How Apple’s new iPad Pro compares to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3
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.
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.
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 Pro||Surface Pro 3|
|Screen size||12.9 inches||12 inches|
|Weight||1.57 pounds||1.76 pounds|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours||Up to 9 hours|
|Processor||Apple A9X||Intel HD Graphics 4200 (i3), 4400 (i5) or 5000 (i7)|
|Storage space||32GB, 128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB|
|Operating System||iOS 9||Windows 10|
|Camera||8MP rear camera, 720P front facing camera||5MP rear and front facing cameras|
|Accessories||Apple Smart Keyboard (US$169) and Apple Pencil (US$99). Both sold separately||Digital Pen, included. The Surface Pro Type cover costs US$129.|
|Price||Starts at US$799, but it won’t go on sale till November||US$799 to US$1,799, depending on the model|
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