The main changes from Apple to the iPad Pro took place in 2018: design, technology and accessories have been significantly improved. They redesigned the iPad Pro, and while some thought the transition to a more industrial design wasn’t the most attractive, it seemed like Apple was bringing some innovations to the range. Two years later, and the new upgrade in the form of the iPad Pro 2020 brings no significant amount. That is ours iPad Pro 2020 review – hands-on.
There’s a new camera with improved depth sensitivity, more performance under the hood, and better studio-quality microphones, but that’s where the changes are. Apple has expanded the primary storage space for the base model to 128 GB without increasing the price. The other major upgrade – the Magic Keyboard with integrated trackpad – will not be available until May, however, and will also be available for older iPad Pro models.
iPad Pro 2020 review – design and display
As you can imagine, the new iPad Pro 2020 is visually almost identical to the iPad Pro 2018 – it has the same industrial design and a wider screen with narrower edges. It’s still not a design we fall in love with because the edges are harder that miss the sleeker lines of the standard iPad 10.2, but it has the same soothing weight and aluminum case that makes you feel like a tablet too get it it’s worth the money.
The four outdoor speakers offer loud sound and good bass – they are not an industry class, but as a tablet for watching movies or playing music at home, we can keep up with a special portable speaker. The screen we tested at 12.9 inches is identical to Apple’s iPad Pro in 2018 – that means the same TrueTone technology, a 120 Hz scrolling display and high-resolution pixel sharpness.
This TrueTone display can reproduce the color quality of the light around you and make it easier on the eyes. In contrast, smooth scrolling makes navigating on the tablet and surfing websites, and social media feeds feel much better. However, the HDR display is still missing, a function that makes the tablet sing when watching movies. It would be a significant upgrade, but it’s a feature that Apple doesn’t yet consider suitable.
iPad Pro 2020 Review – iPad vs. Laptop
As already mentioned, one of the most important upgrades is the Magic Keyboard. This “right” typing experience brings the iPad Pro even closer to a MacBook and raises the question of the extent to which Apple sees the iPad Pro as something different from the MacBook series. However, this keyboard comes with a trackpad that will not be available for a few months. This limits the attractiveness of the new iPad Pro. However, the iPad Pro 2020 is a much better tablet for one simple reason: iPadOS 13.4, which supports trackpads and mice (as you might suspect since the Magic Keyboard now has one).
While you previously had to use the workaround to connect a mouse that came with the launch of iPad OS 12 in 2019 and could be activated in the Accessibility section, the functionality is now fully integrated. The cursor is a small circle that hovers over the screen as you type, instead of a fingerprint that can overload the tablet, and it doesn’t feel intuitive when you type.
Apple also claims that this cursor is not the same as a MacOS pointer because it is a circle that dynamically turns into a normal text cursor when you hover your mouse over text. We used a Magic Trackpad to navigate, a separate device with functions similar to the Magic Keyboard, and the gestures are intuitive: swipe up to move the cursor, two fingers to scroll, three fingers to return home, and so on.
If you’ve ever used a MacBook’s trackpad, you’ll feel right at home. If you’re not used to it yet, mouse support in iPad Pro offers something new and useful. The biggest problem, however, is that many applications still don’t connect seamlessly to the mouse pointer in addition to the ones mentioned above. They are still touch-sensitive programs, and the mouse pointer just feels like a different way to deal with them instead of enhancing the experience.
Processor: A12Z Bionic chipset
Before the launch of the iPad Pro 2020, there was a suspicion that it would only be 1% faster than the previous Apple iPad Pro 2018. The tricky one for most users who want the iPad Pro to be a device that can do this If you are doing “anything” and not just a specific device for professionals who want to edit photos or music on the go, you need to know what that speed brings.
The 2018 iPad Pro was powerful and the new model doesn’t offer much more. We tested it in our benchmark applications and found that only the multi-core score in GeekBench 5 showed a slight improvement.
In the 3DMark Sling Shot app, which increases the tablet’s graphic intensity a bit, we saw that the new A12Z Bionic chipset is a perfect engine. It was better able to display 3D graphics, and in fact the iPad Pro 11 could not meet the benchmark twice before reaching it, albeit with a lower score.
However, the overall experience with the iPad Pro models for 2018 and 2020 was identical: opening and editing photos, surfing the internet and surfing on the tablet were as smooth as possible on both devices, so there was no significant increase in performance unless you are an outstanding power user.
iPad Pro 2020 test camera
Given that the performance increase is quite limited to the latest iPad Pro, the camera is the only other unique feature worth talking about. However, we are not sure if it is such a significant upgrade. There are now two cameras on the back. Thanks to the new ultra wide-angle mode, you can now zoom out and take photos in standard mode. The setup is 10 megapixels (1: 2.4). and 12 megapixels (1: 1.8) – none of the cameras compete with a phone for pure image quality.
The image quality in bright light is excellent, although processing in low light conditions with the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro is no question. This means that darker images, although bright enough, have a lot of grain and workmanship. We’re not a fan of using an iPad as a camera because it’s awkward and can prevent you from what other people are trying to film in a busy environment, but it’s nice to have a large viewfinder to help you find one to make a decent movie move.
We can see how this would benefit professionals – for example, in construction and engineering, or doctors and other health professionals – because you can get a better sense of what you’re breaking. However, the 12.9-inch model we tested was a bit too large to be able to achieve such a cut – and the new LiDAR sensor on the back was also of limited use at that time. We could only use the Measure app, which uses augmented reality to sense the distances of the visible things.
While this was much faster than older models and didn’t require the same calibration process, it was hardly the most impressive showpiece of what the new iPad Pro can do.
We hope to see more apps coming soon that use the new LiDAR sensor and give us a better idea of what the new iPad Pro 2020 can do. At the moment, however, you are getting a camera that can shrink and shoot ultra-wide. Angle photos and not much more.
Price and availability
The new iPad Pro models were announced on March 18. You can order them today from the Apple Online Store. Apple has closed its physical shops for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The actual release date of the iPad Pro 2020 is March 24, according to Apple, although the online store states that the first delivery date in the United States is March 25. Therefore, you may have to wait an extra day to play with your new iPad.
What does the new iPad Pro 2020 cost? It depends on whether you choose an 11-inch or a 12.9-inch model and which storage device you use. There is also the option to include LTE cellular connections, which drives up the price. The price starts at $ 799 and ranges up to $ 1,499.
iPad Pro 2020 review – early judgment
While we haven’t finished our thorough testing of the new iPad Pro 2020, we don’t see much in terms of significant upgrades to Apple’s excellent range of tablets. Performance inside has improved but not massively, and the screen and tablet design is of high quality, but the same as the 2018 model. We’re big fans of the fact that mouse support has landed on the new iPad, but developers need to do more tweaking so users can get the most out of it.
The rear view camera, which uses LiDAR technology on every Apple device for the first time, can still take pretty good photos, but it lacks the night mode that we so much wanted from the iPhone 11.
This is still a gorgeous Apple tablet compared to many others on the market and a reliable option for those who need a more professional device.
- Powerful offal
- Now brings mouse support
- The new LiDAR functionality is limited
- Still can’t keep up with a laptop