Five years ago, the late Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. This was three years after Apple had introduced an iPod that makes calls, the iPhone.
With a super responsive touch-screen, Apple A4 1 GHz processor, 16-64 GB flash memory and a battery that lasted 10 hours of work and 30 days of stand-by mode, Steve appropriately described the iPad as a phenomenal product.
The iPad is full-fledged internet at your fingertips. It is a device for emailing, storing and viewing photos, an iPod, a game gizmo and an eBook reader. The message was very clear at that time; the iPad was intended to kill netbooks.
Sure indeed, the iPad has wiped out netbooks from the face of the earth.
Five years down the line, the iPad has been re-engineered and christened iPad Pro.
According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, the iPad Pro is here to kill the PC. In plain language, the Apple chief is saying that the Apple iPad Pro is the only computer that you will ever require for all your work and leisure.
So, why did Tim Cook say that the iPad Pro is going to be the last nail in the coffin of the PC?
The iPad Pro is, in terms of hardware, a tablet that hides the power of a monster laptop under its hood. The tablet’s engine is a dual-core A9X running at 2.25 GHz with 4GB of RAM.
Professional and independent software tests that have been ran on the device bears testimony that the iPad Pro beats the power of the 2015 MacBook Air with Intel Core i5-5250U processor. The clout of the iPad Pro matches that of the 13-Inch MacBook Pro propelled by an Intel Core i5-5257 or the Microsoft’s Surface Pro with Intel i5-6300U.
The A9X is a graphics integrated chip and its graphical prowess makes both the 15-inch MacBook Pro and Microsoft’s Pro 4 shy.
The iPad pro, therefore, has enough juice to kick out personal computers from your desk. The question is, will it? The answer, unfortunately is; not now. The thing is that PCs are not all about powerful hardware.
PCs are tools of productivity. What completes the equation is Microsoft’s Windows software.
Apples iOS that runs iPads have features like split screens but that is miles away from the simplicity of multitasking on Windows.
Multitasking on Windows is natural and smooth but awkward on Apple’s operating system software.
As far as office productivity is concerned, Microsoft is the king. The problem is that there is a market which is huge for mobile users which is sometimes misunderstood. Windows 8 is a result of this misunderstanding where Microsoft wanted to convert all of us into mobile device users on our PCs. Windows 10 is actually a confession by Microsoft that there is still a place for productive users.
The iPad Pro’s price is $1,000 and if you need real keyboard to go with it, you would have to fork out additional $169. Low cost Windows computers costs as less as $150.
Apple iPad Pro is surely an awesome piece of tablet but the software and the price are not alluring enough to displace my Windows machine.
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