The battle between Apple & Microsoft is no longer PC vs Mac, it is now all about the battle of the super tablets.
We now have the new 'prosumer' market, with the launch of the powerhouse tablets over the last few weeks. For Apple, it is the iPad Pro and for Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4. Both claiming to be the only device that users need - officially 'killing' the laptops & desktops of the world.
So let's look at the specs...
|Display||12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch|
|Storage||32 and 128GB|
|Processors||64-bit A9X and M9|
|Cameras||Front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G|
|Size||305 mm × 220 mm × 7 mm|
Surface Pro 4
|Display||12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 pixel at 267 pixels per inch|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB|
|Processors||Intel Skylake Core M3, Core i5, or Core i7|
|RAM||4GB, 8GB, or 16GB|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Cameras||8MP front, 5MP rear|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microsSD|
|Size||292 mm x 201 mm x 8.45|
Just from the above it looks like the Surface Pro 4 has a compelling argument as the preferred device to replace your laptop. There are more spec options with the Surface Pro than with the iPad Pro and you have the all important port options, including a full-size USB 3.0 port and a microsSD card slot.
When it comes down to the design of these new devices it can't be denied that Apple, as expected from some, have created a slimmer and lighter device. But then the Surface Pro does pack those extra punches with day to day ports and a full desktop OS.
So with that in mind, let's look a little closer at some of the key characteristics of these two new hybrid tablets.
The display of the iPad Pro is larger than the Surface Pro 4 at 12.9 inches but both have similar pixel densities at 264 and 267 ppi. The iPad Pro does have a slightly higher resolution at 2732x2048 pixels versus the Surface Pro's 2736 x1824.
If you are simply trying to figure out which of these devices is the better laptop replacement from an OS perspective, then the Surface Pro wins hands down. It runs Windows 10, a full desktop OS with desktop class apps. The iPad Pro runs iOS 9 - it has a lot of apps but it can't compete with being able to run a full desktop OS with a smooth user experience.
The iPad Pro has the new Stylus and Smart Keyboard Cover (both extra costs) but The Surface Pro comes with a stylus pen and offers a keyboard cover additionally. The Surface keyboard does, however have a glass trackpad, allowing you to use the device just like a laptop. The Surface Pro also supports mice, just plug one into the USB port or connect via Bluetooth and you are good to go! A full laptop/desktop experience from anywhere!
For me, the Surface Pro prevails in this battle. It really is a true replacement of a laptop or desktop. I myself use a Surface and it is the ONLY device I use across my work and my personal life (read my story here). There is no denying that Apple design fantastic products but I think Microsoft have beat them in creating the first true 'laptop killer.'
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