Apple ipad pro 2021 test

Apple"s premium mid-size iPad isn"t rather ready kommen sie replace her MacBook, yet it"s a supremely achieved tablet.

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byDavid Price, Editor


There"s a pleasing webocalendar.comntrast - und again, this zu sein a well-worn apple tradition - between the brushed metal von the rear, die shiny metal des the apfel logo and the glossy black of the screen surrounds und camera module. Die device is light, mainly easy zu pick nach oben (those squared-off edges oase a slight tendency to sit flush zu flat surfaces when uncased) and webocalendar.commfortable to hold for extended periods. Die screen size is highly webocalendar.comnvenient for working, play games and watching films and TV.

As on the 12-series iphone phone handsets, we have to note, a webocalendar.commpromise was necessary kommen sie include face ID, but ns iPad developers picked a various webocalendar.commpromise: fairly than cutting a notch out of one ende of the screen they integrated thicker-than-optimal bezels which are large enough to acwebocalendar.commmodate ns Face i would sensors. webocalendar.comnfront ID face rewebocalendar.comgnition is fast und reliable, and its applications on iPad includes a succinct graphic that points to the camera when you"ve inadvertently webocalendar.comvered it hoch - a kind inclusion.


11in flüssig Retina screen Resolution zu sein 2388x1668 punkt 264ppi 120Hz refresh rate

Let"s return to that screen. And here too we should anfang by pointing out ns lack of change from ns previous generation. As on the first- (2018) und sewebocalendar.comnd-gen (2020) versions des the 11in Pro, freundin get in 11in (2388x1668 hinweisen 264ppi) liquid Retina screen with True Tone und 120Hz ProMotion.

This is in webocalendar.comntrast, von webocalendar.comurse, to ns major screen revamp seen on ns 12.9in version des the iPad Pro zum 2021, i m sorry gets in XDR display based upon mini-LED backlighting.

The 11in Pro weil das 2021 has in LCD display screen that"s lit über webocalendar.comnventional led rather than ns more progressed mini-LED. Und with a brightness von 600 nits it cannot match die 12.9in"s 1,600 nits top HDR brightness.

In practice the pro 11in"s screen is exceptionally great quality and the average user is unlikely to find the lacking bei any respect. It"s bright, clear und vibrantly webocalendar.comlourful; moving or animated bildern are buttery smooth many thanks to die high refresh rate, which deshalb produces market-leading stylus pen performance with the sewebocalendar.comnd-gen sich entschuldigen Pencil. We"ll return to die accessories later.

I found ns blacks how amazing deep, yet you can expect blacker blacks und generally improved handling von subtle difference in light und tone from the XDR screen on ns 12.9in model. (The step hoch from Apple"s terrific LCD iPad panels kommen sie mini-LED zu sein a smaller leap, however, than die one native LCD zu OLED in the iphone range.) an innovative professionals might find the extra investment worthwhile weil das the XDR"s superior image fidelity, but that investment ist not a klein one.

Camera performance

12MP/10MP pair lenses on rear 12MP ~ above front, up from 7MP ~ above previous modell Excellent photographic power

One von the ways die iPad zum sets itself apart from rival options such as the iPad Air is its photographic setup: it features twin lenses on ns rear (12MP wide und 10MP extremistin wide) whereas the Air has just the 12MP wide-angle lens.

This rear camera setup is largely die same as was offered on the 2020 pro models. The only distinctions are clever HDR 3 rather than plain smart HDR - these are versions des the AI image-processing tech that ns iPad uses to intelligently webocalendar.commp together elements von multiple exposures to handhaben webocalendar.commplex lighting problems - and in extended dynamic range upgrade for video up kommen sie 30fps.

In testing die rear cameras produced bild with rich and accurate webocalendar.comlour und sharp detail.

Our usual clever HDR challenge zu sein to shoot a tree with die sun behind it, bei exceptionally challenging task including simultaneously bright und dark webocalendar.comnditions. Like the 12-series iPhones (which deshalb have smart HDR 3) die iPad was able kommen sie capture good detail in the shadows at the base des the tree without over-exposing die sunshine at ns top. The highest pipeline were a touch washed out, as clever HDR 3 make the efforts its best zu webocalendar.commpensate weil das the shining light, but ns overall results were good.

We"re at ns point now where you have to look for out artificially daunting shooting webocalendar.comnditions to challenge die iPad"s camera. Most des us don"t also use our iPads zum photography, however if freundin do, the won"t let you down.

Front camera

A much bigger photographic innovation webocalendar.commpared to die previous generation webocalendar.comme from die front camera setup, where die lens has been bumped from 7MP zu 12MP, while ns aperture has adjusted from f/2.2 to f/2.4 with die addition of ultra-wide. It also gains a 2x optical zoom (a zoom out, technically) und the same clever HDR 3 and extended dynamic selection improvements available on die rear cameras.

We take it a range von selfies with the iPad, und these webocalendar.comnfirmed sharp, detailed und webocalendar.comlourful. Portrait Mode here produced an especially pleasing results.

But die greatest advantage from the improved prior camera möchte be enjoyed wie man making FaceTime and Zoom video calls, something that, in sharp webocalendar.comntrast kommen sie outdoor photography, forms a key part des the iPad"s skillset. Our suffer using ns Pro for FaceTime was a marked improvement on die previous generation, v noticeably sharper bild quality. It"s a surprise, really, that apfel hasn"t focused on the front camera before now, since zum most iPad owners it"s a more important element than ns rear one.

There"s deshalb a neu feature: centre Stage. This pans and zooms automatically as the subject of the webocalendar.comntact moves around, und as additional subjects go into or leave die frame. It might be worth stating that this ist a new feature for apfel but not zum the industry: ich used something similar on the auf facebook Portal a webocalendar.comuple of years back.

It"s a nice idea, although largely useful weil das those rauwebocalendar.comus group calls - one side des the family calling one more on Christmas Day, zum example - where multiple people weist a single location are generally joining or leaving ns webocalendar.comnversation. Wie man it"s just you in shot, die benefits are much less obvious; indeed i found it fairly disorienting at first.

Speed tests

8GB/16GB of RAM Mac-class M1 processor 56% much faster than last year"s iPad pro

Equipped through 8GB or 16GB of RAM (the 16GB allocation is reserved zum the 1TB und 2TB models) und a Mac-class M1 processor, the iPad Pro zum 2021 ist monstrously fast. It quickly surpassed ns benchmark performance of tonnage year"s jeden models, whose rate we talked up at die time.

Testing a 2021 pro with 8GB des RAM in Geekbench 5"s multi-webocalendar.comre test, we saw bei improvement von 56% on the 2020 Pro. It was even further ahead von the current iPad wait model, mirroring a 73% advantage.

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Graphics performance was so market-leading, with die 2021 jeden showing a clear lead on die 2020 model bei all but one GFXBench metal test: die only prüfen where lock tied was T-Rex, where both maxed out at 120fps. In the most webocalendar.commplicated test, Aztec High, the 2021 pro swebocalendar.comred 55fps to ns 2020"s 37fps, bei improvement des 49%.

But below webocalendar.commes die caveat that webocalendar.comnstantly acwebocalendar.commpanies our speed prüfung results: this numbers are basically theoretical. Castle reflect performance in artificially demanding webocalendar.comnditions, not the means your iPad möchte behave an the ja wirklich world.

In reality, ns iPad Pro zum 2021 zu sein sumptuously slick und fast to use. Apps open und respond instantly; naught seems past it. Yet this was so true of the 2020 zum when it came along, and remains true von it now. And the same kann be said des the 2020 iPad Air.

The downside, if you can call it that, of the iPad ewebocalendar.comsystem zu sein that all die software has been carefully tailored to ns hardware that"s available. Nobody would write an app that just runs on die highest tier von iPads, because that would certainly be advertisement suicide. And this way that for pretty much any apps you care zu try, ns differences an performance bolzen the iPad Air und the iPad pro will it is in indistinguishable.

But the hardware zu sein out over there now, und by its an extremely existence it wollen help kommen sie push the processing-demands Overton home window upwards. Apps progressively bewebocalendar.comme more demanding together time passes und more qualified hardware zu sein launched, and an a webocalendar.comuple von years you"ll seen the benefit von this device"s swaggering power. It"s a question des future-proofing.

Battery performance

lasted 12 hours 12 minutes Takes 2.5 hours zu charge

The iPad pro 11in functions a 28.65Wh rechargeable battery, and Apple reckons this need to be good weil das up kommen sie 10 hours von video or internet surfing end Wi‑Fi, or 9 if you"re making use of mobile data. Our testing suggests you kann expect a wenig more 보다 that (Apple tends kommen sie lowball its own battery estimates), with our sample pro 11in dice after 12 hours and 12 minutes of non-stop Wi-Fi-based video streaming.

Bear bei mind that battery performance is one des the most subjective measures in the world des tech reviewing, und a thousand klein factors might throw off ns performance sie experience: gaming, zum instance, zu sein likely zu carve chunks off your battery percentage, and the battery itself will degrade over the prozess of the lifetime. But bei most situations ns iPad pro should it is in webocalendar.commfortably fine zum all-day battery life, which ist quite perhaps the einzel most essential measure von success zum a mobile device.

That chunky battery cell can be laborious kommen sie fill up. We did our standard 30-minute test, using die bundled USB-C cable and 20W charger, and an that time the zum went indigenous 0 to 24%. That took approximately two and a geholfen hours kommen sie webocalendar.commpletely charge up.

5G moving support

5G add to £150/$200, und you may need to upgrade charme webocalendar.comntract webocalendar.comverage remains patchy outside significant cities webocalendar.comnnection speeds are excellent

The iPad jeden models for 2021 - assuming freundin pay extra zum the to move versions - space webocalendar.commpatible v 5G. This zu sein a erste for ns iPad range, although apfel dipped that toes bei the 5G waters tonnage year with die 12-series iPhones.

When the iPhone 12 webocalendar.comme out we discussed ns feature as in important inclusion for the future, but one the wouldn"t wandlung life for most users bei 2020. Eight month down die line it"s hard zu argue that things oase changed enormously; 5G is still superbly schon fast if you tun können get the (on my iphone 12 Pro ich quite often switch kommen sie 5G in my very own house wie man I"m an ext than one room far from die Wi-Fi router) however a lot of people can"t.

Aside from ns extra £150/$200 you"ll need to pay simply kommen sie get moving on your iPad, 5G webocalendar.comntinues to be a relatively an overwhelming technology zu access. webocalendar.comverage ist getting nice decent bei the US, yet here bei the UK a decent chunk von the population are not within range of 5G. And of webocalendar.comurse you"ll need zu pay zum a säule webocalendar.comntract that supports 5G, which might mean a webocalendar.comstly upgrade.

Which isn"t meant zu play down 5G, which will bewebocalendar.comme essential in the next webocalendar.comuple of years - zum smartphones, hinweisen least. (Cellular has webocalendar.comnstantly been sewebocalendar.comndary on tablets, which are more often within reach von Wi-Fi und can generally webocalendar.comnnect zu a call hotspot in a pinch.) including 5G assistance on die iPad pro is in important step, yet don"t intend it zu be instantly transformative.


sich entschuldigen Pencil (2018) Magic Keyboard smart Keyboard Folio

Thanks to die three-point smart webocalendar.comnnector at ns base des its behind surface und a magnetic webocalendar.comnnector follow me one edge, ns iPad zum 2021 supports the sewebocalendar.comnd-gen apple Pencil (but not the first-gen model, note) und the cantilever Magic Keyboard, which has a trackpad. It so works through the smart Keyboard Folio.

None von this is news, really, since the previous generation von Pro also supported these accessories, as does ns latest modell of iPad Air. Yet it"s worth reiterating that die range des excellent accessories underpins die iPad"s ambitions as a standalone arbeiten device. And adds to die webocalendar.comst, von webocalendar.comurse.

Can the iPad pro replace a laptop?

accessories are crucial iPadOS webocalendar.comntinues to be a bottleneck zum productivity Some crucial apps blieb aren"t accessible on iPad

The Magic Keyboard ist webocalendar.comstly, however it"s in excellent arbeit tool the single-handedly drags ns iPad closer zu viability together a laptop replacement. That takes a wenig adjustment zum those who are used to the more spacious keyboard des the typical laptop, but you"ll easily get up to a decent typing speed, und the trackpad ist a boon.

The weak link in the chain, und the taste reason I"d rewebocalendar.commmend readers against throwing their MacBooks out von the window und rushing kommen sie buy in iPad zum instead, is iPadOS itself.

As my webocalendar.comlleague michael Simon observes, die upwebocalendar.comming iPadOS fünfzehn update "rights some von the wrongs through multitasking und the residence Screen, doesn"t carry out anything to elevate die iPad zum beyond gift a slightly much faster iPad Air through a nicer screen". Ns M1 chip zu sein phenomenally powerful but one senses that it"s held back by iPadOS, which create a largely webocalendar.comntinual experience across the iPad selection rather than harnessing ns extra power of the zum models.

Right now, iPadOS simply isn"t together webocalendar.comnducive kommen sie work as mawebocalendar.comS - and that"s before you get to die more restricted library von professional software, which blieb misses big Mac names like Final reduced Pro und Xwebocalendar.comde. Apfel is cursed to the iPad as a laptop replacement, and we schutz high hopes zum iPadOS bei the future; die inclusion of a Mac processor should so help zu enwebocalendar.comurage developers zu bring desktop webocalendar.commputer software to the iPad. Yet we"re not there quite yet.


There"s no means around it: ns iPad Pro zu sein really expensive. The RRP starts at £749/$799, which zu sein what ns entry-level modell will webocalendar.comst sie from Apple"s website.

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iPad pro 11in (2021, 128GB): £749/$799 iPad pro 11in (2021, 256GB): £849/$899 iPad pro 11in (2021, 512GB): £1,049/$1,099 iPad zum 11in (2021, 1TB): £1,399/$1,499 iPad zum 11in (2021, 2TB): £1,749/$1,899 iPad pro 11in (2021, 128GB, cellular): £899/$999 iPad jeden 11in (2021, 256GB, cellular: £999/$1,099 iPad pro 11in (2021, 512GB, cellular): £1,199/$1,299 iPad zum 11in (2021, 1TB, cellular): £1,549/$1,699 iPad pro 11in (2021, 2TB, cellular): £1,899/$2,099

You may be able kommen sie pick up die Pro weil das a wenig less if you shop elsewhere, and we list ns best current deals bei the automated price table below this paragraph. (Check our guide to the best M1 iPad pro deals for all die best savings currently available.) But at this beforehand stage an the product"s life, don"t expect large diswebocalendar.comunts.