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Apple's gigantic iPad Pro outsold Microsoft's entire Surface lineup last quarter — and it was only on sale for 6 weeks

Kif Leswing
India Woman Apple Store iPad

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Apple's newest iPad model, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, outsold Microsoft's entire line of Surface tablets last holiday season. 

Apple shipped over 2 million iPad Pros in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to an estimate from IDC. Compare that to Microsoft's Surface line of tablets, which totaled 1.6 million shipments in total last quarter, IDC says. 

What's crazy is the iPad Pro, Apple's work-focused tablet, first went on sale on November 11th, about halfway through the quarter, so it didn't even have a full period to rack up sales. 

Microsoft sold Surfaces during the entire quarter, and also introduced two new models during the fourth quarter, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book laptop, both of which were included in IDC's calcuation. 

IDC's estimates include tablets, which run mobile operating systems, as well as "detachables," tablets like the Surface Pro that can be used like a laptop alongside a keyboard case. 

Apple is still the top tablet vendor in the world, with iPads accounting for nearly one out of four tablets sold last year. However, although Apple shipped nearly 16.1 million iPads in total, shipments fell 24.8% from last year—a faster decline than the market as well as competitors like Samsung and Amazon. 

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