“When Apple first unveiled iPad Pro, it noted that its custom designed A9X chip would be faster than 80 percent of the PCs that shipped this year. Benchmarks indicate that it’s not just faster than low end generic PCs, but also faster — and less expensive — than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple sells one basic model of iPad Pro, with different storage and cellular capacities, starting at $799. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is offered in three processor tiers, each with different storage options. It starts at $899,” Dilger reports. “However, the $899 model is outfitted with a low end Intel Core m3 processor, which Apple’s custom A9X soundly trumps in both single core and multicore tests, despite the iPad Pro having an extra million and a half more pixels to manage on the screen.”

“In a year or two, Apple’s A-series chips may even be suitable for use in Macs,” Dilger reports. “However, if Apple can expand its iPad sales into new markets, it may not even have to bother to transition its Macs to ARM, given that iPad sales volumes have already made the company the largest producer of computers worldwide, and by far the most profitable.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, trying to run full-blown Windoze, shows how little beleaguered Microsoft have learned from Apple even with over half a decade during which to study iPad.

Microsoft is staffed with stupid and/or lazy people. There’s no other explanation besides crippling narcissism – which is a very real possibility… All Microsoft’s Surface “team” had to do was buy some real iPads and use them for a few weeks… Microsoft was shown the way and, once again, they failed to properly follow Apple’s lead. By now, that’s just stupid and/or lazy.

Microsoft suffers from delusions of grandeur. They think they matter and that people will buy their pretend iPad over other pretend iPads because it’s from Microsoft. Microsoft does not matter. Microsoft no longer has the power to sell superfluous products. The world already has iPad. The thinking world finally woke up and moved on from Microsoft’s soul-sapping dreck. That clueless Microsoft haven’t figured this out years ago (Zune, Kin, how many total face-plants do they need?) is illustrative of the depths of their delusions.

As with Zune, Kin, and Surface, Microsoft is unnecessary in today’s world. Their rapidly retiring/expiring IT Doofus firewall is the only thing keeping them around today.MacDailyNews Take, September 24, 2013

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