Back in June last year, there were comments frommedia that Apple’s iPad Pro had become more like Microsoft’s Surface Pro. As a major driver of the 2-in-1 PC concept, it provides an important reference for iPadOS to introduce cursor and touchpad support. Today, Apple quietly announced a revamped 2020 iPad Pro line with the magic Ofgc Keyboard accessory. In addition to supporting new hinges with multi-angle support, it also comes with a touchpad.
2020 iPad Pro plus $350 Magic Keyboard (photo: Apple)
While the Magic Keyboard keyboard is expected to catch up with Type Cover, Microsoft’s Surface Pro stand, which adjusts its inclination, still has an unparalleled advantage.
Putting aside Apple’s “wrong idea” of the shape of the two-in-one device, the new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard could still have a hit on sales of Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
Thanks to the user’s favorite hardware specifications and operating system combination, Apple’s iPad family has struggled to buck the overall trend in the tablet market.
Even though many people think Windows 10 is the ‘right’ operating system for work, the line between iPad and PC is becoming increasingly blurred.
Of course, Apple has other hurdles to overcome. After all, iPad OS still lacks many advanced features compared to Windows. For most iPad Pro users today, the difference in performance is significant.
Over time, these problems will eventually be solved. At the same time, Microsoft is trying to make desktop operating systems more suitable for lightweight computing devices such as surface Pro X.
Surface Pro 7 (pictured: Microsoft)
Unsurprisingly, the new iPad Pro has once again raised the cost of installing Apple users’ devices:
Take the 256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($1,100), with a total price of $1,580 (about 11,000 RMB) with the Apple Pencil ($130) and Magic Keyboard ($350).
For comparison, the 256GB Surface Pro 7 ($1100) plus the Surface Pen stylus ($100) and type keyboard case ($160) cost $1,260 (about 8916 RMB).
Interestingly, the Surface Pro X costs $1,570 (about 11,000 RMB). The difference is only $10 compared to the non-cellular version of the iPad Pro.
Finally, by the time Apple finally catches up with the trend of two-in-one devices, Microsoft is already actively mulling a new generation of collapsible and dual-screen devices.