We have previously compared the iPad Pro with the Surface Pro 4, only to find that Apple’s 2-in-1 device isn’t really well-suited for most. We’re not alone with such a conclusion. A senior Microsoft representative also believes the same, adding that the iPad Pro cannot work as a standalone productivity device.
Speaking to a blog, Dan Laycock, Senior Communications Manager for Microsoft Surface, said that the iPad Pro offers fewer features than the Surface Pro 4. He added that the iPad Pro will always be a companion device.
“Microsoft really wants you to only carry one device for tablet and PC use,” explains Laycock. “Whereas the iPad Pro is always going to be a companion device.”
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While Apple touts the iPad Pro as a tablet fit for media consumption that also doubles as a notebook, in real life that claim seems rather far-fetched. Unlike the iPad Pro, the Surface Pro 4 actually serves both the purposes. “The strategies are very different,” he added.
Laycock also took a jab at Apple for backtracking on its stance on the stylus. “At one point in time, Apple declared that if there’s a stylus, that’s failure,” he said. “We’re a huge believer in the pen; we know our customers love it.”
“So to see Apple do something that feels a little bit similar, that is clearly skewed for a bigger screen, and more productivity built in, and the ability to use a pen. We don’t see it as a one-to-one comparison, because this is a full PC, you’re running full apps.”
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