According to a fresh report coming from the IDC, it seems that Apple sold 2 million units of its iPad Pro, thus exceeding sales of the Microsoft Surface, which came in at 1.6 million units for the quarter. The research firm called the iPad Pro the big winner in a declining tablet market which fell 10 percent year over year.
Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for tablets, said the following:
"One of the biggest reasons why detachables are growing so fast is because end users are seeing those devices as PC replacements. With these results, it's clear that price is not the most important feature considered when acquiring a detachable — performance is."
However, it needs to be pointed out that Microsoft increased its Surface sales by 29 percent year over year. The IDC also reports that the Surface Pro outsold the smaller and cheaper Surface 3, which is proof that bigger tablets with keyboards are ready to be considered as laptop replacement for some consumers.