiom) – to lessen the difference between two things

    The company wants to bridge the gap between its tablet and smartphone products.

  5. lean toward / lin tɔrd, toʊrd, təˈwɔrd, twɔrd, twoʊrd / (idiom) – to prefer something

    The brand is leaning toward developing a new smartphone rather than a new laptop.


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Apple plans to release an iPhone-powered laptop.

In September 2016, Apple filed a patent, or an exclusive right to sell an original product, for an “electronic accessory device.” Although the device resembles a laptop, it has a slot near the trackpad where the iPhone is supposed to be placed. The device also contains the usual parts of a laptop such as the screen, keyboard, graphics processing unit (GPU), and ports. However, the iPhone will function as both the trackpad and the battery. Moreover, the device will not be able to operate without an iPhone.

Once an iPhone is placed in the slot, the device can enhance the iPhone’s functions, such as provide greater memory and better graphics. In addition, the iPhone will have a larger screen since it will use the laptop’s screen.

Through this innovation, Apple is following a trend among technology developers to bridge the gap between mobile devices and laptops. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Dell’s XPS 13 are both laptops with touchscreen displays, which allow the devices to function as tablets. On the other hand, Hewlett Packard’s Elite X3, and Motorola’s Atrix smartphone both connect to laptop-like accessories.

Samsung took a different direction from competitor Apple in developing its new device. While Apple’s device is leaning toward laptops, Samsung plans to combine either the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8+ smartphones with the new DeX Station to produce a desktop computer, which is similar to Microsoft’s Continuum for Windows Mobile. Once integrated, the hybrid device will operate as an Android desktop computer.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Would you buy any of the new devices mentioned above? Why or why not?
• What are possible advantages and disadvantages of this device?

Discussion B

• Why do people still use laptops when there are other devices such as tablets and smartphones?
• What other two gadgets would work well together? Explain.