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Microsoft Advert Argues Apple's Claim That The iPad Pro Is A Computer

Shots fired.

17/08/2016 16:11

Microsoft’s latest Surface ad contests Apple’s claim that the iPad Pro is a computer in a spectacular display of passive aggression.

The ad is a response to Apple’s latest campaign, which boasts of iPad Pro’s supposed promotion to computer status after getting a smart keyboard accessory. It’s a claim that appears to have irked Microsoft execs.

The retaliatory ad starts with an iPad Pro-powered Siri celebrating its promotion, but Microsoft’s Cortana assistant quickly rains on the assistant’ parade, asking a series of increasingly undermining questions about the iPad’s capabilities. Seriously, the barrage is enough to trigger a full-blown existential crisis. 

The general thrust is that the iPad can’t be a computer because it isn’t as powerful as the Surface Pro and it lacks a number of features, like a trackpad and USB ports. 

As the Guardian notes, the ad bears a certain resemblance to the I’m a Mac, I’m a PC ads of the late noughties. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite have the same charm. 

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