The iPad Pro is Apple's big hope for its tablet range. With consecutive quarters of falling sales and more than a year of falling market share Apple's recent performance in the Post-PC era (as defined by Apple) has been poor.
The iPad Pro is a different proposition for iPad buyers: a tablet replacement for their MacBook or desktop, an idea very clearly cribbed from Microsoft.
The iPad may well be the best tablet ever made. And for some users it may well be capable of filling every computing need they have. However there are just too many compromises required by iOS for that to be entirely true, for all but the lightest users.
For example, Safari on iOS is not a true desktop class browser, which means that there are many sites out there that don't render properly. I've come across two examples in the last couple of days testing. Yes, it's true that no website should have problems on an iPad in this day and age, but the truth is that some do.
Which is one of the reasons why I firmly believe that the Surface remains a far better choice for someone looking for a single device them the iPad Pro. It does true desktop service, delivering the full laptop experience. And whilst it may not have as wide a choice of tablet apps as the iPad, it manages to turn every piece of Windows software into a tablet app by virtue of its interface and Windows 10.
There are people who will tell you that the Surface is not a good tablet. They are obviously people who have had no experience of using one for any length of time.
So, if you're looking for a companion device for your laptop or desktop the iPad Pro is a good choice if you can like its extra size and weight. If you're looking for a single device to deliver all of your computing requirements a Surface is still a better choice.