Apple has lived up to its claims saying its products are the “ultimate PC replacement” in its newly released 9.7-inch iPad Pro, launched this Monday. Unlike the former 12.9-inch model, new iPad users will not have to pay for an Office 365 subscription for downloading Microsoft’s Office apps.
Apple’s senior worldwide vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, describes why smaller iPad Pro users can use Microsoft Office apps for free, and larger iPad users cannot. The idea is to charge a minimal fee from those using Office at desk for more productive purposes than Mobile users using the app for light tasks.
Schiller points out another significant reason why users are driven towards the iPad Pro. There are over 600 million PC’s in use today that are more than five years old. This gives solid reason why users are switching to Apple’s iPad Pro.
Schiller added, “When they see the features and performance and capabilities of a product like the iPad Pro, designed for the modern lifestyle, many of them will find it is the ultimate PC replacement,” according to PC World.
Indeed, the new initiative is Microsoft’s own Office strategy to help iPad Pro users have access to Office suite of apps for free while travelling. Right now, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro stands as a strong competitor against Microsoft’s Surface tablets. When comparing features of both devices, the recent inclusion of Office apps makes the new iPad model highly competitive, notes iMore.
Schiller might have missed this out, but analyst Wes Miller explained that iPads with screen sizes smaller than 10.1 inches are pretty much capable of creating, sharing and editing documents. However, tablets with larger screen sizes over 10.1-inches won’t let you create document or editand view the same. It is, therefore, justifiable why buying the 9.7-inch smaller iPad Pro is more beneficial.
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