iPad Pro 1 TB battery life

delasonrisa

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So I was wondering whether the 1 TB and with it those 6 GB of RAM do drain the battery more than all other models which "only" have 4 GB of RAM? Anybody out there with some experience on this?
 
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Whoakapi

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More RAM doesn't drain your battery faster. Maybe it feels like it because you can work in apps faster with less reloading/waiting.
 
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delasonrisa

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It actually should since it is a powered component but the amount should be very little - not sure if it would be noticeable to the casual observer.
That's what I thought, too since the RAM can't be 'partially' powered. It's either on or off.
 
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I’ve always heard that more RAM means more power consumption, but say if the iPad is using 2x2GB normally and has 2x3GB modules in the iPad Pro 1TB, maybe not? If they are using the same voltage and not using up extra board space to power it, maybe it’s fine.

I’m not going to worry about it because even if iOS 13 adds a bunch of iPad productivity features it won’t be until iOS 14 or 15 until it’s probably good enough or has enough pro apps to integrate more deeply into my workflow. Now it’s more like a side tool that can get some things done in a pinch, other specific things it can do well, but it’s mostly the best all-around content consumption device ever made. So by iOS 14 or 15 I’ll buy a newer iPad anyway and hopefully by then the RAM crap is sorted. I imagine by then it will come in 128, 512, 1TB and 2TB variants so perhaps the top two will have more RAM like 8GB. I feel like having the top two with more RAM is more reasonable.
 

Eallan

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1TB are collecting dust in Apple Stores, iPads that cost near 2K aren't flying off the shelves
They really aren’t though. As far as I can tell no store (in a whole bunch of states i’ve Looked at) has a 1TB Cellular in stock in either color.
 
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Porterhouse

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They really aren’t though. As far as I can tell no store (in a whole bunch of states i’ve Looked at) has a 1TB Cellular in stock in either color.
It looks as though there are some silver 11 1TB cellular in stock here in Arkansas. But just about everything else in 1TB is gone.
 

Mrbert

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It looks as though there are some silver 11 1TB cellular in stock here in Arkansas. But just about everything else in 1TB is gone.
But tech youtubers and people on the internet told me the iPad Pro 1TB is overpriced, too bendy, and iOS is holding it back. /s

Some people can’t see past their own circumstances. I’m anxiously waiting for my 1TB cellular, I’ll fill it with movies, messages, YouTube/Netflix, my entire picture library, games and still have room to spare for years.
 
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haruhiko

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If you buy the 1TB version for the storage, of course it's fine given that your budget allows. But if you buy the 1TB only for the extra RAM, I don't think it's worth it. You can save at least 1/3 of the price towards the next iPad Pro in a year and half which will definitely have much better performance than the current one.
 

gnomeisland

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Where were you able to find a 1TB? Did you just order one online? They’re out of stock everywhere!
SoHo Apple Store. Admittedly it was the *only* Apple Store in Manhattan that had that model, but they didn't seem to be moving them quickly. I think some Apple Store staff are bigger proponents of the iPad Pro than others. I heard two associates talking a woman out of buying the iPad Pro while I was waiting to buy mine.
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If you buy the 1TB version for the storage, of course it's fine given that your budget allows. But if you buy the 1TB only for the extra RAM, I don't think it's worth it. You can save at least 1/3 of the price towards the next iPad Pro in a year and half which will definitely have much better performance than the current one.
Perhaps. I'm skeptical we'll see another big performance jump next year (or next cycle) because there isn't another process drop and Apple seems to have mastered heterogenous thread management and memory compression. Anecdotally I've seen faster app switching and less refreshing with memory heavy apps like Affinity and Safari. In hindsight I wish I'd kept the 256GB for a couple days to test both side-by-side.
 
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