Apple iPad Pro (2022) vs. iPad Pro (2021) | digital trends

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Another year, another iPad Pro. Yes, Apple’s premium tablet is now in its sixth generation, with the iPad Pro (2022) bringing some notable improvements to the table. This includes the inclusion of the highly powerful M2 chip, which you’ll also find in the latest MacBook Pro. The question is, if you ignore this new processor, is there anything else really significant under the hood of the tablet that makes it worth buying at all? compared to last year’s iPad Pro (2021)?

We’ll answer this question by looking at the specs of each model and comparing how they fare in terms of performance, displays, designs, batteries, cameras, and software. This should clarify which is the best tablet overall, as well as explain whether it’s worth upgrading if you already have last year’s iPad Pro.

Note: This article covers the 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions of each model.

specs

Apple iPad Pro (2022) Apple iPad Pro (2021)
Size 11 in: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm (9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 in)

12.9 in: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm (11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in)

11 in: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm (9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 in)

12.9 in: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm (11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in)

Weight 11 inches: 466 grams (1.03 pounds)

12.9 inches: 682 grams (1.5 pounds)

11 inches: 466 grams (1.03 pounds)

12.9 inches: 682 grams (1.5 pounds)

Screen 11-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD

12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED LCD

11-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD

12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED LCD

screen resolution 11-inch: 1688 x 2388 pixels (265 pixels per inch)

12.9 inches: 2048 x 2732 pixels (265 pixels per inch)

11-inch: 1688 x 2388 pixels (265 pixels per inch)

12.9 inches: 2048 x 2732 pixels (265 pixels per inch)

Operating system iPad OS 16 iPad OS 16
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
MicroSD card slot Nope Nope
Processor apple m2 apple m1
RAM 8GB, 16GB 8GB, 16GB
Camera Dual 12MP 10MP Ultra Wide, LiDAR, Front 12MP Ultra Wide Dual 12MP and 10MP ultrawide, LiDAR, 12MP ultrawide front
Video 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps
bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.3 Bluetooth 5.0
ports USB-C USB-C
fingerprint sensor no, face id no, face id
Waterproof Nope Nope
Drums 11-inch: 7538 mAh, fast charge (18 W)

12.9-inch: 10,758 mAh, fast charge (18 W)

11-inch: 7538 mAh, fast charge (18 W)

12.9-inch: 10,758 mAh, fast charge (18 W)

app market Apple App Store Apple App Store
network support AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon (cellular models only) AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon (cellular models only)
Colors silver, space gray silver, space gray
Price 11-inch: $799+

12.9-inch: $1,099+

11-inch: $799+

12.9-inch: $1,099+

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Review Score News 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design, visualization and durability.

Clearly, Apple is very, very happy with the design of its iPad Pro, as it hasn’t changed its fundamental look in several years. This means the iPad Pro (2022) is nearly identical to its predecessor, with the same edge-to-edge screen and narrow bezels. Both devices are built with aluminum frames and backs, while the dimensions are also identical in the 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions. They also weigh the same, so you’ll have the same level of comfort and ease no matter which model you choose.

We also have no choice but to report that the screens are identical between generations. If you go for the 11-inch version of any iPad, you’ll get a Liquid Retina IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1688 x 2388 pixels (which is equivalent to 265 pixels per inch). If you go for the 12.9-inch version, you’ll get a superior 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED LCD panel that packs 2048 x 2732 pixels (also 265 ppi). Regardless of the size of your model, it will have a 120Hz refresh rate, which will make scrolling and animations very smooth.

Neither tablet is waterproof, so they’re not the most durable. That said, their screens are made with scratch-resistant glass that repels oil and fingerprints, while their aluminum frames obviously don’t crack like glass.

Winner: Tie

Performance, battery life and charging

Apple iPad Pro charging port.

We were surprised when the iPad Pro (2021) arrived with Apple’s M1 chip built in, giving it the kind of power that could handle any kind of task, app, or video game. The iPad Pro (2022) now has the even beefier M2 chip, which Apple says is around 20% faster than the M1. This likely means the newer iPad can handle intensive multitasking more comfortably than the previous model, though most people will find it hard to see a real difference, given how powerful the M1 chip already was. Both devices come with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, giving them more than enough memory to thrive in 2022 and beyond.

In terms of internal storage, both devices start at 128GB as standard, but can go as high as 2TB (for an additional $1,100). Needless to say, this will be more than the vast majority of people need, though the higher-end options mean you can turn your tablet into a laptop in disguise.

It’s also a case of history repeating itself when it comes to batteries. Both models have cells with identical capacities, in the 11 and 12.9-inch versions. Of course, the software (and processor) changes could mean the iPad Pro (2022) battery lasts a bit longer, though we’ll need a full review to confirm that.

For now, this round represents a small win for the new iPad Pro, as its more powerful chip may make it more useful for high-end professional users.

Winner: Apple iPad Pro (2022)

cameras

iPad Pro (2021) cameras.

The new iPad Pro (2022) also has older cameras, with the same dual-lens rear setup as the 2021 model. This means a 12-megapixel main lens and a 10-megapixel ultrawide lens, with a LiDAR sensor for light perception. depth. At the same time, it has a 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera on its front, just like the iPad Pro (2021).

As before, the 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera supports the AI-powered Center Stage feature, allowing for some stunning panoramic selfies. More generally, the rear lenses on both models are very good as far as tablet cameras go, capable of taking great pictures in most normal situations. However, because there is no difference between the two, this round is another draw.

Winner: Tie

Software and updates

An iPad and an external display with Stage Manager on iPadOS 16.

The iPad Pro (2022) will ship with iPadOS 16 right out of the box, bringing some useful new features to the iPad experience. The most notable among these is Stage Manager, which is basically a multitasking tool, allowing users to run up to eight applications at the same time. This makes it ideal for professional and creative users, and while the iPad Pro (2021) currently runs on iPadOS 15, it will receive version 16 once it’s released.

With updates, iPad Pro (2022) may be supported for a year longer than the previous iPad. However, because Apple tends to support its devices for a long time, most users won’t really notice it.

Winner: Tie

Special features

iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
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Yes, there are no real differences between the two iPad Pros when it comes to special features. Both support 5G (if you buy the cellular versions) and both support the new Stage Manager feature as well as the Center Stage camera feature.

They also come with a LiDAR sensor each, allowing use for a variety of augmented reality applications. There’s also Face ID (for unlocking your device and for purchases) and support for the Magic Keyboard accessory, which means you can turn your iPad into a laptop.

Other than that, both are basically high-power, high-reliability tablets.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The iPad Pro (2022) is now available to order from Apple’s website. The 11-inch version starts at $799 and goes up to $2,099 for the 2TB version with 5G. Also, the 12.9-inch version starts at $1,099 and goes up to $2,399 if you add 2TB of memory and cellular support.

The iPad Pro (2021) can no longer be ordered directly from Apple, though we’ve seen it for sale through various retailers (eg Best Buy, Amazon), so you might find it below its price original retailer.

Overall Winner: Apple iPad Pro (2022)

They are almost the same device, but the iPad Pro (2022) wins solely by having the more powerful M2 processor. Otherwise, the two tablets look the same and have the same great screens, internal memory, software, special features, cameras, and batteries. In other words, if you already have last year’s iPad Pro, there really isn’t much need to upgrade. Having said that, the newest iPad is a really fantastic tablet, and while it doesn’t really offer any innovations, it outperforms all other similar devices on the market.

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