Apple just announced a much-anticipated addition to its 9.7-inch tablet lineup — except the new device isn’t called the iPad Air 3. Instead, the company is classifying the tablet, the first in Apple’s flagship size group since 2014’s iPad Air 2, as an iPad Pro. It’s just a little smaller than the gargantuan 12.9-inch iPad Pro released last fall, and it comes equipped with all the same perks: Pencil and Smart Keyboard compatibility, four-speaker audio system, and boosts to RAM and processor speed.
That still begs the question: Is this new iPad Pro a viable alternative to a more traditional 2-in-1 like Microsoft’s Surface, and where does it stack up against the cheaper iPad Air 2 or the high-end iPad Pro? Now that Apple has made a definitive move to classify its tablets as it does its laptops — with Air and Pro tiers — it’s become a little easier to differentiate between the many choices. However, there’s still a good amount of ambiguity over what each iPad is capable of, where it truly excels, and where it falls flat on its face. This is where numbers can come in handy.
Read more iPad Pro vs. iPad Air 2 analysis, much of it in chart form, here on The Verge.