Apple iPad vs. iPad Pro: which tablet is right for you?

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If you look at an iPad and an iPad Pro side by side, you will not notice much difference. The Pro is a little bigger, has slightly thinner bevels, there are some metal points on one edge, and that's it.
With the entry-level Apple-to-iPad update on Tuesday, the two full-size tablets are surprisingly close in both appearance and on the spec sheet. There are some notable differences between them, but if you plan to buy one for casual use, or for a student, as Apple expects, there's not much you miss getting the $ 329 iPad instead of the $ 649 iPad. Pro.
Seriously, if you want an iPad (or, really, any tablet) and you do not have particularly demanding needs, the basic iPad is more than likely the best option for you. This article has finished now. Goodbye.
You should probably save your money
OK, well, I can go into more details: there are some cases where you may want an iPad Pro, which is still clearly superior despite having only some improvements over the standard version. One of those instances is that you do not mind spending $ 300 extra and worshiping the gadgets. Unfortunately, I meet only one of those requirements. And the other instances are a bit more specific.
To know what iPad makes sense to you, let's look at the specifications and then review some of the highlighted differences:

iPad vs. iPad Pro, March 2018


iPad Pro


iPad Pro


9.7 inches

10.5 inches


2048 x 1536

2224 x 1668

Frontal camera

1.2 megapixels

7 megapixels

Rear camera

8 megapixels

12 megapixels with OIS

Styus support



Keyboard stand

Only Bluetooth

Bluetooth or smart connector





32 / 128GB

64/256 / 512GB


1.03 pounds

1.03 pounds


$ 329 / $ 429

$ 649 / $ 799 / $ 999

touch identification

First generation

Second generation

Battery duration

10 hours

10 hours


120Hz refresh rate, True Tone display

Apple did two big things this week to bring the iPad and the iPad Pro closer together. First, it upgraded the processor from the iPad to the A10, the same processor found on the iPhone 7. It's just a bit slower than the A10X processor that's found on the iPad Pro, so you're not missing too much.
Perhaps most importantly, Apple also enabled support for the stylus on the smaller iPad. Previously, it had remained exclusive to the iPad Pro. This means that if you choose a $ 99 Pencil pen, you can use it to browse the iPad, take notes, and draw and draw in a variety of applications with additional pen support.
The Pro screen makes a big difference
But this is where the experience begins to differ between the two tablets: the iPad Pro has a much more beautiful screen in a series of small forms that really add up. The Pro screen has a wider color gamut, an anti-reflective layer and True Tone support (to match the lighting in the room you are in). If you are working with photos or videos, that extra color will matter.
And more importantly, if you are an artist working with the pen, there is another display function that will make a difference: the frequency of update. The Pro has a higher refresh rate than the standard iPad, which means you'll probably feel a little more responsive when you're drawing. To make a general note or scribble, it probably is not worth $ 300 more. But if you're actually planning to use the iPad for professional work, the updated screen could be important.
The other great advantage that Pro has is a smart connector, which allows you to physically join keyboards and keyboards. If you are planning to use an iPad as a laptop replacement, it is a great help, since you will not have to deal with Bluetooth all the time and keep something extra charged. You can connect a cheaper Bluetooth keyboard to the iPad if you wish, but it's probably better for people who do not plan to keep the keyboard connected at all times, since Bluetooth can be a problem.
The iPad Pro has a number of more subtle advantages, too. Your screen feels closer to the glass, which should make using it more pleasant. The front camera is better, which is important if you are going to make many conference calls (so they are probably not students). And the rear camera has optical image stabilization and better autofocus. The speakers should also increase in volume in the Pro.
You can buy two iPads or a single iPad Pro
So, in what cases does it make sense to buy the Pro instead of the entry-level model? Really only if you need any of those specific advantages. If you are an artist who is going to draw a lot, the Pro definitely has an advantage. If you try to replace your laptop with a tablet, the Pro's smart connector will be a great help. And those are really the two clearest circumstances in which you would like to spend the extra money.
That does not mean that the Pro is not the best of the two iPads, it really looks better, but I'll put it this way: you can almost buy two iPads for the cost of a unique iPad Pro. If you enjoy more having two iPads instead of a single iPad with a slightly better screen, maybe you first take a basic level iPad and see how you feel about it.
A final addition: the two iPads may be similar today, but there are many chances that they will not be similar for a long time. There have been rumors that Apple will bring Face ID to iPad Pro, suggesting that the tablet will also have a bit of reprocessing design and a screen with even thinner bezels. That probably will not happen until at least September, but it's something to keep in mind if you're thinking about an iPad Pro and do not need it urgently. I suppose that an iPad like that would be more expensive than $ 649, but it would be much clearer what you will get for the extra money.


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