Cook off: Apple CEO insults the Microsoft Surface tablet calling it "confusing" and "comprimised"

Cook off: Apple CEO insults the Microsoft Surface tablet calling it
Can Apple feel so threatened by a tablet that has yet to launch that its CEO is already insulting it? During Apple's Q4 earnings call, CEO Tim Cook not only defended the Apple iPad mini, but took some shots at the Microsoft Surface on the eve of the slate's launch. Cook called the Surface compromised and confusing saying that Microsoft did not make the "hard tradeoffs" that Apple did when designing the user experience for the iPad.

Microsoft is releasing two versions of the Surface tablet. The Microsoft Surface (8 Pro) is basically a mobile version of the desktop PC with Intel inside. The Microsoft Surface RT is the version that competes with Cook's Apple iPad since it has an ARM powered quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 under the hood and presents more of the tablet experience that users get from the Apple iPad and Android tablets. Unlike the iPad, the device offers a kickstand and docks with one of two different types of optional physical QWERTY keyboards that also double as a cover for the device.

The base model of the Microsoft Surface offers 32GB of storage for $499 while adding the Touch Cover with the touch-sensitive QWERTY brings the price to $599. The Apple iPad 4, as a comparison, will cost $499 for 16GB of storage.

source: AllThingsD

Related phones

Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
iPad 4
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB



1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

maybe because it has a new interface and not something like from 2007

8. TooBIG

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

well some of us like things that work not buggy OS like android

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Umm iMessage?

14. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011 nobody is talking about android here but there is your proof

16. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Still using that tired argument?

19. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Hah. Even if this were relevant, it would still be wrong.

26. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Correct TooBig, We all love things that work in a non bugged fashion the way Android does.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like Apple Maps?

80. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

34. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

your idiocy is not tolerable. We're talking about windows and ios here. We're talking about ipad and surface here. We're did android came from? android is buggy? ha ha ha. Regarding to mr. cook's comment about surface tablet. Yep, it's confusing. Can't argue with that. But people will get used to it once windows 8 is invading the world. So you're comparing a PC to iPad? Last time I checked, after spending sometimes to iPad, I got bored. Why? It's so simple. It's boring. It's for a child. No customization can be made except for the wallpaper. I rather choose confusing than boring. It's not all about simplicity we're talking here but also, productivity. iPad is a great device. You can play games, surf the net, watch movies, play music, read books, etc.. But surface is a full PC(not the RT version, but the Pro one). It's a tablet and a laptop. You can do photoshop. Programming. And do the things iPad could. That's a huge difference.

52. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

where did android come into this you retard?? are all I$heep programed to say android android even when android is not involved

59. Too.small

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

wow you mad bro? :D LOL @microsoftnokiawin U so dumb

61. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

What did he say that was dumb?

77. srgonu

Posts: 558; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

wow.. you scored 50 :)

79. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Is the Apple vs Android hate so big.....Android gets bought up in an Apple vs MS article? Damn....

86. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Handroid is a compromise even when used in phones, in tablets it is pathetic.

15. wp8forever unregistered

Lol so funny wish he could play with a surface pro running full windows 8 so he can see what a real tablet is no a toy for kids, I'll be like bring you Lil ipad here imma put music inside for u maybe jellbreak it lol and for Android fans yeah it can flash your Android phones and put a s**t custom Rom now try that on a s**tty ipad or your nexus tables never that's what you call a real table no a toy bang conversation over everyone quiet at my statement.

55. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Shut up meg...... why don't you understand that ipad and all other android tablets are made to compete with surface rt...not surface pro.... For me samsung galaxy note 10.1 can do great job than surface rt..... if u don't have custom roms then it's your sadness.....u can't enjoy wp8 on lumia 900....but in android camp even galaxy y can enjoy jb with help of custom rom....yes item has jb custom rom.......

67. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

what a sad sad reply from poor old Android nerd even this wasnt suppose to be android article buzz off

70. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yes this not a android article..... U itself mentioned it's a reply.... Just go and see the comment for which i replied....he dragged android into the i replied him... I will buy windows 8 pro tablet or what ever you say.......but it will replace my laptop not tablet...... I can't carry it every where cuz of its weight and size...

82. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I see you also have Android envy.....isnt this article about Apple and MS? I am a big Android user....go see my posts before this on how to stay on topic...


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, I think he's upset that the Microsoft tablets have no Homo-geneous button. I am flabbergasted, though, that his statements imply that the Surface Tablets are an "eye" Sore compared to Apple's oversized TouchPods.

24. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Sell your s**t to your Sh33p. I never ever heard even a single word from MS where they have compared Surface or Windows 8 with any other product out there. This is the difference between a Real tech giant and you Apple.

35. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm sorry but even professional reviewers have had problems with the software on the Surface. You guys don't have to defend a flawed product just because someone from Apple commented on it. It honestly reminds me of Republicans who will back Mitt Romney even though they knew full well he is a crappy candidate. They just hate Obama so much that they are willing to defend him. This is a new OS and it's going to have flaws. But when you have people who all they do is review software saying that says the hardware is better than the software, it's okay to admit it.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Unfortunately, this is not a new OS as, Microsoft has been hammering out Windows Mobile, and variations thereof, since at least 2002. Microsoft really had the edge on everyone in 2004, but their leadership under Steve Bald-mer only led to a devolution of the platform, and now they just keep crossing their fingers hoping that by some divine intervention the Global consumer has an Epiphany brought on by some psychotic episode due to the lack of appropriate medication. But, that's no reason for Tim Cook to attack Microsoft.

83. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Unfortunately, this is not a new OS as, Microsoft has been hammering out Windows Mobile, and variations thereof, since at least 2002. Microsoft really had the edge on everyone in 2004" +10000 I dont understand how ppl keep trying to give MS a break or saying its a new OS give it a chance. Surface, WP isnt brand new like Android or iOS was. Even if they started from the ground up...they already had experience with a mobile OS. MS isnt cut any slack on the desktop side....with ME and Vista. They compare them to older versions and say they suck, period. I understand giving it a chance saying wait for updates, but it being new doesnt fly...IMO. They have alot of experience at this. I defend Vista tho because after updates, service paks it became alot better.

56. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The hardware is pretty damn near perfect, so you're not making much of a point here... Would I like to go for the i5 Surface Pro? Sure, if I didn't think it was going to cost double the price. I know that Windows 8 Pro runs beautifully on capable hardware because I've been running it on my desktop for two months now. The only question is how capable is that Tegra 3 at keeping the Modern UI fluid? So far, that answer across most reviews has been pretty positive.

50. nightelf91

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I mean seriously, "comprimised" in the title? Get your s*** together Mr. author/editor (if there even is one for this website).

78. addy23 unregistered

These people from Apple are so much obsessed with the is**ts !

81. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its amazing Apple is so afraid of choice. And didnt Ballmer diss the hell outta the iPhone? Look how that turned out. Does Tim want a lil payback? I hope Surface succeeds in a big way just because of this article. For functionality, I would chose Surface...after all the kinks get worked out. Depends on what the individual wants n needs as to what they choose: iPad or Surface. Apple, stop hating on choice.

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