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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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Stylus And Keyboard

Both the new iPad Pro and Surface Pro 7+ For Business are designed to work well with digital pens, which are sold separately. For the Surface Pro 7+ For Business it’s the Surface Pen, while for the iPad Pro it’s the Apple Pencil (which is now in its second generation).

For the keyboard, Apple continues to offer a Magic Keyboard option for the iPad Pro. The Magic Keyboard uses a scissor mechanism and offers 1 mm of key travel for an improved typing experience, along with an included trackpad. The new iPad Pro is also compatible with the previous keyboard design, the Smart Keyboard Folio, which does not offer a trackpad.

Likewise, Microsoft offers two keyboard options for the Surface Pro 7+ For Business—though both come with a trackpad. Those options include a basic Type Cover and the “Signature Edition” with Alcantara fabric around the keys. The Surface Pro keyboards also offer deeper keys than the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard, with key travel of 1.3 mm.

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