at some point this year I will likely put together a project to build a smol laptop-style dock with mechanical keyboard and screen that will have a slot for the PDA'd pinephone, and then maybe a tower-style desktop with a slot for the smol laptop, so the compute can be used in any of the three form factors just by nesting them like Russian dolls, mostly because I have wanted a system like that for over half my life and now I can make it happen.
apple's PowerBook duo came close to the dream but stopped short and was abandoned too soon.
nested computers with an plan9-style OS that could allow for the unnested bits to still communicate with each other over the fastest bus/net available at any given moment would be the holy grail for half a lifetime ago me. not sure I'll take this that far, but also not sure I won't...
@djsundog There was a tablet hack for the old PowerBooks/MacBooks, but the Ive-redesigned ones were too solid to disassemble for it.
Apple's half-way trying to make the iPad usable as a dockable computer, it's even the same CPU/GPU as the low-end laptops now, and there's most of the work & dev tools you need, if not always convenient (Workflow's a bad toy to work in; but I have Pythonista instead), but they won't fix the multitasking GUI problems in iOS enough to really run it that way.
@mdhughes a hard shell ipad pro laptop dock would be a delight iff they would just give up and let ipad pro run macos...
@djsundog The problem is what you do with it when it's not docked. You can't use MacOS with a touchscreen and no keyboard, the "touch targets" are 1x1 pixel, you can maybe remap long press to right-click, swipe to track/mousetop swipe/scroll, but so much needs keyboard input all the time.
iOS at least can be used with just the screen. The Modbook tablets used a stylus and on-screen keyboard, and still really wanted a nearby real keyboard.
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