According to sources, Microsoft is working together with the supply chain to develop new Surface models that will be unveiled during the second half of this year. There have been reports of a Surface Phone that will be released during that same time period. Meanwhile, Microsoft has apparently taken control of SurfacePhone.com as the website now redirects to Microsoft's global Surface website.
In head-to head combat, during the fourth-quarter it is believed that the new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro sold 2 million units, topping the 1.6 million Surface Pro 4 slabs that were reportedly rung up in the three month. For the quarter, Apple had a leading 24.5% share of the global tablet market. The company sold 16.1 million units for the three month period, down nearly 25% from the previous year. Microsoft was not included in the top five for the quarter or for the year.