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Bill Gates says lack of a physical QWERTY makes the Apple iPad "frustrating"

0. phoneArena 06 May 2013, 11:49 posted on

Not quite an impartial observer, Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates told a CNBC audience on Monday that Apple iPad users are frustrated with the device because of the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard and noted that owners of Apple tablet do not have Microsoft Office on their slate; Gates, of course, had some good things to say about the Microsoft Surface...

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posted on 06 May 2013, 11:54 16

1. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


so buy a bt keyboard with all ur money

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:01 6

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Don't be jealous. :D

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:18 17

11. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i like bill gates but come on, thats a cheap shot and he could do better!
surface dont come with keyboards either, have to pay additional 100$ for it.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:23 6

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I agrre, but at least Surface has own keybord. :)

posted on 06 May 2013, 17:31 8

38. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I'm a Bill Gates Fan, Love the Surface but that doesn't count. The Surface KB should be a Pack in.

posted on 06 May 2013, 17:44 1

40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True, I agree with that.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:26

42. atsamman (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Thats it!!
Thats gates biggest flaw about non-surface tablets !

Hes gotta be kidding him self I personally love typing on my on screen keyboard and am quite fast too
I almost never find my self in-need of an actual keyboard

I could mention a million thins that I dont like about the surface
Baterry life and weight and thickness would be the biggest flaws I think

posted on 06 May 2013, 20:07

50. ecmedic4 (Posts: 338; Member since: 02 May 2013)


You can always buy an apple keyboard and bluetooth connect it to the iPad and use that. You have to buy a keyboard separate from the surface tablet, so its basically the same thing.

posted on 06 May 2013, 16:53

37. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Wow that's awful! I mean apple sure as hell doesn't gouge people for their access- oh wait...

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:51

54. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Apple gives access to 3rd party companies to make a BLUETOOTH keyboard not a PIN IN, A bluetooth! there is a difference. in that case you can pick up any bluetooth keyboard and start using it on surface too.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:42

44. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


don't be a troll

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:55

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In which way, my comment makes me a troll?

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:07 9

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sounds more like sour grapes from Bill. The Surface doesn't ship with a physical keyboard. And as others have posted, Bluetooth keyboards are available for the iPad.

Yup, sour grapes from Bill.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:41 3

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think he's jealous that ios just works outside the box while windows requires a few hoops to jump through.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:45 10

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How does Windows require "...a few hoops to jump through."? The Surface works "...outside the box...".

posted on 06 May 2013, 15:32 5

33. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Pretty much every single computer sold new today works right out of the box, Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Ubuntu, any OS.
Either the OEM or the retailer sets it up before you get it.
It's pretty much only when you assemble your own computer or reinstall the OS that you need to jump through 2 or 3 easy hoops for it to work right.

posted on 06 May 2013, 15:50 1

35. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


that doesnt make any sense at all.
it sounds like an ad for tvshop.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:43 1

45. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


i think youre just a mad person.

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:56 1

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Don't be a troll."

posted on 06 May 2013, 18:49

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 6039; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


He didn't know about all the different manufacturers and design of Bluetooth keyboard iPad owners can choose from via buying one type of Bluetooth keyboard from Microsoft.

I used to respect him for all the good work he has done but he not good at being impartial when its come to Microsoft.

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:38

52. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


I think if people care about a physical keyboard, they wouldnt buy a tablet.
Instead, they would buy a netbook or a laptop.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:01 4

3. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Maybe Bill doesn't know about third-party QWERTY keyboards which work perfectly with all iPads and can be connected via Bluetooth.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:05 11

5. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


because that totally magically allows them to run a full office suite doesn't it. :)

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:23 2

12. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You also have other options that are very good, like polaris office, smart office, i know its probably not as good but definetly works well but i dont even use office, so i dont care much.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:56 1

21. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Office's availability on iOS is fully controlled by Microsoft, you genius! xD As such, it depends solely on Microsoft to make it available on iOS, which they haven't yet! So, Bill's argument about not having Office on iPad is a moot point. On the other hand, a QWERTY keyboard is very much available for the iPad. So, in that interview, Bill basically said much about nothing.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:07 1

25. Luuthian (Posts: 247; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Office has been rumored to hit iOS for ages. The only reason why it hasn't is likely because MS wanted to see if they could make a strong dent in the tablet space on their own using Office as a trump card.

Considering they have utterly failed so far, they will eventually be forced to dump their trump card and sell Office on other platforms if they wish to make real money again. It will absolutely slay any advantage they had but it'll be a necessarry restructuring.

Sad to say, but MS isn't what it used to be. They'll have to learn some new tricks and adapt to stay alive.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:35 6

14. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


1. Third party aka not official APPLE brand because then it would be $2356
2. Surface keyboard connects directly - doesn't need bluetooth or spare charger
3. I'm sure he knows, I hate the iOS keyboard myself although the iPad is really only used for Angry Birds and Porn so you don't really need one.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:04 1

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Mr. Gates, you know what will happen right?

If Apple makes an iPad with QWERTY keyboard with the Type Cover like on the Microsoft Surface, I can guarantee that Microsoft is gonna sue Apple. :P

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:49 6

16. ideal_josh (Posts: 34; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


If apple can sue for shape of icons and rounded corners. There's no reason for Microsoft to hold back

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:03

23. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


What I mean is what is Bill thinking? He knows that if Apple makes an iPad with QWERTY keyboard (Type Cover), Microsoft is gonna sue Apple for that! Remember the Microsoft Surface?

And also, why Bill said lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard makes the Apple iPad "frustrating"? Even though I respect Bill, but, is he jealous of Apple?

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