Did you hear about yesterday's big Apple news? No, I don't mean the iPhone 7 or the new Apple Watch: Those were telegraphed months in advance. The big news. I'm referring instead to the iPad, which Apple also updated yesterday. Just not in the ways you'd expect.
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For the past several years, I've had an uneasy relationship with tablets, and I think I've finally figured out why: Tablets are an imperfect solution to a problem that few people actually have. And I don't know why we keep trying to pretend otherwise.
Microsoft has announced a limited new Visio on iPad Insider Program that will help bring Microsoft's diagramming solution to Apple's tablets. But you need to act fast if you want to join.
There were no major surprises at Apple's special event today, with the consumer electronics giant introducing the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and some new Apple Watch bands as expected.
A few tidbits from around the web: The original COD: Black Ops is coming to Xbox One backwards compatibility soon, Daimler CEO impressed by Apple and Google car efforts, iPad Pro hasn't helped, and the mystery of the Apple's Watch killer feature.
An unknown source makes a wild claim: Microsoft's Surface outsold Apple's iPad in October. Well, when you look at online sales anyway. And just in the U.S.
While the iPad Pro was inevitable, it also points to a crisis of original thought at Apple, which has been coasting on the iPhone's coattails for too long.
What else is happening today? Solu takes on PC and Mac, Google gets a legal reprieve, Apple launches the iPad Pro this week, Apple wins in court, and more.
It should come as no surprise that iPad Pro owners will need an Office 365 subscription to get the full functionality of Microsoft Office Mobile apps.
Apple's iPad Pro could be a credible Surface competitor. But Apple will need to improve on this first release quite a bit before this future can be realized.
On Wednesday, Apple announced new iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs as expected. But there was one surprise at the event: Microsoft helped promote iPad Pro.