March 15, 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Compared To Apple's New MacBook

The Surface Pro 4 hasn't been officially announced yet, but that hasn't stopped people from comparing it to Apple's new MacBook, which was just announced one week ago. The MacBook itself has received mixed reviews. Sean Hollister from Gizmodo thinks the MacBook is a little awkward.

"Waiting for the other shoe to drop? The keyboard on this new MacBook makes me want to cry a little. Like the rest of the machine, it's so thin… but when it comes to keyboards, thin is usually bad. And as hard as Apple tried to create a fancy new type of keyboard switch to make a thin keyboard work well, this one felt pretty iffy to my experienced laptop reviewer fingers."
Macworld reports that that the new MacBook will have two models: One will have a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M model with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB of flash storage and an Intel HD Graphics 5300 card. The other will have a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB of flash memory and an Intel HD Graphics 5300 card. Both models have a 2304 x 1440 pixel resolution screen.

According to PC Pro, the Surface Pro 4 will have two models: a 12-inch version and one with a 14-inch screen. Both will have a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution screen. Both are rumored to have an Intel Core M Broadwell processor. However, some speculate that both Surface Pro 4 models will have a more powerful processor.

The Surface Pro 4 is likely to be released during the third quarter of 2015, possibly in July. It will likely have a more advanced keyboard than the new MacBook. Even though it won't have the new MacBook's "thinness" factor, it will come with a digital stylus for note-taking -- this is something that isn't available for the MacBook. According to Phone Arena, the Surface Pro 4 may come with a version that has 16GB of RAM.

Perhaps it's more logical to compare the Surface Pro 4 with the iPad Pro instead of the new MacBook. According to Gizmodo, the iPad Pro will have a very special addition that is already included on the Surface Pro.

"Apple already has patents for its own stylus, and a bigger iPad wouldn't interest the average user anyway, who would most likely stick with an iPad Air or Mini. Instead, the big iPad will be marketed toward creatives and artists who need the pen to do their tablet-based artwork."
The comparison with the iPad Pro would also make more sense if the iPad Pro runs a special version of OS X rather than iOS. In any case, the Surface Pro 4 should make an even bigger impact than the Surface Pro 3 did last year.

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