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srreeee
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srreeee,
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9/14/2015 | 10:06:33 AM
thank you!

very informative.all specs have been specified
midmachine
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midmachine,
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9/15/2015 | 9:01:15 AM
Not quite....
It only runs IOS? Lost me right there. That OS prevents the machine from being Pro in any fashion, let alone the walled garden effect of Apple products and lack of storage. I'll stick with my reliable, fast and productive Surface thank you.
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9/15/2015 | 9:29:59 AM
Missing hardware
This article forgot to mention the inability to connect to any other hardware like USB or micro chips. I find using Apple's approved ways of transfering data to be onerous and a security risk.
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mejiac,
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9/15/2015 | 11:12:07 AM
Did it hit the sweet spot?
Excellent Article!!

It clearly stated what many of us (and other sites) have commented (but you listed them out more clearly)

I think what Apple is doing from a portfolio stand point is a really good strategy. Many business users (including myself) see this as a good option... but more in the lines of a companion device than a replacement.

You stated why I also thought...the price point is a deal breaker. Why would I want a device that I would need to compromise certain tasks and features when I can get my same enviornment (Windows and Office) on the Surface and not need to compromise?

The surface is by far the closest I think there is to a true laptop replacement, where my only drawback is when using it on your lap (it's just not confortable), but aside from that it rocks!!!

Apple definitly did there homework...I was really impressed with the stylus and have to give kudos to the team that designed it. I do see it has a great deal of potential...but not as a replacement device (IMHO)
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9/16/2015 | 8:23:14 AM
Re: Not quite....
This is a Con that I think was missed.  I have a Surface Pro and yes it does replace my trusty laptop as well as my trusty desktop, but one of the reasons it can do that is that it runs a full desktop OS.  If the iPad pro ran OSX I think it could give the Surface a run for its money in the laptop replacement category.  Splitting the screen to display two apps is nice but I'm looking at 6 different windows right now between the two displays I'm running with my Surface.  I think Apple is getting there and as the desktop and mobile OSes merge we'll see a lot more of this but I think they are still behind Microsoft on this one. 
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9/16/2015 | 10:09:14 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Agreed on the price issue - this is one expensive tablet, and the accessories are also pricey. Is it worth all the extra cost when you could just get a smaller iPad with longer battery life? I'm not sure. I think that depends on the preferences and profession of the person buying it.

I think you make a good point that this is more of a companion device than a replacement. It seems like a great tool for some mobile employees, but I can't see myself running out to grab an iPad Pro to replace my MacBook or Surface.
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mejiac,
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9/16/2015 | 10:15:18 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@kelly22,

Correct...and this goes back to what's been discussed for a while now...can a tablet truly replace a laptop?

I think we've gotten to the point that the answer is a simple no, mainly because almost any option requires a level of comprimisng.

I'll provide a simple example: Creating a detailed executive summary deck on a tablet is by far more time consuming than on your most basic laptop, simply because of the tasks required (typing, clicking and dragging) and the need to compile information from other sources (excel chart, copy-paste text from other sources, and drafting the email to send the report).

But for viewing a deck...yes a tablet does the trick

NOTE: the exception to this would be a surface pro, simply because there is no comprise (but again, to me a surface pro blurs the line between a tablet and a laptop, aking more towards a laptop)
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9/16/2015 | 2:31:44 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
While I have no doubt that sales of the iPad Pro will be stellar, at least among the die hardest of Apple fans, it is still a tablet at the end of the day with limited multitasking capabilities and all of the iOS design/functionality limitations that plague all of its older and smaller siblings. I use Excel on my iPad Air (1), but the functionality cannot come close to replacing what I currently do on my laptop. I hear the same thing from the Surface Pro users in my organization (my machine isn't on the upgrade list until next fall). At the price of the iPad Pro, the limitations around peripherals and operating system are pretty substantial.
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9/19/2015 | 11:46:53 AM
9 hours of battery time ..
9 hours of battery time means that it would barely last a 6 hour flight. On 80% battery, 2 hours of use in departure  lounge + 6 hour flight. And you are carrying a dead ipad!
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9/19/2015 | 12:29:36 PM
Re: 9 hours of battery time ..
That is true and that is why you have to get one of those external chargers with a large battery. I have one that i keep at home just in case the lights go out or for long flights whree i need to have extra power for a device. The iPad has pretty good battery life but you really need to have power backup just in case.
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