Earlier this week we noticed Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner take the stage with a sales pitch designed to convince schools to end their love affair with Google’s Chromebook and make a switch to the iPad.
However the Chromebook nonetheless beats the iPad in a single essential manner.
I am speaking in regards to the keyboard.
Sure, as easy a distinction as that appears, that is one key manner that the Chromebook because the iPad completely beat. Whether or not we’re speaking in regards to the on-screen keyboard, Apple’s bodily keyboard for the iPad, or the myriad of third-party keyboards on the market which are out there for the pill, all of them come a really distant second to the built-in bodily keyboard discovered on the Chromebook.
Sure, positive, you can also make do with an iPad, and also you may have the ability to do issues with the iPad you could’t do with a Chromebook – equivalent to file video or have entry to AR – however as quickly as you have got quite a lot of hundred phrases to sort, that keyboard drawback is able to chunk you at a second’s discover.
Oh, and keep in mind that in the event you do determine to package out an iPad with a keyboard, that is going so as to add to the underside line.
And positive, Apple’s tried to skirt round that keyboard drawback by including assist for the Apple Pencil to the iPad (one more accent that prices cash, and desires charging), however as superior as that’s for sure use circumstances, it is nonetheless does not make up for the shortage of a keyboard.
If the iPad actually had been the true laptop computer killer that Apple claims it’s, Cook dinner would have pulled the plug on the lower-end MacBooks.
He hasn’t finished that.
Oh, and if the shortage of a built-in keyboard is not a deal-breaker for you, then what about safety?
Whereas the safety of the iPad and the iOS platform is nice, the straightforward, streamlined, no-brainer safety mannequin that Google has constructed across the Chromebook is best, particularly on the subject of computerized patching.
Patching iOS is nowhere close to as easy and painless as preserving a Chromebook patched. And to be trustworthy I am unsure why Apple hasn’t addressed this. Updating iOS units feels far clumsier and needlessly messier than I would anticipate from a 2018 product.
However it doesn’t matter what I take into consideration the keyboard or the safety mannequin, Apple has made a reinvigorated bid to get faculties handy over their money for iPads as a substitute of Chromebooks. Google’s Chromebook has practically 60 p.c market share in training now, in line with FutureSource Consulting, so it is clear that the iPad is going through fairly an uphill battle.
Solely time – and keeping track of Apple’s quarterly financials – will inform is that this bid has been profitable.