Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing at Microsoft holds up the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 during the launch of their Surface 2 tablets in New York September 23, 2013. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has surpassed Apple's iPad Pro in sales, thereby entering into a tough competition with other tablet/hybrid devices in the market. Surface Pro 4 is now in direct competition with Apple iPad Pro and MacBook Air.

Surface Pro 4 has some unresolved issues like outdated drivers, but Microsoft still reportedly managed to sell more units than Apple’s iPad Pro.

According to Android Origin, both Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Apple MacBook Air work quite well, the only difference is just its operating systems. Some users may argue that iOS has the multi-tasking capabilities that is superior to Windows but in terms of the practical applications, both devices have a good multi-tasking capability.

In terms of specs, Surface Pro 4 has better RAM as compared to Apple’s MacBook Air. The drive space and RAM memory are less in MacBook Air. The MacBook Air has a 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. Despite low drive space and low RAM memory, Microsoft’s tablet is still outselling Apple devices.

Apple is reportedly planning to launch MacBook Air in March and the MacBook Pro will be released later in June.

Apple intends to keep the three months of launch gap between the MacBook Air and iPad Pro (a combination of a laptop and tablet), as MacBook Air may reduce the iPad Pro market. However, Apple has not yet confirmed the launch of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro along with iPad Air 3.

According to ITPro, the Intel Skylake processor which will be used in the 12-inch MacBook Air was released in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Earlier rumours suggested that the MacBook Air will come in two versions: a 13-inch model and 15-inch model. The new version of MacBook Air (12-inch model) may be launched in Worldwide Developers Conference 2016, reports Tech Blorge.

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News also claims that Apple will launch the 12-inch MacBook Air in 2016.