Tim Cook: Surface Book doesn't succeed at being a tablet or a notebook

Tim Cook: Surface Book doesn't succeed at being a tablet or a notebook
Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the day that his company released the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, has gone on record with his comments about the rival Microsoft Surface Book. The latter is a hybrid tablet/notebook with a 13.5-inch screen. Cook, in Ireland for the Philosophical Society at Trinity College, said that the Surface Book is "a product that tries too hard to do too much. It's trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither. It's sort of deluded."

This isn't the first time that Tim Cook has criticized a Surface device. Three years ago, the Apple CEO called the Surface tablet "confusing and compromised."

On the other hand, Cook praised the iPad Pro, saying that with the large-screened tablet available, consumers no longer need PCs. Despite falling sales of the iPad, cannibalized by the iPhone Plus phablets, Cook says that he is bullish on the product and sees growth returning. Discussing the capabilities of the Apple iPad Pro, the CEO stated, "I only travel now with an iPad Pro and and iPhone, that’s it."

The executive also told those attending, that mobile payment service Apple Pay will soon launch in Ireland. "Your kids will not know what money is," Cook said to those in attendance.

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source: Independent.ie

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115 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

So like the iPad Pro It's too expensive compared to tablets It lacks MacOS, so it can't compete with the MacBook or SP4

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Don't forget that it can't play games like a PC!

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, let's see that their "real laptop" or "real tablet" play crysis 3 at 1080p quality and low settings with steady 30fps, or 720p quality and low settings with up to 60fps, like this (bit.ly/1NJN5un)

72. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes it can i cant understand how people here operate on the daily, do you hear about a device and just start spouting crap or do you watch an event or check on the device.

98. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Another cr*p statement coming from a hypocrite, does Timmy realized he represents apple just like when Stevie said that no one uses stylus. Credit will be given when it's due but please apple stop with the bs. We all know that apple is just good in marketing hype not innovation. Innovation you say then come to Japan then see what innovations means.

113. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

You really don't have much idea about PC gaming. The Surface Book uses the Nvidia GT 940M with fast GDDR5 memory. It can play even the most modern PC games on medium settings at 30+ fps!

9. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It's an iPad, part of the most sucesfull consumer electronics bussines ever. What is surface book ?

19. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Made by Microsoft, who own windows, the most successful OS ever.

82. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

I wonder why Tim Cook didn't say this when Note Pro came, more than year ago? But now when Apple copy it ?

95. ananthu07 unregistered

If you meant surface pro, Apple did call it a refrigerator with a toaster. Apparently people liked that idea and Apple invented(copied) it years later with ipad pro.

99. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Nope ... He meant the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 which launched over a year ago

110. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

dude, just take my like. please take it for your awesome coment

22. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A better product, which Apple copied.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see a lot more iPads in businesses than I do Surface tablets. Food for thought.

67. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I see a lot more Fords in company car fleets than BMWs. Food for thought.

104. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're comparing a lemon to an apple. Typical tedkord comment. And to the 17 users who thumbed that up, continue to prove my point.

71. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Surface is not the only one Windows tablet-PC hybrid on the market. They sell good and better. Soon most of the laptop users will switch to hybrid ultrabooks. Windows is still the market leader , and is not going away. LOL BTW , no matter what Cook say, Apple will follow/copy soon or later. Remember how many BS Jobs said too? Food for thought.

75. engineer-1701d unregistered

maybe in cali but the rest of the world that makes the world run its windows fool, just like everything else military and above they didnt put a mac on the landers on mars and have them roam around, its windows.

96. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The Surface Pro line seems to be selling better than the iPad here in Hong Kong. Especially businesses.

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Tried to copy

83. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Apple didn't copy Surface . Surface is real tablet-PC. Different and higher category than the large iPhone with missing phone app, called iPad. Apple copied Note Pro. Lame copy though. BTW wait and see next Note Pro 2 . Samsung just wait Apple and the menial media(that was mocking at the size of Note Pro) to make the worldwide advertising, :)

35. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A product that obviously made Mr Cook butthurt for having more and better features and capabilities than what his greedy company has to offer.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So don't buy it? Mr Cook doesn't have a gun to your head telling you to buy the iPad Pro or else.

70. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Irrelevant argument. The article is about Mr.Cook claiming that the Surface Pro is a fail at being a tablet and a laptop, when it comes closer at both than his own product.

106. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course it's irrelevant because it proves you wrong.

73. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Y'know, one can say the same thing to you about the Priv, with the way you're always complaining, sorry, "concerned" about its price tag. Just sayin'.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm only "concerned" when it tries to match prices with established players while the scale of value doesn't really weigh in its favor.

111. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

The "scale of value" definitely weighs in its favor, especially when you factor in what it brings to the table. And as you mentioned to someone above, don't buy it if you're not happy about the pricing. Chen is not holding a gun to your head telling you to buy the Priv or else.

119. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not everyone sees value in the same way. It brings a lot to the table for people who are big into productivity and the security of Blackberry. Personally, I don't think it can offer the same value as the other phones I listed. I wasn't trying to talk about the Priv here.

86. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They know that, but they want the attention. That's why they post that stupid crap, while Apple banks.

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