The Laptop Replacement?

Old, Lenovo R60 Windows XP... Gosh!!!
Old, Lenovo R60 Windows XP

 

Earlier today the trustworthy folks from Apple served up a heaping helping of Kool-Aid and cheerleaders to announce the earth-shattering changes to their iNnovative new line-up including-

  • a price drop on the less than 1 year-old Apple Watch (has Apple ever had to drop prices this quickly to move product?)

 

  • a smaller iPhone (taking the guts from the iPhone 6 and putting them into the bodies of unsold iPhone 5s units)

 

  • another foray into healthcare via ResearchKit (guess they’re not talking about HealthKit anymore. Wonder if Health Authorities will approve it?)

 

  • the roll-out of iOS 9.3 (the bug fixes to iMessaging will introduce a new set of bugs thereby ensuring job security. How many more days before it gets hacked?)

 

  • the all important iPad Pro 9.7″ tablet – the tablet that will make laptops (even Macbooks) obsolete!

 

Most every claim was laughable but the last one deserves a closer look. So I searched the interweb for specs on the Surface Pro 3 (SP3) and iPad Pro-

IPAD PRO (9.7-INCH) Surface Pro 3
Price $599, $749, $899 $1040
Thickness 6.1mm (0.24 inch) 9.1 mm (0.36 inch)
Weight 437g (0.96 pounds) 800 g (1.76 pounds)
OS iOS 9 Windows 10
Display 9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina display 12” ClearType Full HD Plus
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 (264 ppi) 2160 x 1440 (216 ppi)
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Processor Apple A9X Intel Core i5
Memory NA 4 / 8GB
Storage 32 / 128 / 256GB 64 / 128GB 4GB RAM or 256 / 512GB 8GB RAM
Ports Lightning Full-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Front camera 5MP, f2.2, 720p video 5MP
Rear camera 12MP, f/2.2, 4K video at 30fps 5MP
Cellular radio Optional
GSM/EDGE
CDMA
UMTS/HSPA/
HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
LTE
Optional UMTS/HSPA/HSPA
WiFi Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.0
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Battery 10 hours 10 hours
Accessories USB camera adapter, Lightning SD card reader Surface Pen, Type Cover

 

To summarize, while the SP3 costs slightly more, it is less likely to get hacked, will most likely be supported for a longer period (as Apple needs continual product churning to maintain its’ profitability), Windows 10 most likely has less flaws/bugs than iOS9.3 and will work right out of the box, iOS can’t multitask as well as windows in spite of the split window, the Ax9 chip runs at 1.8GHz as opposed to 1.9GHz for the SP3

Finally, let’s not forget how Microsoft used to promote the SP3- ‘Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop.’ Wonder where Apple came up with that line….
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Rob

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