Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro — Why Microsoft is outperforming Apple

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Microsoft Surface Pro is attracting new consumers. And not just any set of consumers. Users previously loyal to Apple’s iPad lineup are switching to Microsoft Surface Pro in large numbers. In this article, we’ll take a look at the possible reasons for ever-increasing sales of Microsoft Surface Pro.

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There is no doubt that Apple iPad Pro is a versatile and powerful machine, but Microsoft Surface Pro offers full desktop experience with Windows 10 and the Keyboard cover. Plus, you have the ability to run much more power intensive applications on Surface Pro 4.


Apple iPad Pro has a larger screen, standing at 12.9 inches. iPad Pro’s screen packs a resolution of 2732 x 2048. iPad Pro is huge – almost to the extent that just carrying the tablet is a task.

On the other side, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 offers a 12.3 inch screen, with a resolution standing at 2736 x 1824. The body is much more portable and can easily be carried around in one hand.

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Supported Accessories

iPad Pro supports the Apple Pencil and a Smart Keyboard Cover. The downside to this is that you will have to purchase them separately. Surface Pro 4 included the Surface Pen. You can purchase the Surface Type Cover separately, and it is worth every penny you spend on it. The Type Cover features a glass trackpad, allowing you to use the Microsoft Surface Pro like a normal laptop.

Type Cover also has a USB port, thereby increasing the I/O you have on your Surface Pro 4. Moreover, Microsoft Surface Pro supports USB or Bluetooth mouse because it is running the desktop version of Microsoft Windows 10.

OS and Specifications

There is no doubt that Surface Pro 4 bags the prize in this category. Surface Pro 4 runs the full version of Windows 10. This gives you access to the millions of apps and software available for Windows 10. Further, you can make better use of Surface Pro 4’s powerful hardware by running full desktop class apps.

iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s A9X chip. This chip is extremely powerful and allows for a fluid and fast performance. However, there is nowhere to use all this power. iOS cannot run power intensive desktop apps, and watching videos on your iPad does not require a lot of power.

As far as onboard storage options go, you get the option to buy a 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants in Microsoft Surface Pro 4. With the iPad Pro lineup, you can purchase a 32GB, 128GB or 256GB model. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the winner as far as storage goes.


Apple iPad Pro retails for $799 to $999, going from a meager 32GB, to 256GB. You will have to shell out another $130 if you buy the cellular-enabled model. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is currently being sold for $699 for the 128GB, core m3 model. The price goes all the way up to $1499 for the core i7, 256GB variant.

However, Microsoft is expected to offer numerous discounts for the next few weeks to boost the sales of Microsoft Surface Pro 4.


There is no doubt that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 beats the iPad Pro. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has a better set of specs that complement the usability of the device. You can install power intensive applications such as Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop, and still be able to do all your tasks without thinking twice.

The iPad Pro packs in a lot of raw power – but all the power is essentially unusable. If the iPad Pro was running macOS, it would have been a different story altogether. 2017 will see the release of Microsoft Surface Pro 5.

Microsoft has been aiming to beat the sales of Apple iPad for quite some time now. By offering a device that is portable, has exceptional build quality and can still perform heavy tasks, Microsoft wants to bring the war to Apple.

If Microsoft Surface Pro 5 becomes the device that can outperform MacBook Pro 2016, and still be the portable media player all of us love so much, there is no doubt that the upward trending sales of Microsoft’s Surface lineup will continue.