In March 2018, Apple introduced a new budget tablet iPad with Apple Pencil support worth 25,000 rubles (as standard). Almost half as much (47,000 rubles) compared to the cheapest 10.5-inch iPad Pro (without accounting Apple Pencil) and more than half the price of the 12.9-inch version (59 000 rubles).
The situation in the case of models with support for cellular modules (Cellular) is similar, the difference is 22,000 rubles and 34,000 rubles for 10.5- and 12.9-inch versions of the iPad Pro, respectively. To someone, such an offer may seem beneficial, but it is worth considering other factors before giving preference to the cheapest device.
Displays iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
The difference between the iPad screen and iPad Pro is obvious. The new iPad model received the familiar Retina-display with a diagonal of 9.7 inches and a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels. The 10.5- and 12.9-inch versions of the iPad Pro come with larger screens and higher resolutions. The display resolution of the 10.5-inch version is 2224 × 1668 pixels, 12.9-inch. 2732 × 2048 pixels. Despite the difference in resolution and size, the pixel density in the screens of all three models is the same. 264 ppi.
Unlike the iPad 2018, the iPad Pro line offers a number of additional functions, for example, the ProMotion module, which doubles the screen refresh rate from 60 to 120 frames per second, or True Tone technology, due to which the colors of the display adjust to the surrounding lighting. In addition, the iPad Pro display boasts enhanced color gamut, which provides greater brightness and saturation of the image, as well as the presence of anti-glare coating.
Performance 2018 iPad and iPad Pro
Thanks to the use of the A10 Fusion chip with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz, the performance of the 2018 iPad is significantly higher than the previous models, but still can not be compared with the power of the iPad Pro, which is equipped with a 6-core A10X Fusion microprocessor with a clock frequency of 2.39 GHz. The difference in performance is also due to different amounts of RAM. The iPad 2018 received 2 GB of RAM, while both models of the iPad Pro use 4 GB of RAM. This difference was clearly demonstrated in the results of the Geekbench 4 benchmark: in the single-core test, the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro scored 3908 and 3903 points, respectively, and the iPad score was 3254 points. Consistent with these numbers, the Pro single-core performance is 20% higher than the iPad, although some do not consider this a significant improvement.
In multi-core tests, the performance of the iPad Pro was rated at 9,287 points (version with a diagonal of 12.9 inches) and 9304 (10.5-inch model). At the same time, the new iPad scored 5857 points. A good result compared to other models in the series. Overall, in the multi-core test, the iPad Pro showed better performance by about 58%.
Judging by the results of multi-core and single-core tests, the difference in performance during everyday use of the iPad will not be so noticeable, but if we are talking about multitasking or applications that require as much computing power as possible, iPad Pro continues to be the best option.
Camera and image processing iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
Since the debut of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the lineup has offered improved shooting and image processing capabilities over the iPad. With the release of the iPad 6 (2018), the situation has not changed. The tablet received the same cameras as its predecessors. The gadget is equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera without flash, capable of shooting in 1080p resolution. For comparison, the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are equipped with a 12-megapixel camera with support for optical image stabilization, 4K recording and True Tone Quad-LED flash. The camera also boasts an expanded color range for photos and Live Photos, a six-element lens, HDR support and Focus Pixels technology. In addition, iPad Pro can record slow motion with a resolution of 1080p and a frequency of 120 fps. Or with a resolution of 720p and a frequency of 240 fps. IPad is capable of shooting in Slo-Mo mode at a resolution of 720p and a frequency of 120 fps.
IPad is equipped with a 1.2-megapixel front camera with the ability to record in 720p resolution. The iPad Pro version has more impressive features: a 7-megapixel front camera capable of recording in 1080p resolution and support for automatically enabling HDR when taking pictures.
Speakers, battery, interfaces and colors of the iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
The 2018 iPad is equipped with two stereo speakers located at the bottom of the tablet. In turn, the iPad Pro 4 has stereo speakers located on the top and bottom of the device that automatically adjust the sound output.
Oddly enough, in terms of battery life, the new iPad and iPad Pro do not differ too much. The iPad uses a 32.4 W ,4 h battery, the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display uses 41 W ∙ h, and the 10.5-inch model uses 30.4 W ∙ h. Despite the difference in battery size and display power consumption, Apple claims that all three models can work up to 10 hours on the Internet via Wi-Fi.
Among other things, the iPad Pro is equipped with a Smart Connector, which provides two-way data / power and allows you to connect external accessories to your tablet. In a world where Bluetooth keyboards come with their own batteries, this functionality is less useful than you might expect.
For those who care about the appearance of the device, Apple has provided several color options: “Gray”, “Space Gray”, “Golden”. Rose Gold is available for the 10.5-inch version.
Storage capacity and price of iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
Both lines offer models with different volumes of internal storage, however, the iPad Pro series is still the leader in this aspect.
32 GB Wi-Fi version. 24 990 rubles
128 GB Wi-Fi version. 31 990 rubles
32 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 34 990 rub
128 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 41 990 rubles
10.5-inch iPad Pro
64 GB, Wi-Fi version. 46 990 py
256 GB Wi-Fi version. 58 990 rubles
512 GB Wi-Fi version. 74 990 rubles
64 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 56,990 pyb.
256 GB Wi-FiLTE (4G). 68 990 rub
512 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 84 990 rub
12-inch iPad Pro
64 GB Wi-Fi version. 58 990 py
256 GB Wi-Fi version. 70 990 rubles
512 GB Wi-Fi version. 86 990 rubles
64 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 68,990 pyb.
256 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 80 990 rub
512 GB, Wi-FiLTE (4G). 96 990 rub
For most users, the basic memory capacity of an iPad or iPad Pro will be enough, but if you need more space, but you do not want to use external drives or iCloud, the iPad Pro will be the only option.
Buying the more expensive iPad Pro may be a profitable solution.
If you have enough funds to buy an iPad or iPad Pro, the price is not the only aspect that should be considered when making the final decision. In fact, there are a number of reasons to opt for the iPad Pro, for example, a large screen, high performance, or high-quality front and main cameras, although for most users the iPad’s shooting capabilities will be quite satisfactory. In addition, the ability of modern iPhones to record 4K allows device owners to shoot, and then move it to the iPad and not have to shell out on the more expensive iPad Pro.
Given the introduction of Apple Pencil stylus support in the sixth generation iPad (2018), are the benefits of the iPad Pro worth paying extra money for? Of course, if they are really necessary.
For everyone else, a cheaper iPad will be a good solution, especially for families who now have the opportunity to purchase two iPads for the price of one iPad Pro.