The new iPad Pro 2021 has launched and, in typical iPad style, it comes with a number of improvements, from the new and more powerful M1 chip to the Mini-LED display in 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 out.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: design
Both variants of iPad Pro 2020 and 2021 are very similar and come with an aluminum frame and silver or space 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 new iPad’s USB-C port supports Thunderbolt and USB 4 connectivity, allowing users to connect an external display with up to 6K resolution. Users will also be able to connect other Thunderbolt accessories, including high-speed storage.
Beyond that, both iPads are pretty much 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 previous variant (6.4mm vs 5.89mm).
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: display
The iPad Pro 2020 is equipped with an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2,388 × 1,668 in the 11-inch variant or 2,732 × 2,048 in the 12.9-inch variant. The display has a reflectivity of 1.8% and reaches a brightness of up to 600 nits. Apple’s P3 Wide Color, True Tone and ProMotion are also available for crisp color reproduction and smooth video.
The iPad 2021 features the same resolution panel on both size variants. However, the larger 12.9-inch variant now features a Mini-LED panel instead of an IPS LCD panel. This allows the larger iPad Pro to offer 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 features 10,000 tiny LEDs (compared to just 72 on the old iPad Pro) with over 2,500 local dimming zones. Read more about the Mini LEDs in the link below.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: specs, features and battery life
The iPad Pro 2020 features the A12Z Bionic chipset with a neural engine and an M12 motion coprocessor. This allows the older tablet to support 2nd Generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard 2020.
The iPad Pro 2021, on the other hand, features 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 two times faster storage access and up to 50% CPU performance along with 40% faster graphics than the 2020 iPad Pro.
On top of that, the new iPad Pro variants are also equipped with 5G, with support for mmWave in the US. This allows the new tablets to get faster data speeds than the old iPad Pad which is limited to 4G.
Speaking of battery life, the iPad Pro 2020 claims 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 vs iPad Pro 2020: camera
The iPad Pro 2020 features a 12MP dual-pixel primary camera on the back paired with a 10MP ultra-wide secondary camera and a ToF LiDAR 3D scanner capable of measuring depth with high accuracy. The new 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 video calling possibilities.
The iPad Pro 2021 features a new 12MP ultra-wide front camera with a 122-degree FOV (field of view). This camera zooms in on the user during video calls and uses the widest FOV to intelligently pan around the room in case the user moves. In addition, the camera also automatically adjusts its framing when a second subject enters its wide field of view, making sure that both subjects are always visible in the video call, all without requiring user interference. Apple calls this “Center Stage”.
In addition to this, the new iPad Pros also use the processing capabilities of the new M1 chip to deliver better low-light performance.
iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: prices and availability
The 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 is available in India starting at Rs 71,900 for the 128GB Wi-Fi-only 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 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.