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Report: iPad Pro outsells the entire Microsoft Surface range


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Last week Microsoft announced sales of Surface devices were up 29% but even that may not have been be enough to defeat Apple’s iPad Pro.

New figures from IDC (via AppleInsider) claim the iPad Pro outsold the entire Microsoft Surface range during the launch quarter.

According to the research the iPad Pro shifted ‘just over two million’ units while Microsoft mustered 1.6m Surface devices during the same period.

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The figures relate to so-called detachable devices which are designed to be used primarily with keyboard accessories, rather than tablets like the iPad Air.

"This quarter was unique as we had new detachables in the market from all three of the major platform players," IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said.

"Despite lukewarm reviews, the iPad Pro was the clear winner this season as it was the top selling detachable, surpassing notable entries from Microsoft and other PC vendors."

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Ubrani said the launch of so called ‘detachables’ have created some great opportunities for Apple and Microsoft, while Google has a lot of work to do to get its Pixel C range over with the masses.

He added: “Google's recent foray into this space has been rather lacklustre as the Android platform will require a lot more refinement to achieve any measurable success."

As we’ve learned from the wild estimates of Apple Watch sales, figures from researchers can be taken relatively lightly.

However, this is the first indication of how the iPad Pro may have sold. During its earnings report last week Apple said it had sold 16.1 million iPads in total during the three months leading up to Christmas.

The firm stopped short of breaking those figures down into specific models.


February 1, 2016, 9:45 pm

Smells like another lustful apple Victory


February 1, 2016, 10:21 pm

ah my frooty little shadow.

knew you would come.

And it is a victory now gfym


February 1, 2016, 10:26 pm

it's a story with no data to back it up. IDC estimated, they have no data from Apple, Apple did not report iPad sales by model. IDC was not able to carve out iPad Pro from other iPads. What is for sure is that Apple had a YoY decline again in tablet sales. So take with a grain of salt. With all this, they say the iP P is a clear winner, go figure.

Dead Words

February 2, 2016, 12:22 pm

If it's true, it's just the Apple fanboys who buy every Apple product that comes out regardless of what it is or what it does. The Surface devices will catch up and surpass the iPad Pro.

Dead Words

February 2, 2016, 12:23 pm

Poop applesauce? I have found the mature section of the internet, I see.

Prem Desai

February 2, 2016, 12:43 pm

Very different devices with different target markets, different capabilities and different budgets.

A nonsensical comparison. I bet Apple sold more ipad pro units that the total global sales of pear shaped bricks over the same time period.


February 2, 2016, 3:03 pm

I'm surprised by this: the iPad Pro feels overpriced given that it's basically just an oversized iPad Air with a very large premium for a few extra inches of screen real estate. I still want one though.

Dead Words

February 3, 2016, 7:59 pm

The only way to "discuss" anything with Paul is...well, it's impossible.
Now, if you want to rant like an immature child with Paul, then the phrase "poop applesauce" is acceptable.


February 5, 2016, 9:29 pm

dirty filthy beggar

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