The General Manager of Microsoft’s Surface, Ryan Gavin, believes that Apple’s iPad Pro “is a clear example of Apple following Microsoft,” rather than the other way around.
Speaking to Business Insider, Mr Gavin said, “Think about it, if we had been looking at [Apple] we wouldn’t have made a product like Surface Pro or Surface Book.
“We have been learning and perfecting our products in the 2-in-1 category for years now, [but]when Surface initially launched everyone was skeptical, including them.
“And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that.”
Of course, Microsoft watches the competition, but when it comes to building its Surface hardware, “we don’t really look at Apple,” Gavin clarified.
The Surface Pro has recently been released around the world and is certainly pretty impressive, something that Microsoft aren’t shy to point out saying, “this Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance.
“It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery life, display quality, storage, and portability.”
The Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Inside it has the 7th Generation Intel Core processor, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.
It is charged via a magnetic Surface charger but does not have a USB Type-C port, although it does have the regular USB-A port.
Microsoft’s other model in the range, the Surface Studio which will launch this week, is even more impressive with the top end model having 8GB of RAM and 2TB of internal storage.