July 29 Looms and Still No Surface Pro 4
I have no doubt there will be a Surface Pro 4, but I am beginning to think Microsoft is about to crib another page from the Apple playbook (for it's MacBook lines), and the Surface Pro 4 won't appear until next spring/summer with the next Surface 4.
Here are my data points: (a) unending rumors of no SkyLake until fall; (b) super speed Samsung SSD's coming "second half 2016"; (c) commitment to make next iteration compatible with current peripherals (pen, dock, keyboard); (d) not even Thurrott has inside info on a Surface Pro 4 - in fact he said it is the FIRST model he has never heard anything about; and (e) recent addition of another SPro 3 sku. My take on all of this
- This fall (probably October's rumored first major update to Windows 10) we will get the Surface Pro 3s, with the same form factor, same screen, Broadwell processors (sorry folks #1), up to 16gb ram and 1TB ssd (mSATA - sorry folks #2), and all the same peripherals. Basically an Apple MacBook-like chipset rev.
- A 14" SPro 3 sku added to the device list
- Next spring (with early summer release) we get the all new Surface Pro 4; thinner and lighter; SkyLake processors; the new super-speed Samsung ssd; less bezel; and a built-in capacitor based "stick" pen with the full size pen as a $50 accessory.