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  • Apple has just released the 2020 iPad Pro -- it's most powerful yet
  • Microsoft released the Surface Pro X last November -- the best Windows 2-in-1 from the company
  • Here's a quick look at how to choose between the two

Now that Apple has finally released its newest iPad Pro model, chances are that there are some who will be torn between it and the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

Those who are torn between choosing Apple's new iPad Pro and Microsoft's latest Surface Pro X will be glad to know that this guide was written for them. Here's a quick look at both devices so that buyers can get what suits their needs.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is a powerful 2-in-1 that runs on Windows 10. It is an ARM-powered device that comes with LTE connectivity as standard. As a Windows machine it is capable of running apps that aren't found on the App Store, and offers enough battery life to last users for a whole day of work and play.

The Surface Pro X comes with either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and can be configured to have 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. This device was released in November last year, which means it's still relatively new.

Apple iPad Pro 2020

The new iPad Pro is Apple's most powerful tablet to date. The new device is powered by a new A12Z chip and runs on the latest iPadOS version that offers support for mouse and trackpads. It doesn't come with LTE as standard, but can be configured to offer both Wi-Fi and LTE connections. The new iPad Pro is limited to working with apps on the App Store, but that's not necessarily bad.

The 2020 iPad Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and can be configured to have 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage. It was released very recently, and is the newest to come out of Cupertino.

Both devices come with a slew of accessories designed to help users become as productive as possible. These include detachable keyboards (that come at a price, although Microsoft's is significantly cheaper) and unique styluses. They can also be connected to other devices or accessories via cables.

While it's easy to choose between the two based on their price and features, one important factor that needs to be considered is the platform they are running on. The Surface Pro X is a Windows machine that offers users PC-like features. The 2020 iPad Pro, on the other hand, is a full-pledged tablet that comes with enhanced and powerful features.

So, while consumers can simply choose to buy the cheaper Surface Pro X based on price, buyers will need to consider what they really need. iMore noted that those who are looking for a portable PC experience should get the Surface Pro X, while those who are invested in Apple's ecosystem can simply choose to get the new iPad Pro, even if its accessories are more expensive.

Apple iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard Apple iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard Photo: Apple