Tim Cook isn’t impressed by Microsoft’s increased push into building their own hardware. While speaking at Trinity College in Ireland, Cook called the Surface Book “diluted” and suggested Microsoft try a more simplified approach.
“It’s a product that tries too hard to do too much,” he said, according to Irish news site Independent.ie. “It’s trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither. It’s sort of deluded.”
Apple later clarified that Cook meant “diluted.”
However, Apple and Microsoft aren’t as antagonistic as in years past, and Cook described the relationship between Apple and Microsoft as “really good” at the event. That was proven at the unveiling of Apple’s latest product, the iPad Pro, where Microsoft was the first third-party developer to demo software on the giant tablet.
But Cook’s comments today hearken back to Apple’s stance when they were truly an underdog in the computing world. The idea that a Surface Book is diluted by trying to do too much is also interesting in light of Cook’s recent statements saying that the iPad Pro could replace the desktop and laptop for many people.
The Surface Book was highly regarded by many reviewers, some even calling it the best Windows laptop available. And in reviews for the iPad Pro, which went on sale today, some reviewers found that the oversized tablet’s reliance on a mobile-focused operating system cut down on the utility of the device and limited its ability to replace a laptop.