Superfast, normal-size iPad Pro have been onstage for several months. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said something really weird: “There are over 600 million PCs in use today that are over five years old. This is really sad! These people could really benefit from an iPad Pro.” How can PC users get benefit from iPad Pro? It is very confused to hear that information.
What does the old-PC statistic have to do with the iPad Pro? He might as well have said, “Eighty-seven percent of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables. These people could really benefit from an iPad Pro.” So iPad Pro could replace computer? The answer is no. An iPad Pro is not a PC. Never has been. There are so many things that you can do only with a real computer:
1.run full versions of Photoshop, Quicken, Microsoft Office, Final Cut, etc.
2.organize files and folders at the desktop
3.open multiple windows, multiple apps
4.type on real keys
5.plug in peripherals like keyboards, mice, flash drives, musical instruments, cameras, etc.What can Microsoft Surface do?
The Microsoft Surface is a different story with iPad Pro. It’s an actual PC. It runs actual Windows — with a desktop, multiple windows, real USB jacks — and actual Windows programs. It’s got all five of the things a real PC has that an iPad doesn’t.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a great tablet — a spectacular travel companion. You cannot believe how fast it is, how sensational its audio and video are, how long its battery goes (10 hours). If you’re in the market for an iPad, get one; you’ll absolutely adore it.But what about that business of the 600 million people with aging PCs?
For them, buying an iPad doesn’t make any sense. For one thing, in no universe is an iPad a PC replacement. All of the steps Apple has taken toward PC-ness, like the keyboard cover, the USB adapter, and the limited split-screen capabilities, have limitations and compromises; none come even close to making the iPad Pro a full-blown laptop.
For another thing, if you’re a longtime Windows PC person, you’d have to buy and download all new apps if you got an iPad Pro.
I don't like to use Apple iPad Pro. But if it is indeed sad that so many people have old PCs and they want something thin and mobile to replace them, the obvious choice is not an iPad. It’s a Microsoft Surface Pro.