Apple has just launched its new iPad Pro with the latest M1 chip. But how does it compare with the iPad Pro 2020 and what’s new apart from the chipset? Is it worth the upgrade and how does Apple’s chipset enhance the overall performance? Let’s find out!
The moment you have a look at the iPad, there is no noticeable difference in the feel and look of the device. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models are very identical to the previous generation. In terms of display resolution, both the size options have the exact same resolution of 2388 x 1668 for the 11-inch and 2732 x 2048 pixels for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Also in both the iPad’s, the pixel density is 264 PPI with the peak brightness at 1000 nits. Both the models come with True Tone, P3 Wide Color, ProMotion (120 Hz), and Anti-reflective coating.
However, the 12.9-inch 2021 model also has the Liquid Retina Display XDR. The display has about 10,000 mini-LEDs that can offer 2500 local dimming zones by making use of the Liquid Retina Display XDR.
Body And Battery Life
The moment you will look at the two last year and this year’s iPad Pro, it’s nearly impossible to find any difference. The 11-inch iPad Pro as well as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from the previous as well as the newer generation measures exactly the same. The 11-inch iPad Pro measures 247.6 x 178.5 mm while the 12.9-inch model measures 280.6 x 214.9 mm.
Although there is a slight difference in the 12.9-inch 2021 and 2020 model of iPad Pro. The newer device is marginally thicker and weighs more than the 2020 version of the iPad Pro. The new model has a thickness of 6.4mm and weighs 682-685 grams as compared to the 5.9 mm thick and 641-643 grams weight of the 2020 iPad Pro. The major reason for this difference is said to be the presence of the Liquid Retina Display XDR in the 12.9-inch variant of the 2021 iPad Pro.
In terms of battery, there is no difference at all in the battery performance in the previous and new generation of the iPad Pro. The device is claimed to last for up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi or watching a video by Apple.
The major difference between the last years and this year’s iPad is the presence of the M1 chip. Apple claims the new M1 chip helps the iPad perform 50% faster CPU performance and 40% faster GPU performance. Also, the storage is claimed to be 2x faster than the previous generation device.
There are also other performance improvements on the iPad Pro such as the option of up to 2 TB storage variant and up to 16 GB of RAM unlike the 6 GB available till last year. The new iPad Pro also has Thunderbolt and 5G compatibility both of which were not present in the last year’s iPad Pro.
The not much talked about aspect of an iPad is the Camera setup. And Apple has worked on it to make it more relevant than before. The camera setup on the back is pretty much the same with few changes in the software for better image processing with the help of the M1 Chip.
But the major upgrade takes place on the front-facing camera. The front camera on the iPad Pro 2021 comes with a 12-MegaPixel TrueDepth ultra-wide lens. The lens also makes use of Center Stage auto-tracking to further enhance the pictures and videos.
Coming to the pricing of the iPad Pro, there is an increase in the cost for the latest generation iPad Pro.
The 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 was priced starting at Rs. 71,990 for the WiFi model while the WiFi + cellular model was available in India starting at Rs. 85,990. Also, 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 will be available in India at the same starting price.
However, In terms of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 2020 edition was priced starting at Rs. 89,900 for the WiFi model while the price is starting at Rs. 1,03,900 for the WiFi + cellular model. The 2021 edition of the iPad Pro was been priced in India starting at Rs. 1,13,900.
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