In an interview with Edoarado Maggio from Business Insider, Microsoft Surface general manager Ryan Gavin had this to say about the iPad Pro.
Think about it, if we had been looking at [Apple] we wouldn’t have made a product like Surface Pro or Surface Book,” Gavin said. “We have been learning and perfecting our products in the 2-in-1 category for years now, [but] when Surface initially launched everyone was skeptical, including them. And then they followed, and the iPad Pro is a clear example of that.
Put aside the fact that the tech industry frequently borrows and steals from each other. The Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 and the iPad Pro is not. Do they do similar things? Of course, but the experience of using each device is completely different, only to be furthered by iOS 11. iPad Pro is a tablet computer and the Surface Pro is a refrigerator-toaster.