September 10, 2015 3:13 pm
Updated: September 11, 2015 1:30 pm

How Apple’s new iPad Pro compares to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

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WATCH ABOVE: Apple has unveiled a slew of new products, including a brand new tablet. Nicole Bogart reports.

First there was the iPad, then the iPad Air, followed by the iPad Mini – but now Apple is taking its tablet to new heights with the iPad Pro.

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The new device is the largest, most powerful tablet the company has ever created, with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally and full-sized software keyboard for more capable typing. The device includes Apple’s new A9X chip, which promises more powerful computing power, and a 10-hour battery life.

The iPad Pro will also get its own line of accessories, including the Apple Pencil (US$99) that will allow users to draw and write on the screen, and the Smart Keyboard cover (US$169), which folds out to reveal a full keyboard.

READ MORE: Apple unveils iPad Pro, new Apple Watch models, Apple TV updates

Of course, Apple’s latest tablet drew immediate comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet, which had its own fold-out keyboard long before the iPad.

The Surface Pro 3, released in June 2014, received high ratings from tech reviewers for its two-in-one features and its upgraded keyboard.

So how do the two compare? Below we’ve put together a comparison of some of the main tech specs – however, keep in mind Microsoft is widely expected to release a Surface Pro 4 sometime this fall, which may increase competition between the two.

iPad ProSurface Pro 3
Screen size12.9 inches12 inches
Weight1.57 pounds1.76 pounds
Battery lifeUp to 10 hoursUp to 9 hours
ProcessorApple A9XIntel HD Graphics 4200 (i3), 4400 (i5) or 5000 (i7)
Storage space32GB, 128GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
Operating SystemiOS 9Windows 10
Camera8MP rear camera, 720P front facing camera5MP rear and front facing cameras
AccessoriesApple Smart Keyboard (US$169) and Apple Pencil (US$99). Both sold separatelyDigital Pen, included. The Surface Pro Type cover costs US$129.
PriceStarts at US$799, but it won’t go on sale till NovemberUS$799 to US$1,799, depending on the model

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