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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Microsoft's Surface Book is Trying Too Hard to Do Too Much


    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently made a stop in Ireland and had some not-so-nice words about Microsoft’s latest Surface Book. The Redmond-based company’s Surface Book competes directly with Apple’s MacBook lineup, as well as the iPad lineup. According to The Independent, Cook had said the Surface Book "really succeeds at being neither a tablet nor notebook.”

    We all know tech companies always like to poke fun at one another but Cook noted that the Surface Book is “a product that tries too hard to do too much” and “trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither. It's sort of deluded." This is definitely interesting because Cook doesn’t make harsh comments too often regarding other company’s products. If anything, other companies make fun of Apple products.

    Microsoft’s Surface Book was released just last month and works as a laptop-tablet hybrid that runs Windows 10. The price tag comes in at $1,499 and functions practically like a laptop. The Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (that are found in Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup) will ship with the Surface Book.

    If you had the choice to choose between Apple’s MacBook and iPad lineup versus the Microsoft Surface Pro, which would it be? Share your thoughts with us in the section below.

    Source: The Independent
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Microsoft's Surface Book is Trying Too Hard to Do Too Much started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      He’s made himself appear completely without class with that remark. Usually they are evasive and won’t answer questions properly at all, exactly how he should have been here.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      The Surface does a lot. I must admit I wish Apple had lead the charge and made their current tablets more Surface like..more capable on the business end. Apple doesn't want to compete with its MacBook Air it seems. Thus, they keep the iPad a tablet and won't let it progress to a desktop computer like the Surface. Big difference in the user experience IMO. Would like to see more innovation from Apple and less staggering of tech. Taking way too long to get us where we should already be with OS X/iOS.
    1. jigar7's Avatar
      jigar7 -
      Slowly but surely Tim Cook is shoving his head up his own a**e! I love Apple devices, but after Mr. Jobs, every damn iDevice falls short of many features that are 'current gen'... even the MBPs have a rebranded 2 year old GPU... and the iOS/OSX is riddle with massive bugs that could kill the user experience.

      MS has had a rough patch with Lumia phones, Vista, Win 8/8.1 releases. But it seems they are slowly getting back in the game, unifying Win OS with the phone OS was a great move. Plus having a full blow win 10 on the Surface Pro was great as well.

      I think what Tim Cook doesn't realize that all great companies do fall when they stop innovating... and currently Apple is on a gradual downhill slope. Apple needs a smack in the face at least once. Surface Pro was just that. Tim Cook is in denial.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      While I agree the Surface Book has made vast improvements in the laptop/tablet convergence, there is a lot of truth to Tim's comment. At the end of the day, such a device will not be the best of both worlds. At best, it'll be just so-so at both because it has to sacrifice from one side to accomodate the other. This has always been the case with convergence devices and always will be.

      Now, if you're ok with making those sacrifices, by all means enjoy. But don't pretend that it's the best of both devices. It's just not.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I had just about every category Apple item so far, was thinking about giving iPad Pro a shot...
      After that remark not any more.
      I have surface, it does everything I want.
      I have an iPad, lots of things i want it will not do.
      Cost difference in price is negligible, prefer iPad because of form factor if iPad can do just as much as surface.
      But obviously it does not, so no iPad Pro for me and will not order any for the company who had hope it would be like surface.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      I wish apple would make a device like the Surface 4. A decent laptop running OSX with a front-end to use when running in "tablet mode". As of now, I am "paralyzed". Won't blow $1k on another tablet with no real file system, and will not get a Windows 10 machine (mostly because of its HORRIBLE lack of privacy, but also because I truly hate Windows). Give me OSX...
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      While I agree the Surface Book has made vast improvements in the laptop/tablet convergence, there is a lot of truth to Tim's comment. At the end of the day, such a device will not be the best of both worlds. At best, it'll be just so-so at both because it has to sacrifice from one side to accomodate the other. This has always been the case with convergence devices and always will be.

      Now, if you're ok with making those sacrifices, by all means enjoy. But don't pretend that it's the best of both devices. It's just not.
      Until Apple do it of course and then it’s suddenly Ok…….
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      The iPad Pro is pointless in that sense as well then. All that power, but can't run native apps/programs.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ambi_Valence View Post
      Until Apple do it of course and then it’s suddenly Ok…….
      Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not some fanboy. I still think smart watches are mostly useless and total redundant.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Answer1o1 View Post
      The iPad Pro is pointless in that sense as well then. All that power, but can't run native apps/programs.
      Ummm, WTF are you talking about?? Of course it runs native apps!

      You must be thinking of Chrome.
    1. uri8472's Avatar
      uri8472 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Ummm, WTF are you talking about?? Of course it runs native apps!

      You must be thinking of Chrome.
      I think he was referring to desktop (OS X) apps and programs. The iPad Pro is an iOS device, so it carries all the limitations of said iOS, making all the hype about all the new hardware seems some what empty. It has a USB 3 controller, but what will work with it is quite limited. In fact it's more like more akin to having the camera connect USB/reader built in than having real USB access, especially when one compares that to a regular mac book or other laptop, where you can plug almost any USB device in. In other words, having iOS and not some flavor of OS X on the iPad Pro seems inexcusable and a horribly missed opportunity.