Apple fans would never deign to carry a Surface Pro, but Microsoft’s advanced tablet has a lot to offer. PCWorld’s Mark Hachman swears by his Surface Pro 3, praising its light weight, generous 12-inch screen size, and improved Type Cover. Since it runs full Windows 8.1, he can run all the same apps he has on a more traditional PC, and it’s even got ports: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD. I’m not exactly jealous (I mean, Windows), but I can see the appeal.
Apple isn’t going to slap a Mini DisplayPort onto an iPad anytime soon, but the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro could be just what it needs to appeal to users who are happy in the iOS ecosystem, but want to squeeze even more productivity out of their iPad experience. A new report in 9to5Mac claims that Apple is prepping features that would bring some of the Surface’s selling points to the iPad line.