I wouldn't say this a completely accurate characterization but there's certainly truth to the claim that iOS' heritage comes from smartphones and that heritage shows. Basically devices designed for consumer user are generally locked-down appliances where the device owner is given limited control of the device. The software vendor keeps superuser status for themselves and grants the device owner limited privileges. This is definitely true of Android and I believe its true of iOS as well.
In contrast, with a professional OS the user is given full administrative control of the software with superuser status and can install any software and grant any privileges they like.
You are correct, Jobs did make fun of the 2-1 and so did Cook.
The preferred mode for most professional use is the clamshell not the tablet. Both the Surface and iPad are tablet-first designs with attachable keyboards, but these don't work very well on a lap or any uneven surface which limits that option. At least Surface has a true professional OS and can fully function as a desktop with the right accessories.
There is some substance to that argument. Intel recently stopped sponsoring STEM projects that benefits young men & women of all nationalities yet provided millions for a venture fund limited to women only. Since when did innovation become gender specific?
In the real world "Pro" means business and businesses have to use the tools they they know and trust to get things done. You don't always get to chose whether the application you need was designed for touch, or not.
If you want to experiment with changing the paradigm you buy a development machine.
Those already worshiping everything Apple will probably like it but it's a difficult proposition to see iPadPro convincing Windows users to make the switch for several reasons.
Windows users now have a consistent interface, user experience and application consistency across all their devices ranging from their $60 tablet to a $3K workstation. This is a huge advantage to the Windows platform. iPads have an OS designed for consumer use and its application ecosystem reflects it's consumer/smartphone heritage. Just adding the label "Pro" doesn't make it a professional tool.
MS' Surface, as nicely designed as it is, is still limited. It is first and foremost a tablet with the ability to attach a keyboard, but what many many people have already discovered using tablets and 2-1's is that for professional use they need the ultrabook experience most often and a separate tablet on occasion. This suggests that high priced, so-called professional tablets will often lose out to buyers that prefer a good 2-1 over the tablet-first venue.
At least with Surface, the owner can connect their device to an external monitor and use it like a real desktop with all their legacy applications.
Their Wi-Fi routers deliver the best signal range at 2.4GHz & 5Ghz I've seen in a consumer class product. If you've got a property with more than 5,000 sq. ft and multiple levels this is the unit you want to own.
It's a great phone in absolute terms. Once one considers the price/performance it's nothing short of stellar.
Automated measuring, monitoring and calibrating may sound mundane but its one of those necessary tasks across so many industrial applications. This is a very attractive market.
FWIW, enterprises get a different version of Windows than consumers get. Businesses cannot accept all the data harvesting that Microsoft does to consumers.
For all the complaints Microsoft rightfully deserves for forcing consumers to navigate their highly complex opt-out approach to MS's data harvesting, one has to appreciate what they accomplished in building an OS & adaptable interface that permits a professional-class OS to run across servers, workstations, desktops, laptops, tablets, HDMI sticks, touchscreen and no touchscreen. That is a remarkable . No one else in the industry has done this.
Smartphones remains the glaring exception and there's no reason technically for them not to finish a consistent top to bottom offering now.
Would not be surprising at all to see Intel's share of IoT greater than its share in the smartphone segment for quite some time. Intel's entry into the smartphone space, and into low power parts in general was so slow that it put them very far behind. That was a painful lesson no doubt.
By contrast Intel is involved in IoT from the start with competitive low power parts and strategic partnerships in important verticals. It's not to say Intel has first-mover advantage in IoT, but rather at least they share first-mover status but with all the resources Intel has to bring.
For a variety of reasons, markets don't always develop for a company in the order they were pursued. IoT is wide open for Intel, but smartphones have always been a come-from-behind story. Given the competitiveness of phones such as the Zenfone2 it is clear Intel can compete successfully against the flagship models of competitors, plus Intel & Microsoft has yet to play their ace with dockable full Windows smartphones.
Consumers should be able to get all the value they can from their hardware purchase, including multi-boot which has possible in tablets for some time. It's about time OS vendors tone down their paranoia and let vendors build them.
As Intel continues to make ultrabooks and hybrids cheaper, faster and with more features, the idea of buying a tablet-only device does look less attractive. If one believes they need a keyboard once in a while, they might as well just buy the hybrid device and know everything works together properly. This is generally cheaper than buying a bunch of separate pieces.
Forthcoming docking should be a simple arrangement. Either a cradle with one cable to handle all connectivity, or wireless like WiGiG.
Another fake Windows device will repeat the mistake Microsoft made with RT tablets. The best way to implement the "Continuum" concept is with true binary compatibility with legacy Windows software, and that means x86.
And by the way, every tech forum I've seen discussing the possibility of a full Windows smartphone there are numerous responses from readers asking where to send their money to buy one. There's definitely a market for it.
Skylake class processors are exciting on their own. Intel doesn't need to exaggerate the 6th generation products by comparing it to five year old processors, even if that's how old the processors are in many consumer machines. Just give it to us straight.
AMD is rapidly approaching irrelevance other than it has the cross license with Intel, and even that disappears if the company is sold or reorganized.
These little devices have a lot of potential for their size. Very interesting product class.