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Apple’s New iPad Pro (M1) Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ For Business

CRN compares the new M1-powered iPad Pro with Microsoft’s latest productivity-focused Surface Pro tablet

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As mentioned, Apple’s biggest news with the iPad Pro for 2021 is the addition of the previously Mac-only M1 processor—an Arm-based chip that Apple has developed in house with the aim of enhancing performance and battery life. While the iPad Pro with M1 is not out yet, previous benchmark comparisons of the M1 with Intel’s 11th-gen chips suggests a performance advantage for the M1. One recent benchmark found only one 11th-gen Intel processor capable of beating the M1, the Core i9-11900K. And since the 11th-gen Intel processors found in the Surface Pro 7+ For Business rank below that chip on speed, it’s safe to assume the new iPad Pro will have a performance edge over the Microsoft tablet. The iPad Pro is outfitted with the eight-core CPU/eight-core GPU variant of the M1, while the Surface Pro 7+ processor options include a dual-core chip (the Core i3) and two quad-core options (Core i5 or i7) from Intel’s 11th generation—up to the Core i7-1165G7.

The Surface Pro 7+ For Business does include a higher RAM configuration of 32 GB, with other options being 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM. The iPad Pro includes 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, up from a reported 6 GB on the previous-generation models.

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