Earlier today Apple held their Spring press event to announce new hardware to the press and masses of their customers.
However, one group of product users were dismissed as sad according to one of the on stage executives.
During the presentation of all things iPad Pro, the 9.7 inch model announced today, Apple's Phil Schiller shared a stat with the audience that first hit social media timelines last week during the Samsung announcement for their new 2-in-1 Galaxy TabPro S for Windows 10.
At the 46 minute mark in today's product keynote, Schiller shares that a large group of users that made the move to what is now the original iPad Pro were Windows users. He then goes on to share the stat we first heard last week from Samsung - that over 600 million PCs are five years or older.
He then pronounced to the assembled crowd at the event that this fact was indeed sad. There was a smattering of nervous laughter and subdued applause and the reaction from fellow Apple executives at that very moment who were shown on camera after that tidbit was priceless.
I felt like I was once again in a classic "Hi, I'm a PC and I'm a Mac" commercial.
By the way, here is a GIF of the reaction as well:
Of course it did not take long for Twitter to chime in on the commentary either:
“600 million pc’s in use are over 5 years old” What a pointless stat. What’s wrong with something 5+ yrs old if it works? And who has the $— Troy Ellerbroek (@troyellerbroek) March 21, 2016
Over 600 Million PCs are over 5 years old a strength or a weakness for Microsoft? Older devices still work with new OS. HEYYY! #shotsfired— Nate Baird (@antiplayr) March 21, 2016
it’d be cooler if apple made affordable mac hardware instead of taking potshots at 600 million PC users but hey— clinton n. (@clinton_ngn) March 21, 2016
I can readily see businesses rushing to replace 600 million PCs with iPads. On Omega Centauri. On Earth? I don't think so.— John Obeto II (@johnobeto) March 21, 2016
600 million PCs are over five years old, because people find them useful and adequate for their needs. Apple crowd is laughing it up— Pinboard (@Pinboard) March 21, 2016
Yes, Apple, those 600 million PCs over 5 years old...the software is still supported.— Brad Sams (@bdsams) March 21, 2016
OH "600 million working PCs that are 5 years old. I think that’s a positive. If MS spun that into a stat during //build/ I would laugh." lol— Christof (@seesee) March 21, 2016