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

Bill Gates says lack of a physical QWERTY makes the Apple iPad
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made a visit to CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday and among the topics discussed was the tablet market. Unlike BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, who gives tablets just five years to live, Gates sees the device thriving and noted that tablets are growing in popularity. With the tablet market on the way up and the PC market on the way down, the Microsoft chairman told the television audience that soon the lines between a tablet and a PC will be completely blurred.

So what does Bill Gates think about the industry leading Apple iPad? Not surprisingly, he did not give a ringing endorsement of Apple's slate, saying that the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard is"frustrating" users of iPad-like tablets. "A lot of those users are frustrated, they can't type, they can't create documents, they don't have Office there," Gates said. The Microsoft Surface, on the other hand, offers the optional Type Cover which is a dock that provides a QWERTY keyboard with raised keys and doubles as a protective cover for the tablet's screen.

Obviously not the most impartial observer, Gates spoke about the Microsoft Surface and said it had the "portability of the tablet but the richness of the PC."  Despite Gates' comments, the Apple iPad continues to trounce the Surface where it counts, at the cash register.

source: CNBC via BusinessInsider

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56 Comments

1. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

so buy a bt keyboard with all ur money

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Don't be jealous. :D

11. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

38. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

40. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True, I agree with that.

42. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 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

50. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 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.

37. Droiddoes unregistered

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

54. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

don't be a troll

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In which way, my comment makes me a troll?

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

33. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

35. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

i think youre just a mad person.

48. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Don't be a troll."

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

52. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

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

3. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

5. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

12. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

21. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

25. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

14. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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

16. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

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

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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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