The announcement of Apple's iPad Pro was initially greeted with mixed reactions. For example, PC World found the iPad Pro hardware to be excellent, but couldn't help comparing it to Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 at the time.
"For now, the iPad Pro's hardware specs are arguably a tad superior to the Surface Pro 3's. But while Apple may claim to have 'reinvented' the idea of a productivity tablet with the iPad Pro, Surface owners know where Apple found its biggest ideas."
"Apple shareholders who placed their bets on iPad Pro's success might have exposed themselves to risks. Information from the company's supply chain suggests that sales of the iPad line are slowing down."
There is one main problem with the iPad Pro, however: It only runs a mobile operating system, iOS. While there are several robust apps available for iOS, you can't do things with these apps that you can while running OS X on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. This is why consumers are opting for tablets like the Surface Pro 4, which not only runs Windows 10, but can be used as a tablet as well.
The Surface Pro 4 has received positive reviews. The Verge thinks its a nice upgrade from the Surface Pro 3.
"Just because the Surface Pro 4 doesn't look or feel much different than the Pro 3 doesn't mean Microsoft has been sitting back doing nothing for the past 18 months. Instead of going back to the design drawing board, Microsoft focused on improving how you actually interact with the Surface."
"Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it's going to get," claims reviewer Joe Osbourne.
Even though the new Surface Pro has garnered more hype, there is still some excitement for the iPad Pro on Twitter.