The new iPad Pro 2021 has been launched and in typical iPad fashion, it comes with a number of improvements, from the new more powerful M1 chip to the Mini LED display on the 12.9-inch variant and more. However, if you bought the iPad Pro last year, is it a good idea to upgrade now? Here is a head-to-head comparison to help you.
iPad Pro 2021 versus iPad Pro 2020: Design
Both the iPad Pro 2020 and 2021 variants look very similar and come with an aluminum construction and either silver or space gray colors. However, the iPad Pro 2021 variant includes some new changes that may not be quickly visible to the naked eye, but are important.
The new iPad’s USB-C port supports Thunderbolt and USB 4 connectivity, enabling users to connect an external display up to 6K resolution. Users will also be able to connect other Thunderbolt accessories including high speed storage.
Other than that, both iPads are almost the same, with the same two size variants (11-inch and 12.9-inch). However, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 is slightly thicker than its older variant (6.4mm versus 5.89mm).
iPad Pro 2021 versus iPad Pro 2020: Screen
The iPad Pro 2020 has an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2,388 × 1,668 at the 11-inch variant or 2,732 × 2,048 at the 12.9-inch variant. The screen has 1.8 percent reflectivity and reaches a brightness of up to 600 nits. There’s also Apple’s P3 Wide Color, True Tone and ProMotion for clear playback color and smooth video.
The iPad 2021 features the same resolution panel in both size variants. However, the larger 12.9-inch variant 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 (million to one), and an even higher peak brightness up to 1,600 nits. The new mini-LED panel contains 10,000 tiny LEDs (compared to just 72 on the older iPad Pro) with more than 2,500 local dark zones. Read more about Mini LED in the link below.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Specifications, features and battery life
The iPad Pro 2020 has the A12Z Bionic chip set with a neural motor and an M12 motion co-processor. This allows the older tablet to support the second-generation Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard 2020.
The iPad Pro 2021 however has the new M1 processor, the same one that powers the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. The new eight-core processor and eight-core GPU offer twice as much storage access and up to 50 percent CPU performance along with 40 percent faster graphics than the iPad Pro 2020.
In addition to this, the new variants of iPad Pro also come with 5G, with support for mmWave in the US. This allows the new tablets to get faster data speeds than the older iPad Pad limited to 4G.
Speaking of battery life, the iPad Pro 2020 requires 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 main 12MP two-pixel camera on the back along with a secondary 10MP ultra-wide camera and a 3D ToF LiDAR scanner that can measure depth with high accuracy. The newer iPad Pro 2021 uses the same camera layout on the back, but there’s a new camera setup on the front that opens up some good options for video calling.
The iPad Pro 2021 features a new 12MP ultra wide front camera with 122-degree FOV (field of view). This camera zooms the user during video calls and uses the wider FOV to intelligently step around the camera if the user is moving. Furthermore, the camera also automatically readjusts its frame when a second subject enters its wide field of view, ensuring that both subjects are visible in the video call at all times, all without requiring the user’s interference. Apple calls this feature ‘Central Stage’.
In addition, the new iPad Pros also use the processing of the new M1 chip to deliver better lightweight performance.
iPad Pro 2021 vs. iPad Pro 2020: Pricing and Availability
The 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 is available in India starting at 71,900 rupees for the only 128 GB network variant. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi + cellular variant is priced at Rs 85,900. The 12.9-inch variant is priced at Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi edition and Rs 1.03,900 for the Wi-Fi + cellular variant.
Meanwhile, the new iPad Pro 2021 starts at 71,900 rupees for the Wi-Fi model and 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.