The iPad is already beloved for its amazing functionality, but what happens when you upgrade it all? You get the iPad Pro. With an A12Z chip, a dual-camera system, and excellent battery life, the iPad Pro promises excellence. The latest version also comes with a LiDAR scanner, designed to optimize AR features. You can also use the latest, most advanced Apple accessories with the iPad Pro.
The iPad is a fan-favorite Apple device. Now, you can get all the great features of the iPad, just better, with the iPad Pro. With everything from better cameras to a smoother screen, the iPad Pro does not compromise on anything. You'll find yourself using the iPad Pro incessantly once you start thanks to its unique features.
With a thin and portable design on par with the iPad Air — if you get the 11-inch model — the iPad Pro won't be a problem to carry around. Even the 12.9-inch model is very light for its screen size. Both models use an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, making the iPad Pro easy and smooth on the eyes.
When it comes to battery life, you'll get up to 10 hours on the iPad Pro. If you use the cellular version, you'll get up to 9 hours on the iPad Pro using a cellular network. To charge the iPad Pro, Apple has converted to the USB-C cord for the device, and each device comes with a charging cable.
The iPad Pro camera system sees some enormous upgrades for the back and the front. The back camera uses a 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide camera that'll offer fantastic features for some great photography. Meanwhile, the front camera is a 7MP TrueDepth camera, meaning you can use Face ID with the iPad Pro.
There's another lens on the iPad Pro's camera bump, and that's the LiDAR scanner. A particular sensor available only on the iPad Pro so far, the LiDAR scanner optimizes AR features. For Augmented Reality (AR) apps and programs, you'll find that the iPad Pro outperforms all other iPads in this department.
When it comes to processing power, rest assured that the A12Z will take care of your worries. It's one of Apple's most advanced chips and can run all of the iPad Pro's complex processes. It's also specially designed to handle AR features, which works well with the LiDAR scanner.
Now, the iPad Pro improved upon most of the features that made the iPad so great. For those looking for the iPad's smoothness and functionality but want the best performance, the iPad Pro is for you!
Design and Size
The iPad Pro comes in two sizes. The 11-inch screen version measures at 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm and the 12.9” screen version measures at 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm. They weigh 471 grams and 641 grams, respectively. For each version's cellular models, which come with a SIM card tray, the weight increased by 2 grams.
You'll be able to experience stunning visuals with the iPad Pro's edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display. The screen has a resolution of 264 PPI, making it extremely clear.
The iPad Pro has four storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and even 1TB. Meanwhile, if you want to customize color, you can choose between Silver and Space Gray.
The iPad Pro has a 10-hour battery life in its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. For the iPad Pros using cellular data networks, its battery life lasts 9 hours. Charging can be done through a USB-C cable.
The battery enhancements give users the option to use the iPad Pro instead of a traditional laptop. With various accessories, users can elevate their experience by drawing and typing on the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro comes with a brand new triple-camera back camera. There is a 12MP Wide camera, a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and a brand-new LiDAR scanner camera. The 12MP Wide camera and 10MP camera have digital zoom up to 5x and image stabilization. With them, you'll be able to take stunning photos.
Both back cameras can also take 4K videos at 60fps, making it a remarkable filming tool. And don't worry about editing, because the A12Z chip, which will be discussed later on, can handle all the 4K video editing you need.
The front camera is a 7MP TrueDepth camera with the Portrait Mode and Effects. It also enables Face ID on the iPad Pro, so you can unlock the device or authenticate yourself using Face ID. The front camera can also take videos at 1080p.
The iPad Pro has a third lens on its back camera bump, which is the LiDAR scanner. This lens enhances AR features, improving their smoothness on-screen. By helping process AR features, the LiDAR scanner opens the door to new iPad Pro possibilities.
The LiDAR scanner is expected to become a mainstay for future iPad Pro models, but it has set a precedent for other Apple devices. For example, the iPhone 12 is rumored to have a 3D scanner, a lens similar to the LiDAR scanner, which will help with AR features.
The iPad Pro comes with the A12Z chip, an upgraded version of the A12 chip used on the iPad Air (2019). The A12Z chip is one of the fastest chips on the market and makes the iPad Pro experience smooth and fluid in loading applications.
With 3D art design, 4K video editing, and multitasking, the iPad Pro processing chip won’t slow down the performance and keep up with users’ needs. It's also been modeled to better handle AR features since the iPad Pro uses the LiDAR scanner.
Compatible with Apple's latest accessories, the iPad Pro works with the Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil. All of these will improve your iPad Pro experience drastically.
The Magic Keyboard looks just like the Macbook Keyboard, and it even has a trackpad. When attached, you'll not only get the full laptop experience, the Magic Keyboard also implements special features that help you maneuver around the iPad Pro.
The Smart Keyboard Folio is a versatile but more straightforward keyboard option. It has a bunch of great keyboard features too, but it doesn't have a trackpad. However, it also acts as a case, protecting your iPad Pro's screen when it's not being used.
The 2nd-generation Apple Pencil helps the iPad Pro the most, especially since iPadOS 14 came out. With features like Scribble, handwriting conversion, and shape recognition, you'll find it way easier to navigate your iPad Pro with a 2nd-generation Apple Pencil on-hand.
iPad Pro (2020) vs. iPad Air (2019)
|iPad Pro (2020) 11-inch*||iPad Air (2019)|
|Price||Starting at $799||Available at authorized resellers|
|Dimensions||247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm||250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm|
|Display||11-inch Liquid Retina||10.5-inch Retina|
|Back Camera||12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide Camera||8MP Wide Camera|
|Front Camera||7MP TrueDepth Camera||7MP FaceTime HD Camera|
|Accessories||Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio and 2nd-gen Apple Pencil||Smart Keyboard and 1st-gen Apple Pencil|
*There's an iPad Pro (2020) 12.9-inch version with different dimensions, display size, and price.
Design and Size
Surprisingly, the iPad Pro is almost as portable and compact as the iPad Air. With very similar widths and length, while also being thinner, the iPad Pro won't be a problem for carrying around.
Despite their similar dimensions, the iPad Pro is 0.5 inches (diagonally) larger than the iPad Air. This is mostly because the iPad Pro uses an edge-to-edge display, giving the screen more room. There is a small notch at the top with the front camera, but it's slim compared to the iPad Air's notch.
One thing the iPad Air has over the iPad Pro is the color options. Whereas the iPad Pro only offers Silver and Space Gray; the iPad Air provides Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.
The iPad Pro has a significantly better camera bump than the iPad Air. With a triple-camera system, the iPad Pro offers much better photography than the iPad Air, which only has a single camera.
The iPad Pro has 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras. With both cameras, you get brighter True Tone flash, Portrait Mode, Smart HDR, and several more camera features that'll help you capture the best pictures. You can also take 4K videos at 60fps on the back camera.
The triple-camera system's final piece is the LiDAR scanner, which admittedly, is not really a camera. However, it's a handy sensor that upgrades and improves AR features for the iPad Pro. If you intend on using AR apps or want to try out the best-of-the-best AR features, the iPad Pro is for you.
Then, for the front camera, you get a 7MP TrueDepth camera. This camera enables you to use Face ID, allowing you to access your device or authenticate actions. You'll also be able to take 1080p videos on the front camera.
The iPad Air's back camera is an 8MP Wide camera, capable of taking good photos. You'll still have plenty of features that'll make for some great pictures. But for high-quality photography and features that'll make your images stunning, get the iPad Pro.
Both devices use versions of the A12 chip, except the iPad Pro uses the A12Z chip. The primary difference is that the A12Z chip can handle AR features better. Especially with the LiDAR scanner in place, the A12Z chip gives the iPad Pro a significant boost in the AR department.
The A12 and A12Z chips still have the Neural Engine, capable of performing 5 trillion operations per second. Either way, you'll be getting a top-notch processing chip that can process almost any task that you throw at it.
Again, if you're looking for the latest tech, the iPad Pro is compatible with Apple's newest accessories. Whether it's keyboards or the Apple Pencil, you'll need the iPad Pro to experience Apple's best.
The iPad Pro is compatible with the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. The Magic Keyboard mimics a classic Macbook keyboard, so it feels just like an Apple laptop. The Smart Keyboard Folio has a great feel to it while also acting as a case for your iPad.
The 2nd-generation Apple Pencil is much more advanced than its predecessor. With iPadOS 14, the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil received a host of upgrades that make it an even more formidable tool. Showcasing features like Scribble, handwriting conversion, shape recognition, and more, the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil a must-have for any iPad Pro user.
The iPad Air is compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard and the 1st-generation Apple Pencil. These are still great accessories that'll help you navigate and use your iPad Air.
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