Maybe the Microsoft Surface was ahead of its time...

The Microsoft Surface has never really taken the world by storm, but with the new release of the iPad Pro, Apple is just the latest to copy the Microsoft Surface concept. Apple isn't the first to copy Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell, and HP, have all come out with 'Surface-like' devices over the past year or so as well. As much fun as it is to make fun of Microsoft, it now looks like they might have actually been ahead of their time with the Surface. Gizmodo takes a look at the 'pioneering' Microsoft Surface over here.

Within the last month, three of the largest technology companies in the world have unabashedly cloned the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s laptop/tablet hybrid champion. Lenovo now has the Miix 700 Ideapad. Apple has its mega huge iPad, that when combined with the optional keyboard (which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably get because the iPad comes with the dock hardwired into the thing) acts just like a Surface Pro 3 only on a mobile OS. And Dell is working on an XPS 12 2-in-1 complete with included stylus. These join HP’s nearly year-old Envy x2 as a big happy family of Surface clones.