Apple iPad Pro (4th Generation)

Tackle a wide range of personal and professional tasks with the iPad Pro. Released in March of 2020, this model brings laptop-style speed and power to the lightweight Apple tablet. If you’re looking for a tablet that’s built to handle video editing, animation, or other intensive apps, this speedy tablet is up to the task.

iPad Pro Basics

The iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 12.9 inches and 11 inches. The 12.9-inch model is the fourth generation; the 11-inch model is the second generation. Like other Apple iPad models, it’s available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular models.

iPad Pro (2020) iPad Pro (2018) iPad Air (2019) iPad (10.2-in)
Display Size 12.9 in, 11 in 12.9 in 10.5 in 10.2 in
Max Storage 1TB 1TB 256GB 128GB
Display Liquid Retina Liquid Retina Retina Retina
Chip A12Z Bionic A12X Bionic A12 Bionic A10 Fusion
Cameras Wide, ultra-wide, TrueDepth iSight, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD
Speakers Four Four Stereo Stereo
iPad Pro (2020) iPad Pro (2018) iPad Air (2019) iPad (10.2-in) >Display Size 12.9 in, 11 in 12.9 in 10.5 in 10.2 in Max Storage 1TB 1TB 256GB 128GB Display Liquid Retina Liquid Retina Retina Retina Chip A12Z Bionic A12X Bionic A12 Bionic A10 Fusion Cameras Wide, ultra-wide, TrueDepth iSight, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD Speakers Four Four Stereo Stereo

High-Speed Performance

Edit video or work with three-dimensional models on the iPad Pro. With its A12Z Bionic chip, this model brings serious processing power to the lightweight tablet. The secret is the eight-core graphics processing unit inside the chip. It processes information quickly to give you a smooth, uninterrupted app experience. When you’re switching between apps, the chip prevents lags or freezing.

Do you work with video editing? What about games, photo editing, and video streaming? Since the A12Z Bionic chip is engineered to speed up graphics performance, it improves every interaction. This version of the iPad Pro also features upgraded thermal architecture. To help you move into the future, the iPad Pro also features a Neural Engine. It brings machine learning to the tablet. This allows for some AI to help anticipate needs and improve performance based on the way you use your iPad.

High-Resolution Cameras

Bring the power of facial recognition to your everyday computing with the iPad Pro’s TrueDepth camera. This 7MP camera replaces the FaceTime camera in the previous version of the device. It brings you the power of Apple’s Face ID technology. This means that you can unlock the device simply by looking into the camera. Shopping online? Use Face ID to pay securely for your Apple purchases or anything you buy with Apple Pay. In addition to Touch ID, this feature adds an additional layer of security to your device and your data. Plus, it enables you to turn yourself into an emoji and shoot improved selfies.

On the other side of the iPad Pro, two cameras expand your photography options. Capture high-resolution images with the 12MP wide camera — this camera also records 4K video for high-definition capture. Need to shoot wide-angle photos? A second 10MP camera makes it possible. This camera features a special lens that captures a wider area for landscapes and more. With the Pro camera setup, the iPad enables you to take high-quality photos and videos right from the device.

Upgraded Audio

With five built-in microphones, the fourth-generation iPad Pro gives you the power to do more. Conduct crystal-clear video calls or use the mics to record audio for your own projects. This makes the iPad Pro a great option for sound editing projects and video recording with clear sound.

The iPad Pro comes with four stereo speakers that will adjust their sound output based on the position in which the tablet is held. While all four speakers will output bass, the mid and high frequencies are only emitted by the top two speakers. The tablet uses its built-in gyroscope to determine which of these speakers are currently in the highest position. This allows for stereo separation in sound that is surprising for a device with speakers so close together.

High-Resolution Display

The first thing you’ll notice about the iPad Pro is its display. Both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch models are equipped with a liquid Retina display. The iPad Pro screen also features True Tone technology. This color-balancing feature uses a sensor to monitor the temperature of the light in your room. With that information, it adjusts the colors of the screen to match. Scroll effortlessly on the iPad Pro thanks to the integrated ProMotion technology. This feature works with the display to speed up the refresh rate. If you use the Apple Pencil, ProMotion creates a realistic feel for drawing and note-taking. At the same time, it reduces battery drain for more efficient work.

LiDAR Scanner

Take advantage of augmented reality (AR) apps with the iPad Pro. It’s engineered with a custom-made Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanner. This highly advanced scanner measures the distance between the iPad Pro and an object by tracking reflected light. Then, it communicates that information to the hardware in the device. This allows for accurate 3D renderings of any scanned environment.

Trackpad Support

One of the biggest changes to the fourth-generation iPad Pro is the addition of trackpad support. This version is the first to offer this feature. What does that mean for you? Instead of connecting a wireless mouse and keyboard, you can use a single unit for both functions. This allows the iPad Pro to act like a laptop. To help, Apple also released the backlit Magic Keyboard. A built-in stand holds the iPad Pro in a floating position; you can even adjust the angle for a comfortable viewing experience.

This trackpad support brings familiar Multi-Touch gestures to your iPad Pro. Pinch, zoom, and scroll with one hand. Return to the home screen with a quick swipe, or handle complex typing or editing tasks with easy cursor control. The trackpad communicates with the iPadOS, automatically transforming into the tool you need.

How Does the iPad Pro Compare to Previous Versions of the Apple iPad and iPad Pro?

In comparison to the previous-generation iPad Pro, which was released in 2018, the iPad Pro offers the same display. If you need to run demanding apps, this version offers upgraded technology for faster performance. From ProMotion to the high-speed chip, the fourth-generation iPad Pro has what it takes to handle intense work.

iPad Pro (2020) iPad Pro (2018) iPad Air (2019) iPad (10.2-in)
Display Size 12.9 in, 11 in 12.9 in 10.5 in 10.2 in
Max Weight 1.42 lb. 1.39 lb. 1.02 lb. 1.09 lb.
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 64GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB
Display Liquid Retina with ProMotion, True Tone Liquid Retina with ProMotion, True Tone Retina with True Tone Retina
Performance A12Z Bionic chip, neural engine, M12 coprocessor A12X Bionic chip, neural engine, M12 coprocessor A12 Bionic chip, neural engine, M12 coprocessor A10 Fusion chip with M10 coprocessor
Cameras 12MP Wide, 10MP ultra-wide, 7MP TrueDepth 12MP iSight, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD 8MP back, FaceTime HD
Speakers 4 4 Stereo Stereo
Apple Pencil Support 2nd gen. 2nd gen. 1st gen. 1st gen.
Max Video Recording 4K 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Microphones 5 studio-quality 5 2 2
Sensors Face ID, 3-axis gyro, LiDAR scanner, accelerometer, ambient light, barometer Face ID, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light, barometer Touch ID, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light, barometer Touch ID, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light, barometer
Keyboard Support Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio Smart Keyboard Smart Keyboard Smart Keyboard

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How Does the iPad Pro Compare to Other Tablets?

Some of the other similar tablets on the market are the Microsoft Surface Pro X, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, and the ASUS Transformer Pro T304UA.

iPad Pro (2020) Microsoft Surface Pro X Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 ASUS Transformer Pro T304UA
Display Size 12.9 in, 11 in 13 in 10.5 in 12.6 in
Storage Options 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB or 256GB plus up to 512GB external with a microSD card 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Display Liquid Retina display with ProMotion and True Tone (2732 x 2048) PixelSense display (2880 x 1920) Super AMOLED (2560 x 1600) LED backlit (2880 x 1920)
Processor A12Z Bionic chip, neural engine, M12 coprocessor Microsoft SQ1, 3GHz ARM Qualcomm 855, 1x2.84GHz + 3x2.41GHz + 4x1.78GHz Intel Core i7-7500U, Turbo boost up to 3.5GHz
Sensors Face ID, LiDAR scanner, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, RGB light sensor Gyroscope, acceleration sensor, light sensor
Max Weight 1.42 lb. 1.7 lb. 0.92 lb. 1.79 lb.
Cameras 12MP Wide, 10MP ultra-wide, 7MP TrueDepth 5MP front-facing, 10MP rear-facing 13MP wide, 5MP ultra-wide, 8MP front 8MP, 2MP front-facing
Connections 1 USB-C, 1 nano SIM, Smart connector, magnetic connector 2 USB-C, 1 Surface Connect, 1 nan SIM, 1 Surface Keyboard 1 USB-C, microSD 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI

Does the iPad Pro have more features than you need at the moment? Apple’s other tablets also offer beautiful graphics and easy operation. For something a bit smaller, check out the second-generation iPad Pro 11‑inch. The third-generation iPad Air or the seventh-generation iPad are also good options for internet browsing, video streaming, and more — plus, since both come in silver, space-gray, and gold, they provide opportunities to select a tablet that expresses your personal style.

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