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Apple's premium tablets are comparable to many computers in terms of size and power. In fact, it's capable of performing double-duty as a laptop when paired with the new Magic Keyboard especially, but the original Smart Keyboard Folio as well. This alone makes it worth the upgrade for many people (though the keyboards are sold separately).
Most people who are considering buying an iPad are naturally going to ask, "What more am I getting with the Pro over the other models?" The short answer is beefier specs and more versatility.
The Pro lineup runs on faster hardware than the more budget-minded members of the iPad family, and is designed to be used with Apple peripherals like the Apple Pencil and aforementioned Smart Keyboard and Magic Keyboard (although the 2020 Air and 2019 Mini also support the stylus). If you want the latest and greatest specs and features that Apple tablets can offer, the Pro is the one for you.
Pricing for the 2020 iPad Pro runs from around $799 for the 128GB 11-inch model with Wi-Fi connectivity to as high as $1,649 for the 12.9-inch version with 1TB of storage and Wi-Fi and cellular LTE capabilities. The 2018 iPad Pro models are discontinued on Apple's site, but you can still find occasional deals at Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers for now.
We've rounded up the various iPad Pro tablets you can find online right now across the spectrum of connectivity features and storage capacities and have broken down the basic differences between the models that are currently available.
Updated on 09/22/2020 by Antonio Villas-Boas: Updated 2018 iPad prices and where to find them.
The 2020 iPad Pro models come in two sizes: 11 and 12.9 inches. The 11-inch model starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch one starts at $999. Both of the tablets have impressive sharp Liquid Retina Displays with minimal bezels around the edges. Like the older 2018 models, the new iPad Pro tablets are secured by Face ID and support Apple Pay.
When it comes to processing power, the new iPad Pro tablets rival many laptops, thanks to the Apple's A12Z Bionic processor, a powerful chip Apple designed for the 2020 iPad Pro.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the new iPad Pro is its new camera and mic setup that is optimized for videographers. The tablet has both a 12-megapixel wide- and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera to help you get the perfect shot while filming. It also packs studio‑quality mics and offers four-speaker audio. Apple says you can even set it up with a "multi-camera filmmaking rig."
For augmented reality (AR) applications, Apple added LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) tech to the tablets. LiDAR tech measures how long it takes light to reach an object and reflect back so as to calculate the distance between the tablet and the object. That means you can see more accurately sized and placed digital objects in the real world with AR applications.
If you want to use the new iPad as a laptop, you will have to buy the keyboard accessory separately. However, the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro might just be worth it. It now uses a floating cantilever design so you can angle the iPad Pro like a computer monitor, comes with a trackpad, a backlit Magic Keyboard, and a USB-C port for charging the tablet and keyboard. The iPad Pro works with mice now, too.
For those of you who like to draw, the Apple Pencil is another great accessory you can buy. The new version magnetically attaches to the tablet and charges wirelessly.
*Prices may vary as iPads go on sale.
The 2018 iPad Pro models have an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina touchscreen that has a reduced bezel size so you see smaller black borders and more screen.
The smaller bezels also mean the new 11-inch iPad Pro is the same overall size as the second-generation 10.5-inch model. The 2018 12.9-inch Pro is also smaller than the original 12.9-inch Pro model, thanks to the slim bezel.
Under the hood, the 2018 Pro runs on Apple's eight-core A12X Bionic chipset, and comes with 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of onboard storage.
It also has solid 12-megapixel and 7-megapixel front and rear cameras and a Face ID sensor for secure unlocking. With this, Apple replaced the fingerprint sensor found on previous models, allowing for the reduced bezel size.
Also notable and somewhat controversial was the removal of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. If you plan to use headphones with your Pro, you'll need a pair that is Bluetooth-capable such as the Apple AirPods.
*Prices may vary as iPads go on sale.
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