The new iPad Pro 2021 was launched and offers a range of improvements in typical iPad fashion, from the new, more powerful M1 chip to the mini LED display of the 12.9-inch version and more. If you bought the iPad Pro last year, is it a good idea to upgrade now? Here’s a head-to-head comparison to help you out.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: design
Both the iPad Pro 2020 and 2021 variants look very similar and have an aluminum construction and silver or room gray colors. However, the iPad Pro 2021 variant includes some new changes that may not be quickly visible to the eye, but are important.
The USB-C port on the new iPad supports Thunderbolt and USB 4 connectivity, so users can connect an external display with a resolution of up to 6K. Users can also connect other Thunderbolt accessories, including high-speed storage.
Plus, both iPads are practically the same, with the same two size options (11-inch and 12.9-inch). However, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 is slightly thicker than its older variant (6.4 mm versus 5.89 mm).
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: display
The iPad Pro 2020 has an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of either 2,388 × 1,668 for the 11-inch version or 2,732 × 2,048 for the 12.9-inch version. The display has a reflectivity of 1.8 percent and a brightness of up to 600 nits. There’s also P3 Wide Color, True Tone, and Apple’s ProMotion for razor-sharp color reproduction and smooth video.
The iPad 2021 has the same resolution field for both size variants. However, the larger 12.9-inch version now has a mini LED panel instead of an IPS LCD panel. This allows the larger iPad Pro to deliver a much better contrast ratio (one million to one) and even higher peak brightness of up to 1,600 nits. The new mini LED panel has 10,000 tiny LEDs (compared to just 72 on the older iPad Pro) with over 2,500 local dimming zones. For more information on mini LEDs, see the link below.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Specifications, Features, and Battery Life
The iPad Pro 2020 has the A12Z Bionic chipset with a neural engine and an M12 motion coprocessor. This allows the older tablet to support the second generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard 2020.
However, the iPad Pro 2021 has the new M1 processor, which also powers the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini. The new eight-core processor and eight-core GPU offer twice as fast memory access and a CPU performance of up to 50 percent as well as graphics that are 40 percent faster than the iPad Pro 2020.
In addition, the new iPad Pro variants are equipped with 5G and support mmWave in the USA. This gives the new tablets faster data speeds than the older iPad Pad, which is limited to 4G.
Speaking of battery life: The iPad Pro 2020 offers a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge. The new iPad Pro 2021 also claims to have the same battery life.
iPad Pro 2021 versus iPad Pro 2020: camera
The iPad Pro 2020 has a 12-megapixel dual-pixel main camera on the back as well as a secondary 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 3D ToF LiDAR scanner that measures depth with high accuracy can. The newer iPad Pro 2021 uses the same camera setup on the back, but there’s a new camera setup on the front that opens up some nice video calling options.
The iPad Pro 2021 has a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera with a field of view of 122 degrees. This camera zooms in on the user during video calls and intelligently pans around the room using the wider field of view if the user moves. In addition, the camera automatically readjusts its frame when a second subject enters its wide field of view, ensuring that both subjects are visible at all times in the video call without user intervention. Apple calls this feature “Center Stage”.
In addition, the new iPad pros are also taking advantage of the processing power of the new M1 chip for better low-light performance.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Pricing and Availability
The 2020 11-inch iPad Pro is available in India from Rs 71,900 for the 128 GB Wi-Fi variant. In the meantime, the Wi-Fi + cellular version costs Rs 85,900. The 12.9-inch version costs Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi edition and Rs 1.03,900 for the Wi-Fi + cellular version.
The new iPad Pro 2021 now costs Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 85,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 99,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 1,13,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.