Apple iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Here’s which one to buy

The new iPad Pro 2021 has been launched and in typical iPad fashion, it comes with a number of enhancements, from the new, more powerful M1 chip to the Mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch variant . However, if you bought the iPad Pro last year, is it a good idea to upgrade right now? Here’s a head-to-head comparison to help you.

iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Design

The iPad Pro 2020 and 2021 variants look very similar and come with aluminum construction and either silver or space gray colors. However, the iPad Pro 2021 variant does have some new changes that may not be visible to the eye but are important.

The USB-C port on the new iPad 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 fast storage.

Apart from that, the two iPads are almost identical, 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 compared to 5.89mm).

iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Display

The iPad Pro 2020 features an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of either 2,388 × 1,668 on the 11-inch variant or 2,732 × 2,048 on the 12.9-inch variant. The display has a 1.8 percent reflection and reaches a brightness of up to 600 nits. There are also P3 Wide Color, True Tone and Apple’s ProMotion 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 includes a Mini-LED panel instead of an IPS LCD panel. This allows the larger iPad Pro to provide a much better contrast ratio (million to one), and even higher peak brightness of up to 1,600 nits. The new mini-LED panel features 10,000 small LEDs (compared to just 72 on the older iPad Pro) with over 2,500 local dimming zones. Read more about Mini LEDs at the link below.

iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Specifications, features and battery life

The iPad Pro 2020 features the A12Z Bionic chipset with a neural engine and an M12 motion processor. This allows the older tablet to support the second-generation Apple Pencil and the 2020 Magic Keyboard.

The iPad Pro 2021, however, 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 twice-faster storage access and up to 50 percent CPU performance along with 40 percent faster graphics than the iPad Pro 2020.

Apart from this, the new iPad Pro variants also come with 5G, with support for mmWave in the US. This lets the new tablets have faster data speeds than the older 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 rear dual pixel main camera along with a 10MP secondary ultra-wide camera and a 3D ToF LiDAR scanner that can measure depth with high accuracy. The newer iPad Pro 2021 uses the same rear camera setup, but a new camera setup at the front that opens up some neat video calling possibilities.

The iPad Pro 2021 features a new 12MP ultra-wide front camera with 122-degree FOV (View field). This camera moves to the user during video calls and uses the wider FOV to paddle intelligently around the room in case the user is moving around. Further, the camera also automatically re-adjusts its frame when a second subject enters its wide field, ensuring that both subjects are always visible in the video call, all without the need for interference the user. Apple calls this feature ‘Center Stage’.

Beyond this, the new iPad Pros also uses the processing capability of the new M1 chip to provide better low light performance.

iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Pricing 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 price of the Wi-Fi + cellular variant is 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.