RV_ Posted February 18, 2016 Report Share Posted February 18, 2016 I have just broken the ice by installing a real estate owner database expensive program/mobile app on an iPhone, and set up and activated a new iPad Air. They are nice, but still phone OS' without the phone in most iPad cases. (Yes, I know that iPads, like Windows tablets, can be ordered with Wi-Fi and Cell service) I have nothing against them but they suffer the same giant to me drawbacks that my two Galaxy Tabs had in 2010, and the reason they were sold and replaced in Jan 2013 by an HP x2 Tablet /hybrid, and a Lenovo Lynx tablet, both 11.6" Windows 8 tablets, not Windows RT. Windows RT was Microsoft's attempt to do what Apple and Samsung had done with cell phone Apps that could only operate on cell phone very limited hardware. Microsoft was the only one making a full version of their desktop software work on machines designed to be computers, not mobile devices. They allowed their vendors HP Lenovo and others like ASUS make both the RT useless tablets as they were what Apple and Android had using 32 bit ARM architecture not the well developed x86 architecture. It is important to note that the Windows Surface and the Surface 2, were both Windows RT, and both a giant failure, were both RT which was MS' attempt to use the same hardware with its limitations as Android and Apple phones and tablets which share the same OS' a copy of Apple and Android tablets. ARM architecture devices are not computers as much as App driven mobile phones, some called tablets which were not designed as phones and most could not make calls, as they were used at home or in offices. The full computer Windows 8/8.1/10 computer tablets started with the Surface Pro line, and the Surface 3. I can't believe how every time I have a friend come by and ask to see my new Surface Pro tablet, they act like they know what it is because they have an Android or Apple Tablet and think it is the same. When I show them my Office 2010 installation DVDs, and the external DVD drive I use for the few remaining disk programs I have, and show them CCleaner and then put a Windows PC wireless keyboard and mouse from my desktop, and plug the full size USB receiver that was in my big main desktop, into the full size USB3 port on my Surface Pro tablet, it clicks. Invariably they say Oh! That is a real computer? That small and thin and light? How long will it run? Just a few hours like a laptop? Nope it gets 7-9 hours of my harder usage. I have tried to get that across here. But even in person some can't grasp it without using/playing with it. Tablet sales are down worldwide and many have said that the industry is in crisis. Well that not entirely true. As you will see below in the article, some surprises are coming. Can Apple compete? This article's author makes a good case for making the iPads change architecture to x86 like they did their Macs and use the same Atom processors that MS and the other Windows vendors are using. Then to load OSX on their tablets at least. I am finding folks acting as if the last three years almost exactly of my use of Tablets running regular Windows never happened and are thinking the Surface Pro 3 and 4, and the Atom powered Surface 3, are the first. The difference astounds many. On to the article which is a great suggested path to competition in the remainder of the decade. "To save the iPad, Apple needs to copy Microsoft" Excerpt: "Apple needs to take a long, hard look at why Microsoft is managing to shift so many Surface tablets despite the iPad being a much stronger, better-known brand. Apple might be able to sell more iPad Pro tablets than Microsoft shifted Surface units -- IDC estimates numbers in the region of 2 million for the iPad Pro compared to some 1.6 million for the Surface -- but with iPad sales falling, Microsoft may hold the key to the future of the iPad. While the iPad is in decline, Microsoft is seeing strong Surface revenue growth. I remember when I was an enormous fan of the iPad. What wasn't there to like? After all, it was a giant iPhone that brought with it the promise of so much innovation and reinvention. But a few years down the line and iPad sales are waning because the iPad concept has stagnated. It's still little more than a giant iPhone. I gave up on mine after I switched to the iPhone 6 Plus because while the 5.5-inch display is a ways short of the 9.7-inches of the standard iPad, there just wasn't anything that I wanted to do that I couldn't now do on my iPhone. Why bother carrying two devices about -- three if you include the keyboard -- when one will do? The iPad's Achilles' heel is the operating system and the fact that it's restricted to running apps, most of which are just revamped version of iPhone apps. The iPad was nice and exciting while it was new, but it never became an essential. Now compare this to the Microsoft Surface. Here is a device that excites me, and not just because of the hardware (though I have to admit that the hardware is nice). What excites me the most about the Surface is its ability to run a full operating system, which in turn gives me the freedom and flexibility to run full applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office, as opposed to the watered-down versions available from the app store. At the same time, it gives me the option to run cut-down apps from the Windows app store if that's what I want. It's easy to disregard Microsoft in the hardware space, especially given its dismal performance in the smartphone market. But if there's one thing that the Redmond giant knows, it's PCs, and while the Surface has had a few teething issues, there's no doubt that it's a premium piece of hardware. Which brings me to the direction that the iPad -- or at least the iPad Pro -- should go in, and that's an OS X tablet. There is a lot more in the article here, with hotlinks and related stories: http://www.zdnet.com/article/to-save-the-ipad-apple-needs-to-copy-microsoft/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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