Microsoft Exec Claims Apple Is Following In Their Footsteps

Bare Feats, a benchmarking blog, posted some CPU and GPU test results that pitted the 2017 MacBook Pro models against the new iPad Pro 12.9 inch and 10.5-inch models.

Both tablets come with high-end specs and features, enhanced productivity, powerful performance and advanced software, but which would make a better laptop replacement? "And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that". While many revelled in the innovation, it seems that the launch of the devices led Microsoft to believe that Apple is copying them.

Microsoft has been bundling its Surface Pro devices with a Surface Pen stylus for years now, but the Redmond giant used a different approach this year. That means you're looking at paying $969 to get you started.

Is the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro a worthy upgrade?

You'll save battery life when the tablet doesn't need refresh the display much, like while reading.

It still has a 12.9in screen with a resolution of 2732x2048 pixels, and therefore the same 264ppi pixel density.

But Apple wouldn't have delivered all that if it wasn't "following" the Surface Pro, Microsoft claims. The tablet has four stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB 3.0, NFC and a non-removable Li-Ion battery that is capable of running for as long as 10 hours.

The Pencil is more pencil-like than ever on the new iPad Pro.

The Apple Leather Sleeve is a fashionable leather 10.5-inch iPad Pro case that holds your new iPad and the Apple Pencil. For want of a mouse, I had to abandon using the iPad Pro to do my job right at the outset.

Even though, no matter how good for art products like iPad and Surface have gotten over the passage of the years, you'll never have that feeling that you are touching real paper when you're drawing. The Apple Pencil is also useful in marking up emails and signing documents. Most important, keyboard typing is not comfortable, and some tasks are better done with a mouse than with a touch screen.

The cheapest version of the 12.9in iPad Pro is US$799 or £769.

Fortunately, Apple is set to release a drag-and-drop feature this fall in iOS 11, its next mobile operating system.

Trying to use the iPad Pro to do my job (essentially, researching, writing up and laying out this very review) failed much earlier in the process than it did with the Windows 10 S. Indeed, it failed nearly at the very start.

The report also reveals something we suspected all along, that the new iPad Pros come with 4GB of RAM. Artists and other creative users might find iOS 11 more appealing from this point of view. However, the site believes that the handling of the launch of the Surface might have cost Microsoft. It is not surprising then that the Surface Pro Gen 5 is created to be a full-on laptop replacement. Apple lent me a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is the newest size - up from 9.7 inches, which has been the basic screen size for the iPad since it was introduced. What's good though is the older model Surface Pen is still available, and it is more affordable than the new version at $60, as pointed out by The Verge.

Vanessa Coleman