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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Compared to Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pen

Apple released the iPad Pro last week as a direct competitor to Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4. The high-end tablets are primarily targeted at creative professionals, with the companion Apple Pencil and Surface Pen available as precise input tools to complement your finger.

iMore has shared a new video that compares sketching with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pen on Microsoft's new Surface Book, which has equivalent display technology as the Surface Pro 4.


Editor Serenity Caldwell found the Surface Pen to be "about as responsive" as the Apple Pencil, but said Microsoft's stylus pressure was slightly harder to control and had more trouble at writing small type.

The Verge has created a similar video that provides more of a high-level comparison of the iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4, while also touching upon the Apple Pencil and Surface Pen and showing some limited usage of each accessory.

Editor Jacob Kastrenakes called the Apple Pencil "one of the best" he has ever used, adding that the Surface Pen "can be a little less natural" but benefits from having a hardware eraser -- which the Apple Pencil doesn't have.


Kastrenakes said the Apple Pencil is "really responsive" and has "amazing palm rejection," and he offered similar accolades for the Surface Pen, although quality will vary from app to app on both the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4.

Apple Pencil online orders began to see movement earlier this week, while Apple retail stores started receiving more reliable Apple Pencil shipments on Tuesday for in-store purchase. The accessory is available to ship in 4-5 weeks online.



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10 months ago
Apple should make a Mac tablet.
Rating: 22 Votes
10 months ago
She's wearing an Apple Watch. 1. According to this forum no one bought one 2. She's drinking "that Apple koolaid" (whatever that ridiculous expression means) so her opinion is massively biased towards Apple...

Apple should make a Mac tablet.


And no. No they shouldn't.
Rating: 17 Votes
10 months ago
That iMore video REALLY annoyed me the way the angle of the camera prevented you seeing the tip of the pencil touching the screen to see the latency.

Any direct angled shot of "pen to pad" was sped up, and the real time shots were obscured by her hand.

Surely deliberate? Unquestionably annoying.
Rating: 15 Votes
10 months ago

Apple should make a Mac tablet.


Nah.
Rating: 15 Votes
10 months ago

Apple should make a Mac tablet.

They just want to pass the iPad Pro off as one. It's no Surface competitor.
Rating: 13 Votes
10 months ago
Apple has made it clear that their vision for tablet computing is limited to mobile devices, essentially PDA's, and they have no greater vision of how creative people & professionals will work more efficiently going forward into the future. ...or they can see it, but have decided that like every other area of the once thriving "pro" product line, it's not worth the investment. They'd rather sell short lifecycle watches and phones and cars to teenagers with disposable income.

And so, it falls upon, of all companies, Microsoft, to grab the baton and make the bigger strides pushing computing forward again. ...and we know how that goes.

This will be the biggest missed opportunity for Apple to lead of Cooks career.
Rating: 13 Votes
10 months ago

Apple should make a Mac tablet.

Apple should make the Pencil available today! ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
Really no comparison. The Surface run desktop OS and uses an Intel processor while the iPad Pro is just a tablet. Surface wins overall and the Apple pencil wins the best drawing tool.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
Honestly... If I was considering a Surface, I'd just get a great laptop. I don't believe the Surface would make me happy if I bought it replace my laptop. I do see touch based computing is different than keyboard and mouse computing.

The best analogy I have is my vehicles. I have two. A van and a 2 seater sports car. Both get me from here to there. Both ride nice. But they are very different vehicles and I'll drive them for very different reasons. However, if you we're to do a "Checkbox" comparison, my van would probably win the "best award"... holds the most. Tows things. Great visibility. Etc... However, I'd prefer to drive the sports car ANY day over the van if I could.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago

Really no comparison. The Surface run desktop OS and uses an Intel processor while the iPad Pro is just a tablet. Surface wins overall and the Apple pencil wins the best drawing tool.

WINS? Wins what? The best? That's only for an individual to decide. There are too many factors to say one wins over another.
Rating: 7 Votes

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