The new Microsoft Surface Pro might even make NFL coaches happy. (Some coaches, like the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, haven’t been too thrilled with the NFL/Surface deal/requirement.) But with industry insiders questioning Apple’s commitment to improving its MacBook offerings, Surface Pro is poised to deliver on the opportunity. Even the Surface branding has changed for the new Surface Pro, which is ditching the numbers identification too — no more Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, etc. It’s just Surface Pro now, thank you very much.
The new Surface Pro is an Intel 7th-generation Kaby Lake-powered powerhouse with a load of upgrades, especially on the all-important (and often all-consuming) battery life challenge. Microsoft Surface honcho Panos Panay told The Verge “it brings 13.5 hours of battery. It’s lighter than the previous generation product, and it’s more powerful with no fan.” Panay also said that outstanding efficiency is no happy accident — the new Surface Pro has about 800 new parts. Microsoft says it will begin shipping the Surface Pro on June 15. Priced at $799.