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In April 2021, Apple updated its popular iPad Pro lineup, introducing a faster M1 chip, a Liquid Retina XDR display, a Thunderbolt port, and more, replacing the previous models from March 2020.
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Although the 2020 iPad Pro models have now been discontinued by Apple, it is common to find them available at discounted prices with third-party retailers. Some other users who already have the 2020 iPad Pro may also be considering if it is worth the upgrade to the 2021 model.
Should you consider sticking with or purchasing the older iPad Pro to save money, or do you need the latest model? Our guide answers the question of how to decide which of these two iPad Pros is best for you.
Being only a year apart, the 2020 iPad Pro has more in common with its 2021 successor than it has in contrast, including key features such as the design and rear camera setup.
- Industrial design with flat edges
- Face ID enabled by TrueDepth camera
- Liquid Retina display with 264 ppi, full lamination, oleophobic and anti-reflective coating, P3 Wide Color, and True Tone
- ƒ/1.8 12MP Wide and ƒ/2.4 12MP Ultra Wide rear cameras with LiDAR scanner
- 2x optical zoom out, 5x digital zoom in, brighter True Tone flash, and Smart HDR 3 for photos
- 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, time-lapse video with stabilization, and audio zoom
- TrueDepth front-facing camera with Retina Flash, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Cinematic video stabilization, 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Animoji, and Memoji
- Stereo recording with "studio quality" mics
- Four speaker audio
- "All-day" 10 hour battery life
- Wi‑Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- USB‑C connector
- Compatible with Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
- Available in Silver and Space Gray
Apple's specification breakdown shows that the two iPad Pros share an overwhelming majority of features. Even so, there a number of meaningful differences between the 2020 and 2021 iPad Pros that are worth highlighting, including their display technologies, processors, and front-facing cameras.
2020 iPad Pro
- Liquid Retina LED display with 600 nits max brightness (typical)
- A12Z chip
- Neural Engine
- 6GB RAM
- Storage configurations up to 1TB
- ƒ/2.2 7MP TrueDepth camera
- Smart HDR for photos
- 5.9mm thickness
- 1.04 pounds / 1.41 pounds
2021 iPad Pro
- Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 1,000 nits max full-screen brightness. 1,600 nits peak brightness, and HDR (12.9-inch model only)
- M1 chip
- Next-generation Neural Engine
- 8GB or 16GB RAM
- Storage configurations up to 2TB
- ƒ/2.4 12MP TrueDepth camera with Ultra Wide camera, 2x optical zoom out, and Center Stage
- Smart HDR 3 for photos
- Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
- Thunderbolt / USB 4 port
- 6.4mm thickness (12.9-inch model only)
- 1.03 pounds / 1.5 pounds
Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see what exactly both iPad Pro generations have to offer.
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