This 2012 comic predicted Apple would ‘invent’ the Surface Pro in 2015

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Photo: Joel Watson

If the iPad Pro portion of today’s keynote felt a little bit familiar to you, it might have been because Apple’s new gigantic tablet is in many way a direct copying answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet that was introduced three years ago.

iPad Pro comes with many of the same bells and whistles as the Surface, including a super-compact keyboard built into the cover. We had a great laugh when Steve Ballmer unveiled the Surface back in 2012, but while I was busy panning Microsoft’s tablet, Joel Watson, a cartoonist, accurately predicted Apple was already planning to ‘invent’ the device in its own making.

Fast-forward three years and Watson’s prophetic cartoon turned out to be uncannily accurate. Sure, he predicted Tim would announce it at WWDC and it’d be called the Smart Cover Touch, but the reaction from fanboys was spot on.