Is Apple Copying the Asus Eee Pad Transformer?

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 12, 2012


After a meeting with Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, a Citigroup analyst fired a few comments with the company. The analyst, named Richard Gardner, asked whether Apple had any plan of losing the Intel silicon and Mac OS X on their MacBook Air line. In addition to this, the company was planning to replace them with ARM-based processor and the iOS. Apparently, Cook answered in a manner to which Gardner ‘walked away from this meeting with the impression that Apple feels iPad satisfies- or will soon satisfy- the needs of those who might have been interested in such a product.’

It turns out, Apple is in plans of creating a physical keyboard dock which they refer as an indispensable accessory to their next iPad; which is of course, the iPad 3. They say that this dock will attach itself to the tablet easily and serve a number of functions. If this is the case, then surely, Apple is somehow copying the Asus Eee Pad Transformer’s design!

A lot of people agree with us on this—just look at the comments from our source:

What do you think?

  • Anonymous

    Christine, glad you liked my photo of the iPad2 in the ZAGGfolio case. Please add attribution to my original article for the photo and a link:


    • Hello.

      Sorry about the confusion. I edited Christine’s post to show the source. Sorry again.

      – Will
      (Writer/ Editor Android Authority)

      • Christine T

        Sorry about that! And thanks Will!


        • Anything I can do to help my superiors! Have a good one Christine.

          – Will

  • AndroidTroll

    Funny, an article about copying also includes a photo taken without being asked.

    • Hello. This has been edited and changed.


      – Will

    • AppleFUD

      At least you used the correct handle name for yourself.

    • Christine

      Just to clarify, the photo was on Google and available for everyone. We even edited it so that it would be a new photo. Anyway, we have said our apologies and have cited our source.

      • Anonymous

        Um, you need to check with your editors about copyright infringement. Just because Google shows an image doesn’t mean it’s “available for everyone”. And you did not edit that photo to make it a new photo. You just cropped it slightly different than my original photo. It is always a good idea to ask permission, which I gave you once you attributed it to the proper source (me).

        • Christine

          Sir, I edited the photo and combined it with another photo.

          Anyway, I have changed the photo to the one provided by Apple. I always make it a point to name my source. In this case, it was simply a human error because I was hurrying to post several other articles I wrote.

          Like I mentioned, we have already apologized and we cited your website already. Now, I decided to change the image once more so that there will no longer be any issues between us both.

          Thank you for visiting AndroidAuthority!

          Have a blessed day!

  • Dude, Steve Job is no longer in Apple and that means the end of Apple. As an Android fan, im happy they are copying that. Android rules!

  • AppleFUD

    This is what apple does. They’ve been doing it since they started. However, they are usually better about taking ideas from lesser known people & companies. Nonetheless, they have the ego and believe they can get away with anything.

  • JD

    Try googling ‘iPad Keyboard Dock’ and save yourself a lot of unnecessary outrage…

  • KeethStone

    So how would it work if you wanted to use the iPad in Landscape mode? Will there be another port along the side so you can dock it in either mode? One of my issues is when I have my TF101 docked and the app only opens in Portrait. I realize this is due to the app but it would be nice to have a toggle to force apps into Landscape when docked (or if this already exists, would someone please post a link).

  • Vitor Hugo Santos

    Looks more like the Asus Slider