Many tech journalists have been wondering if the iPadPro is a PC or Surface Pro Killer, making side-by-side comparisons. Although this is an intriguing debate, it will not capture the curiosity of the mass market. It doesn’t matter because Apple decided to give them a nudge in the right directions.
Whenever someone is trying to sell you something, truths become stretched and into outrageous lies. So, we should not be too surprised that Tim Cook declared that the PC is dead when he launched the new iPad Pro with a 12.9 inch screen.
I am typing this on a PC with dual monitors. I can’t even imagine how a keyboard and a pencil can compete with the amount of space that I have for multiple tabs, windows, post it notes.
Apple’s Senior VP Eddy Cue told CNN Money that the iPad Pro is aimed at those who “consume” more than they create.
The honest truth is that if the Macbook Air has not replaced the PC yet, then the super-sized iPad Pro tablet is not going to replace PCs anytime soon either. With the lack of traditional desktop software, this extravagant purchase is left for only those that are buying into the death of the PC hype.
There will not be offices full of iPads because consumer computing is where these devices succeed. True, over the past decade our homes have gone from PC towers to laptops and now onto tablets. However, our leisure time makes new demands and changes how we use technology. There has been a rise of the second screen so that we can interact while watching something else on the other. Most people will bring home their work laptops, but they only make it so far as their bag – left behind as we sit on the couch watching TV with our tablets in our hands.
Maybe it is just the name, “Pro.” It is aiming at the creative or prosumer types – the Apple fanboys that want to soak up anything and everything that Apple can offer. A market large enough to replace the PC? No. So why make the case that the iPad Pro will kill the PC? I think that the PC will disappear at some time in the distant future, but the iPad Pro is probably not going to be the gadget that kills it.
What do you think about the iPad Pro hype?