iPad Pro 2020 Review: Is It Really Your Next Computer?

By | October 12, 2020
iPad Pro 2020 Review: Is It Really Your Next Computer?

Apple’s promo video for this product is called “iPad Pro — Your next computer is not a computer”. Truly, iPad Pro 2020 is the best version of the gadget, and it’s becoming closer to an actual computer. But is it really worth getting?

Design

iPad Pro 2020 comes in two models, 11- and 12.9 inch. The latter feels more massive than the old iPad Pro from 2018, but also lighter. There’s no other change in the appearance, however.

Strong performance

Apple uses the new A12Z Bionic chip for this version. With an 8-core CPU, an 8-core GPU, and more performance controllers and an improved thermal architecture, it really boosts the new iPad Pro’s performance. It’s really good for multitasking and heavy graphic-intensive apps like those for graphic design and video editing. Plus, it won’t heat up too much and has a more efficient battery use.

LiDAR

The new iPad pro has a LiDAR scanner. It’s a remote sensing technology that uses light to interpret depth, location, and position. Though it’s made to support apps that have AR features, there’s still not much difference from the previous version. Apple is probably testing it for future updates.

Trackpad support

You can now use trackpad and mouse with your iPad. The same gestures that work on the iPad screen works as well on the trackpad, making it more convenient for certain games and apps. With this update, the iPad is becoming more like a computer than ever. Until the new iPad keyboard that has a trackpad is available, an external trackpad works just fine.

Improved rear camera

This new version has two rear camera sensors, wide and ultrawide. The photo quality is also more vibrant. One downside is that you still can’t take portrait photos from the rear camera.

Cost

It starts at $799 for the 11-inch model with 128 GB storage. Getting a 12.9-inch model with 128 GB storage, plus an Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will cost almost $2,000. That’s more expensive than a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256 GB storage.

Final Verdict

The 2020 iPad Pro has amazing performance and subtle improvements. However, it’s not very different from its 2018 counterpart, especially in terms of hardware. If you already have the previous version, you won’t miss much. But if it’s been a while since you update your gadget, this new iPad Pro is definitely a worthy investment.

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