Is an Apple iPad Pro coming? Analysts speak out
posted by Alan F. / Oct 23, 2013, 11:29 PM
RW Baird's Will Power (hey, we don't make these names up) says that most iPads are used for game playing and for watching video instead of using the slate to enhance productivity. Power notes that based on Gartner's prediction that 300 million PCs will ship this year against 180 million tablets, "There's still a significant growth opportunity for tablets and Apple is trying to find ways to further segment the market."
Barclay's Ben Reitzes sees Apple offering a 13 inch iPad for the enterprise. The analyst sees the 64-bit A7 processor as being the perfect chip to drive such a device. Piper Jaffray's Munster says that the 64-bit chip offers a level of security necessary for the business market. Meanwhile, Tony Sacconaghi of Sanford C. Bernstein pointed out some comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook, putting down rival tablet makers. Cook said that Apple's rivals want to turn PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs.
As a result of that statement, Sacconaghi expects Apple to offer a touchscreen notebook that could fold into a tablet and weigh under 2 pounds. "A successful converged device offered by Apple could be a huge opportunity, adding tens of billions of dollars in net incremental revenues," the analyst said.
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8 to 1 M$ to SUE, taking all bets. The name PRO, belongs to the "Surface" line of products!!!
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 11:34 PM 1
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Actually, "PRO" has been used on many devices, like macbook pro and vaio pro. I dont think they own it but i hate seeing everyone use the word pro. It's like they spent all that time designing a product but give it an overused and wrongly used name.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 11:41 PM 1
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Wow this could effect the surface Pro!!!
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 11:39 PM 0
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While reducing the Surface Pro's marketshare in the "profession tablet" market, if such a thing exists, this would probably boost the actual sales numbers of the Surface Pro. If anything, it would serve to validate that such a market exists and bring attention to any product within that category.
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 11:47 PM 1
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i think not. If this iPad Pro comes out. And carrying an ARM chip, this cannot by far compete with the Surface Pro. If it would have been Mac Touch hasswell chip, could be. But Tim Cook is so arogant that saying "MS is confusing the consumer from a tablet and a PC" He may eat his words someday. Some people doesn't learn.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 12:56 AM 2
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Ya wasn't this analysis one of the rumors from like a week ago? So call industry analyst always believe Apple will do more than they actually will. It's not the same company anymore, No TV, No 12" to 13" tablet no phablet next year. I'll take any bets
posted on Oct 23, 2013, 11:47 PM 1
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They would need to make OS X+ touch-friendly for something like that. Otherwise, I don't see an iOS powerhouse that will rival Windows 8.1 and up. Bear with me and leave your fangirl attitude in the closet for a while: I'm only talking within the context of a touch-friendly, full-fledged OS, not a portable game console or photo booth, which is what people seem to use tablets for. Anyway, Apple has said time and time again that "tablets will never replace laptops/desktops." Let's see if they give up and come with something worth our tappity-taps.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 12:26 AM 1
"Cook said that Apple's rivals want to turn PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs." The inability to understand that a Tablet IS AND SHOULD BE A PC, because PCs can do everything but with the tablet form factor and battery life - have all the advantages of the "tablet" - are thus the perfect device - truly baffles me. Even for such an ignorant CEO as cook.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 12:45 AM 5
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The rest of us got what Tim Cook was talking about. Tablets have a different user interface / interactivity than PC. Tablets are based on multi-touch as opposed to a mouse and a keyboard.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 1:17 AM 0
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To add to what you said. Who says a tablet should only be used for playing games and consuming media? To me a tablet is supposed to be that pc that you can carry around. A pc is not supposed to be stagnant. A true pc needs to be mobile and I believe a tablet that doesn't act like a pc is totally useless. That's why I sold my iPad and using only my note 3. It's useless to buy a big slate that only surfs the Web and plays games. Phones are getting big enough for all those media consumption. We don't need tablets for those. We need tablets that will replace our laptops. My friends surface pro is just amazing. The way he integrates the device into his lifestyle is just pure wonder. I get jealous when he connects it to his HD TV via hdmi. That's what tablets are supposed to be.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 3:09 AM 4
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You know, it's funny that you say tablets have a different mechanism for interaction from a PC, because they actually seem to be a precursor to the evolution of the PC. In the computation world, we are achieving greater and greater performance with greater and greater mobility. The trend is toward making real PC performance portable, which it already very much is if you compare today's tablets to laptops from a few years ago. We're approaching a stage where tablets will be close enough in performance to laptops that the entire laptop industry will be displaced. But you know why that wouldn't be a surprise? It's because we already see and acknowledge the tablet as a mobile computer, as similar to a laptop but even more portable. The portability doesn't just come from the size, either; it's equally important that they devised a way to eliminate the need for peripherals like a keyboard and mouse. Eventually, when we reach the stage that tablets provide as much horsepower as would be needed for all except demanding professionals, more people will opt for the tablet as well. And the tablet is not even the end-game; it's simply the next step in the evolution. The next step after that might be everything done by your phone, as Ubuntu is trying to achieve already. Then after that we might start seeing virtual devices rather than physical devices. We're looking forward to a civilization in which PCs don't remain enclosed in a large case next to your desk, but are rather woven into the very fabric of the world we live in.
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 3:16 AM 0
if anyone wants to corner the market and replace a desktop just take the windows pro2 and have a work station dock and home dock you put it on the dock and boom you get 2 tb hard drive storage and you could add a few bypass routes for the processor to use the docks ram of 4 gb ram or even dock it and have everything done with the dock hardware 4 gb processor and 4 to 8 gig ram and 2 tb storage all that stuff would make main company's switch and they could take them home for work and on the go work with a nox style lock and remote access,when docked the tablet would become just a touch screen and in the os you could swipe drag and drop stuff from dock hard drive to tablets rom. there you go companys if you want any other ideas hit me up lol
posted on Oct 24, 2013, 6:16 AM 0
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