The battle for tablet supremacy
Calling it the "ultimate PC replacement," Apple last week unveiled a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, looking to inject some mojo into its tablet line while doing battle not only with PCs, but Microsoft's line of Surface Pro tablets.
Apple currently sells the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini, which were introduced last fall. It left its 9.7-inch iPad – its most popular tablet size – as is and sold it alongside the iPad Air 2, which was introduced in 2013. Despite the introduction of the iPad Pro line, however, iPad sales have declined steadily over the past two years and fell 25 percent to 16.1 million units in the fourth quarter.
During the event introducing the new iPad Pro, Apple executives claimed the majority of iPad Pro buyers come from Windows-based machines. By the same logic, Microsoft would surely love PC users to upgrade to a member of its Surface Pro line, which comes in 10-inch, 12-inch and 12.3-inch sizes.
So, how does the latest addition to the iPad Pro line stack up against the Surface Pro? Click through to find out.