All in all, that honestly feels like a downgrade. Pro Motion, true tone flashlight, quad speakers, sleeker design (thinner bezel on the left and right side) and bigger Touch ID (the classic home button).
yep current iPad Air vs Pro is very confusing and annoying. Basically you have to choose one thing over the others. A14 is the latest chip, great performer overall. But 12z has beefier GPU, more RAM, more camera, more features that is nice to have.Not for the display and not for the speakers. I would wait for the next Gen iPad Pros or wait for a Black Friday deal on the 2020 iPad Pro.
Yes, one of the benefits of USB-C and iPadOS.With USB C can a thumb drive be used with air to expand the storage?
I disagree that people are touching the power button anyway. The pro wakes on screen touch, so touch and swipe up. It’s seamless. Same with saved passwords—don’t have to reach up and touch anything. Face ID wins for iPads.It's interesting to me that so many reviewers have commented about how FaceID is a lot better when you're using a Magic Keyboard (or other keyboard). I suspect the majority of tech reviewers/pundits/bloggers/etc. use their iPad Pros with the Magic Keyboard, and the switch to TouchID is a noticeable downgrade for that use case. Meanwhile, I suspect the majority of actual iPad users are using them unattached to a keyboard, so are always pressing the power button anyway.
4) The "sketching is somewhat smoother in the Pro" doesn't fully capture the difference--if Apple's own statements are to be believed, and some real-world tests on YouTube bear this out, there is a significantly lower amount of lag when drawing on the Pro. This might not even be noticeable to some users, but for a pro artist who's sensitive to lag, could be a very significant thing.
iPad Air more than 40% higher in single-core score than iPad Pro!?
As others have pointed out, the Pro at 128GB, a very usable size for many, is only $50 more than the 256GB Air. The things you get for that $50 are huge in my opinion. ProMotion display, FaceID (game changer on a tablet used as a desktop), quad speakers, 6GB of RAM, and LiDAR. Those are easily worth $50. Will you notice the speed difference opening apps with that single core performance difference? No way. The A12X and A12Z both have better multi-core and GPU performance, so gaming will be better on the Pros as well, especially with ProMotion. I just don’t see how the 256GB Air makes sense at all. I think that’s a deliberate pricing strategy by Apple to force users up to the Pro model. I know I certainly would opt for the Pro for $50 extra if I were in the market. Below is a screen shot of benchmarks done on the 2018 iPad Pro vs 2020 iPad Air. Depending on use case, the iPad Pro A12X is still a more powerful processor in 5 out of the 7 tests. makes me wonder just how fast the A14X will be.
That's a different test than the one I saw, but the results are similar--the difference seems very noticeable. I'm not 100% sure how much of it can be credited to the 120Hz screen versus the CPU--it's at least possible that the A14 could close the gap at least partly even without the 120Hz display--but it seems likely that this is going to be substantial.This seems highly underrated and I'd put this at the top advantages, the ProMotion display gives a significant advantage when using the iPad with a pen, so any heavy use for school or drawing it seems to me the Pro easily wins by this alone.
i think I can simplify iPad purchasing decisionThat's a different test than the one I saw, but the results are similar--the difference seems very noticeable. I'm not 100% sure how much of it can be credited to the 120Hz screen versus the CPU--it's at least possible that the A14 could close the gap at least partly even without the 120Hz display--but it seems likely that this is going to be substantial.
And if so, yeah, that's pretty much the decision right there for a pro artist, especially if the price is nearly identical.
I had an iPad 1 (of course, it wasn't called that at the time!). Was still working when I sold it last year - battery was good!If you had an older 9.7” iPad (any models) or iPad Mini, and still think 64GB is great, then the new Air is also a great upgrade
I had an iPad 1 (of course, it wasn't called that at the time!). Was still working when I sold it last year - battery was good!
Would the Air be much of an upgrade?