Will Windows 8 Squash the iPad 3?

The newest edition of the iPad is widely anticipated – especially as the demand for tablet notebooks continues to grow for everyday purposes like textbooks, medical diagnostics, and even convenient flight logs for pilots. The iPad continues to improve and make impressive changes, including more advanced capabilities with the introduction of new apps.

It’s rumored that Apple will introduce iPad 3 in March 2012. Fans of the iPad can expect more of a good thing, like enhanced high-res display, better graphic performance, and Siri capabilities.

For those anticipating the release of the latest iPad notebook, you may be asking yourself if it’s possible to have too much of a good thing?

The competing Windows 8 tablets are expected to be released by the end of 2012 and may give the iPad 3 a run for its money.

However, in order for the same iPad apps to be compatible with the Windows 8 tablet, rewriting is necessary for the crossover. Industry experts estimate that Windows 8 based hardware won’t likely become mainstream until early 2013. This indicates that even though the Windows 8 tablet is likely to be a large competitor of the iPad 3, iPad 3 sales won’t likely be affected in 2012.

Nonetheless, there are still a few competitive features that give the Windows 8 tablet an edge over the iPad 3:

  • Dual-purpose capabilities. While the iPad is popular for a reason, Microsoft plans to corner the market by making the Windows 8 tablet a desktop capable device. This means that the convenient tablet can also be used as a proper PC with keyboard and mouse capabilities.
  • Metro interface. The newest interface available from Microsoft is Metro, which has received rave reviews from users thus far. For that reason alone, many people may opt for a Windows 8 tablet over an iPad in order to use Metro instead of iOS.
  • Beaming content. Microsoft is currently working on the technology to beam content from a Windows 8 tablet to a Windows Phone 8, enabling a user to transfer content from a tablet to a PC or a phone through a wireless connection, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi direct. That alone may be enough for users to choose the Windows 8 tablet over the iPad thanks to its impressive content streaming capabilities. 

Last but not least, we can’t overlook the corporate appeal of the Windows 8 tablet. Apple hasn’t yet cornered the large corporate market, which is a business niche that Microsoft is quite comfortable in. Small to large corporations may choose to use the Windows 8 tablet since it can connect securely to PC systems that are already in place within their companies.

 Bethany Ramos is a full-time freelance writer that co-owns her own e-commerce website, The Coffee Bump. The Coffee Bump specializes in a wide variety of Bunn coffee machines and assorted coffee and espresso products.