The 2021 iPad Pro lineup is the first to feature Apple’s powerful M1 processor and, for that reason alone, you might think it’s a must-buy. Comparing the 2021 iPad Pro against the 2020 iPad Pro is a much more complicated task than just the processor alone. Sure, the screens are different, but the real question is whether or not you can choose to save a little money with the “old” model or whether the new one is an absolute need for you. Let’s take a look at how to decide which of these two powerhouse iPads are right for you.
Where They Are Similar
The two iPad Pro models might look very different, but they have more in common than you might think. Here’s a quick rundown of the features both iPads share:
- Compatibility with Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio and the Apple Pencil (second generation)
- 10-hour battery life
- FaceID enabled by TrueDepth camera
- Same industrial design identified by flat edges
- Liquid Retina display with 264ppi, True Tone, anti-reflective-coating, etc.
- 4K video recording from 24-60fps and 1080p at 25-60fps, slow-mo video support, time-lapse video with stabilization
- True-Depth front-facing camera with Retina Flash, Portrait Mode, 1080p video recording at 25-60fps, Animoji and Memoji
- Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
That’s just some of the features both the 2021 and 2020 iPad Pro models share. Of course, both are also available in Silver and Space Gray, so color isn’t a factor. IIn the case of the keyboards (some of them, not necessarily the Magic Keyboard) and Apple Pencil, most third-party accessories will work exactly the same for both models. For this, there is no compatibility issue for both models.
Where They Are Different
The display is the part of the device you engage with the most. The 2021 12.9-in iPad Pro adds a Liquid Retina XDR display complete with mini-LED technology. Technical jargon aside, it essentially means you are going to receive improved brightness and contrast. Apple believes the 2021 12.9 model has the best display ever released for an iPad. For anyone who enjoys HDR content, it’s the best choice.
As for the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro, it sports the same Liquid…