For Apple, enemies are everywhere.
If Samsung was not enough to ward off in the smartphone zone, Microsoft has emerged as a huge threat to Apple in the tablet department.
The iPad is under constant threat from the monstrous Surface and Surface Pro devices – which have greater capacity not just in terms of pore but have greater usability as well, because they can conver themselves into laptops too.
And not just this, in the price front too, the devices are much more economical. So is Apple doing anything about it to combat this competition?
It can be said that Apple is trying hard to catch up.
This can be said because the iPad Pro is the only Apple tablet that has support for stylus, or an attachable keyboard, trying to turn into a laptop just like the Microsoft Surface Pro3.
But you’ll need to pay a price – the Apple Pencil costs about $99, while the Smart Keyboard will drain out another $169 from your pocket, apart from the $799 that you are spending on the device alone.
On a positive note the device has introduced support for the Lightning connector and has four speakers as well.
On the contrary, the Surface pen may cost you $49 but when you buy a surface device it comes free in the box.
Another accessory that you might have to pay for is a Type Cover is priced at $129.99, available in five colors.
Asides an SDXC card reader and a full-sized USB 3.0 port is also available.
Both devices are sporting metal chassis’s, but Apple chose aluminium for the iPad Pro while Microsoft stuck to magnesium alloy for the Surface Pro 3.
This has caused weights to vary as well – iPad Pro weighs just 723g as compared to the Surface Pro 3 that weighs 800g.
The screens are definitely good for both devices.
While the iPad Pro provides a Retina screen coated with anti-reflective and anti-fingerprint covering, the Surface Pro 3 brings us the eDP ClearType HD screen.
The iPad Pro is larger at 12.9 inches, while the latter comes in a 12 inch screen.
Under the hood, the iPad Pro has the new A9X processor, remarkably faster than its predecessor the A8X. about 4GB RAM comes as an addition to its processing power.
On the contrary, the Surface Pro 3 comes with a 4th-gen Intel Core i3, i5 or an i7 processor, a TPM chip for enterprise security, and Intel integrated HD Graphics.
Internal memory capacities are more varied with the surface – it can be purchased in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models, while Apple only provides 32GB and 128GB models.
As for the camera, iPad Pro lacks an LED flash but has a better lens at 8MP.
Microsoft surface on the contrary comes with a 5MP camera and no flash again.