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Topic: Surface

Apple's iPad Pro boasts 'top tier display,' but falls behind iPad mini 4 & Microsoft Surface Pro 4

11/17/2015, 11:11 am

A showdown pitting the new iPad Pro display against the rest of the tablet market has found that Apple's new 12.9-inch Retina display is an excellent panel, though it can't outmatch the new iPad mini 4 screen, and even ranks slightly lower than the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4.


Solving the mysterious failure of Apple's iPad

11/15/2015, 12:11 am

Across Apple's fiscal 2015, annual iPad unit sales fell by an astounding 19 percent while iPad revenues fell 23 percent, a plunge from fiscal 2014 of just over $7 billion. The tech industry pundits love to talk about the failure of Apple's tablet business, but are short on the specifics of what's happening. Here's why.


Apple's new iPad Pro is faster, more affordable than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4

11/12/2015, 05:11 am

When Apple first unveiled iPad Pro, it noted that its custom designed A9X chip would be faster than 80 percent of the PCs that shipped this year. Benchmarks indicate that it's not just faster than low end generic PCs, but also faster -- and less expensive -- than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.


Microsoft's Surface Book 'tries too hard,' Tim Cook says

11/11/2015, 12:11 pm

Apple chief Tim Cook had some harsh words for Microsoft during a stop in Ireland on Wednesday, saying that the Redmond firm's latest Surface Book -- which competes with both the iPad and the MacBook lineup -- "really succeeds at being neither" a tablet nor notebook.


Apple's Phil Schiller & John Ternus talk design, secrecy & 'spaceship' Campus 2

10/28/2015, 10:10 am

In a rare interview, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and VP of Mac and iPad engineering John Ternus discussed subjects like the intense collaboration behind products like the MacBook, why Apple refuses to name most suppliers, and the flow philosophy behind the company's upcoming "spaceship" campus.


Apple resists MacBook, iPad Pro convergence as Microsoft struggles with Surface Windows 10 hybrids

10/26/2015, 02:10 am

Microsoft's latest efforts to shove Windows PCs back into relevance in the Post PC era have found willing volunteers among some PC bloggers ready to exchange their credibility for enthusiastic reviews of Surface Book and Pro 4, apparently under the premise that Windows can be reanimated back into a viable monopoly via hybrid Tablet PC-style convergence. But that's delusionally wrong, here's why.


Microsoft represents only serious competition for Apple hardware, Steve Ballmer says

10/23/2015, 12:10 pm

Microsoft is the only company poised to give Apple serious competition in terms of hardware, former Chief Executive Steve Ballmer commented on a Bloomberg TV show Friday morning.


Microsoft sells out of Surface Book launch stock, updates iOS Health app for Band 2

10/14/2015, 05:10 pm

Microsoft on Thursday sold out of its initial launch stock for the Surface Book, and updated its Health app for iOS to support the Band 2 fitness tracker.


Microsoft unveils Surface Book laptop & Surface Pro 4 tablet with new Surface Pen

10/06/2015, 01:10 pm

Microsoft took direct aim at Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro at a press event Tuesday, revealing the Surface Book -- its first-ever laptop -- and the Surface Pro 4, an updated tablet matched by a redesigned stylus.


Microsoft exec jabs at Apple, tweets drawing of 'converged' toaster and refrigerator

10/06/2015, 10:10 am

Just before his company's Surface Pro 4 event, the head of Microsoft's Windows division took a shot at Apple, recalling disparaging comments its CEO Tim Cook made about "converged" devices like the Surface tablet a few years ago.


Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

03/31/2015, 12:03 pm

After two generations of ARM-based tablets that ran a limited version of Windows, Microsoft has finally abandoned the low-power processors for Intel's latest Atom chips, allowing the third-generation Surface to run full-fledged Windows 8.1.


Despite lawsuit, Apple's iOS 8 storage is actually far more efficient than Google's Android, Samsung's Galaxy, Microsoft Windows

01/04/2015, 09:01 pm

There's something about Apple that makes people lose their minds, particularly people who are journalists. The most likely explanation is that putting "Apple" in a headline is currently the most irresistible clickbait known to mankind. That, and there's no time for fact checking or any sort of basic research in today's BuzzFeed world of made up garbage.


New Microsoft site targets users looking to switch from MacBook to Surface Pro

12/22/2014, 04:12 pm

While it was Apple who for years targeted Windows switchers to the Mac platform, the tables have turned as now Microsoft is now the underdog, focusing its efforts on trying to win over MacBook users with its Surface Pro hybrid computers.


Microsoft's Surface Pro stunt fails as CNN election commentators stick to iPads

11/05/2014, 03:11 pm

News commentators covering U.S. elections for CNN were given Surface Pro tablets by Microsoft, but continued using iPads on air, covering up the supplied Surface with papers or even the iPad itself.


Steve Ballmer's loyalty to Microsoft will force LA Clippers to ditch Apple iPads

09/25/2014, 01:09 pm

Though Steve Ballmer is no longer CEO of Microsoft or even on its board of directors, he's still fiercely loyal to the company he led, which is why he will have his basketball team, Los Angeles Clippers, ditch their use of Apple's iPad.


Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible than MacBook Air in latest ads

08/11/2014, 06:08 am

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.


Lenovo axes small Windows tablets in the US after struggling to compete with Apple's iPad mini [u]

07/18/2014, 12:07 pm

Major Microsoft hardware partner Lenovo will pull its 8-inch Windows tablets from the U.S. market, the Chinese company said Wednesday, citing lack of demand for smaller touchscreen devices running Microsoft's controversial Windows 8 operating system.


Microsoft offers MacBook Air owners up to $650 in store credit to 'trade up' to Surface Pro 3

06/23/2014, 11:06 pm

In a trade-in program launched on Monday, Microsoft is again luring Apple device owners to make the switch to Windows by offering Surface Pro 3 buyers up to $650 in store credit for certain MacBook Air models.


Microsoft scrapped iPad mini competitor late in development process, documents suggest

06/20/2014, 02:06 pm

References to a "Surface Mini" discovered in the user manual for Microsoft's latest tablet foray suggest that the software giant scrapped or delayed the long-rumored 8-inch variant -- which would have gone up against Apple's iPad mini -- at the last minute, opting to put all of their eggs in the larger basket.


Microsoft unveils $799 Surface Pro 3, calls it 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'

05/20/2014, 12:05 pm

In a presentation that frequently mentioned the iPad and MacBook Air, Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a device it hopes will contend with both Apple's popular tablets and thin-and-light notebooks with one converged device that will start at $799.