“The iPad Pro has nothing to do with Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and I can’t imagine what people are thinking by saying that it is Apple’s attempt to copy Microsoft,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO.
MacDailyNews Take: Likely, they’re thinking “Let’s go hit-whoring!”
“The obvious thing to note here is that Microsoft and Apple have two very different strategy when it comes to mobile devices. Microsoft has attempted to blend the desktop and mobile experience together in one device, while Apple has decided to keep them separate by using OS X for desktops and laptops, and iOS for mobile devices,” Lynch writes. “If Apple were going to copy Microsoft, they’d have made the iPad Pro into a two-in-one like the Surface. But they clearly did not do that, the iPad Pro does not run OS X. It runs iOS, just like any other iPad. OS X is still reserved for iMacs, Mac Pros and Apple’s laptop products.”
“One thing that seems to be confusing people is the new Smart Keyboard that Apple announced for the iPad Pro. Yes, Microsoft offers a keyboard for the Surface too. So what? The iPad has had keyboards available since long before the release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, there’s nothing new or shocking about it. The only thing that is different is that Apple is releasing one of its own,” Lynch writes. “Big deal. There are going to be lots of other keyboards to choose from for the iPad Pro too. Apple’s Smart Keyboard will certainly be popular among some users, but there will be plenty of other options for iPad Pro users too as more and more vendors release keyboards for the new tablet. But the ‘keyboard controversy’ makes me wonder about the long-term memory of some people, especially journalists. Is it so difficult to find out that the iPad has had keyboards from various vendors for the last five years or so? Where did they think Microsoft originally got the idea from? Sheesh.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The biggest difference between the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface? People will actually buy the iPad Pro. Millions upon millions of them!
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