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A senior communication manager for the Microsoft Surface has commented on Tim Cook´s claim the iPad Pro was capable to replace a full PC.

Dan Laycock from the Microsoft Surface unit has told Trusted Reviews that the iPad Pro was “always going to be a companion device” rather than a full PC. In his opinion the iPad Pro cannot offer the same power and experience than a standalone productivity device.

The remarks were made at CES 2016 where Laycock met with the guys from Trustedreviews, saying that “the strategies are very different”.

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According to him “Microsoft really wants you to only carry one device for tablet and PC use … whereas the iPad Pro is always going to be a companion device.”

Laycock emphasized that Apple´s introduction was partly a response to the Surface Pro experience, remembering that “at one point in time, Apple declared that if there’s a stylus, that’s failure.”

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“So to see Apple do something that feels a little bit similar, that is clearly skewed for a bigger screen, and more productivity built in, and the ability to use a pen”, Laycock added.

He also said about Microsoft, that they would not see it as a one-to-one comparison, because the Surface Pro was a full PC running full apps.

While Apple has introduced a number of productivity-focused features with the iPad Pro, like app multitasking and picture-in-picture video, it clearly lacks the flexibility you get with a desktop PC.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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