Choosing between Apple’s tablet lineup can be confusing. Your neighbor sports a 11 inch iPad Pro in an iPad Pro 11 inch case. Your room mate has a plain old iPad, and Uncle Billy boasts a 12.9 iPad Pro. What is the difference between an iPad and iPad Pro? Is one inherently better, or are they just different?
The iPad is a great all-purpose device. It’s not cheap, but it is the cheapest of Apple’s lineup, and it provides good value at that price point. If you’re looking for an Apple tablet for internet browsing, messaging, and Youtube, the iPad is your ideal choice. It’s also great for FaceTime, and you can use it for almost anything you might want a tablet for.
What about the Pro? Well, the iPad Pro is a high-powered version of the iPad, and it’s got a pricetag to match. For causal user, the iPad Pro might be overkill. But if you’re looking to do video editing on your tablet, the iPad Pro is a great deal. It’s also the best choice if you want an iPad to serve as your laptop replacement.
Here let’s look at the differences in spec between the two models, so you know what to expect when you make your choice between the two models of iPad.
Apple’s website lists the iPad Pro 12.9 inch (6th generation) at $1099 for the WiFi version, $1299 if you want WiFi + cellular. Those are baseline prices, for 128 GB of space, and you should expect to pay more if you want to increase your storage. The 2 TB version, Apple’s most expensive iPad, sells for $2199.
What about the iPad? The basic iPad (64 GB) is listed at $499 (WiFi) or $599 (WiFi + Cellular) What that means is that you could buy two basic iPads for the price of a iPad Pro. If you need more memory, you can get a 256 GB iPad for $599; just fifty cents more than half the price of a $256 iPad Pro.
Both the iPad Pro (6th generation) and the 10th generation iPad feature a true tone display and 264 ppi resolution. They both have a fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating, and a backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. That’s where the similarity ends. The iPad Pro is brighter (600 nits max for SDR brightness, vs. 500 nits on the iPad). The iPad Pro also features ProMotion technology, a Wide color display, an antireflective coating and a fully laminated display. It’s definitely fancier than the iPad display, but if you’re not a display snob, the basic iPad has everything you need.
Power And Battery
For power and battery, the two iPads are nearly matched. Sure, the iPad does have a more powerful battery, but that is made up for by the faster rate at which it uses electricity. Both iPad Pro (6th gen) and the 10 generation iPad have very similar specs: they promise up to 10 hours surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video, and about 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network (supposing you have a WiFi + Cell version). Both versions of iPad use USB-C to charge via a computer system or a power adaptor.
Pencil And Keyboard Compatibility
Apple’s pencil compatibility rules are a frustration to many; there are two pencils, and they don’t work on the same devices. The iPad Pro (6th generation) is compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, and the iPad works with the 1st generation pencil. Both pencils are equal in functionality and sensitivity; the main difference is the form factor—- thing ergonomics and comfort— as well as the way you charge the device.
The first generation pencil sticks straight out of the bottom of the iPad to charge; the first generation pencil can charge while it lies alongside your iPad Pro. This might seem like a big deal, but the pencil charges so quickly it turns out to be not so much of an issue.
The iPad Pro (6th generation) is compatible with both the magic keyboard and the smart keyboard folio. Keyboard used to be an area where the iPad couldn’t compete, but this year Apple debuted a brand new magic keyboard folio to go with the 10th generation iPad, so you’ll be well covered whichever iPad you go with. https://www.zugucase.com/products/ipad-pro-11-3rd-gen
The inner working and chipset ends up being the biggest difference between the iPad and iPad Pro. The iPad Pro has a Apple M2 chip, the most powerful chip in any tablet. It features a 8 core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, a 10-core GPU, and a 16 core neural engine.
The A14 Bionic chip in the iPad (10th generation) has a 6 core CPU with 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. It has a 4 core CPU and a 16 core neural engine. That’s great for a basic iPad, and will provide enough processing power for almost any casual use you might have for your iPad. But super complex games and video editing? Not so much. For that, you’d be better off spending the extra money and buying an iPad Pro.
What other differences are there between the two tablets? The Pro camera is a bit fancier, though both iPad Pro (6th gen) and iPad (10th gen) have 12 MP cameras and can take 4K video. The iPad Pro has four speaker audio, while the regular iPad is limited to two speaker. And the 10th generation iPad has touch ID in the top button, while the iPad Pro uses Face ID to authenticate users.
Choosing between iPads turns out to be easier than choosing between iPad Pro 11 inch cases: there’s almost sure to be one that’s pretty much ideal for your situation. What is your budget, and how do you intend to use your tablet? When you know that, you’re ready to make your decision. Visit Website