Apple usually competes against Samsung in the smartphone industry but when it comes to tablets Apple has an even bigger competitor, Microsoft. The competition started when Apple launched its iPad Pro offering and Microsoft unveiled its Surface Pro 4. Both devices are hybrid tablets that are capable of replacing laptops and their prices are very similar as well. Today we’re going to take iPad Pro 12.9 inch and compare it against Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. We will focus this brief competition on display technology, hardware power and operating system.
iPad Pro ships with a 12.9 inch panel that’s slightly bigger than Surface Pro 4’s 12.3 inch display. Even though iPad Pro’s display is bigger, Surface Pro 4’s pixel resolution and pixel density is bigger than what iPad Pro has to offer. However, iPad Pro is actually brighter than Surface Pro 4. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro variant offers the brightest display that features 423.8 nits.
The Cupertino based tech giant prides itself with the fact that it’s able to create some of the most powerful processors on the market. Therefore, iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s own-made A9X processor. The chipset is very impressive, scoring 5416 points on the Geekbench 3 test.
On the other hand we have Surface Pro 4 that is powered by Intel Core M3, Core i5 and Core i7, depending on the acquired variant. Surface Pro 4’s processor is more than capable of providing users with impressive hardware performances and it even scores 6811 points on the Geekbench 3 test.
iPad Pro runs on Apple’s mobile iOS operating system. However, even though this is a mobile operating system it’s packed with innovative features and multi-tasking functionalities. Surface Pro 4 runs on Windows 10 that’s filled with an even higher amount of features. Windows 10 is the better operating system in this comparison because it gives Surface Pro 4 users the same execution abilities as a PC user. However, in the end customers will have to choose the operating system that fits their needs the most.