I use a lot of devices all year round, which has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you can wear the latest technology more or less all year round. On the flip side, it’s a constant movement, if you will, a nomadic lifestyle of your data from one device to another, regardless of how much the cloud might or might not help you.
With that said, like most of the reviewers, I have a personal daily driver who is a favorite, if you will, that will remain the primary device for its entire life cycle. It could be a device that I checked, or it could be a verification device, or, like my iPad Pro, a device that I personally purchased for personal use. The iPad Pro is my main personal tablet.
I bought it in October 2020, around the time I bought my personal iPhone 12 Pro Max. I knew a refresher was pretty much around the corner, but I just had to fill that void in my home ecosystem.
When a new device, a successor, is announced, I usually get “the itch”. We all know, and as I watched the Apple Spring Loaded event, I looked at my 2020 iPad Pro and said, “No, I will pass.” That’s why I’m not upgrading to the 2021 iPad Pro.
The specification factor
To clarify, I own the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro, Wi-Fi only, 128 GB. Since I only use my tablet within Wi-Fi range (or, in the worst case, bind it to my iPhone), I don’t need a 4G version, let alone a 5G version like the 2021 iPad Pro. That’s right there a point in favor of my current device. Yes, I am aware that there is also a Wi-Fi-only model! Feel free to ignore this point if you want. I have a lot downstairs.
I made a conscious decision to go for the 11-inch model last year because I think the 12.9-inch version is simply too big. Apple introduced a brand new mini LED display for the iPad Pro this year, but only for the larger version. The 11-inch still packs the good old IPS panel, which I’m fine and happy with. Here is one (further) point for keeping my current device.
Never have I ever taken a single picture with the iPad Pro (or any other tablet, except for verification purposes, and even then I huddled). For my personal use, I’m no less interested in the camera improvements on the 2021 iPad Pro, and since I don’t make video calls on the iPad either, I don’t mind the new wide-angle FaceTime camera. I have the iPhone for the 3 FaceTime calls I receive during the year. One more point in favor of my 2020 iPad Pro.
… And here comes the big one that brings it home in favor of my current iPad. The incredible performance of the M1 chip. But wait: How can 1,500 times higher performance and 2 times faster storage (according to Apple data) be an entry in your cons list?
The operating system and the apps factor
The iPad Pro 2021 is just as fast in theory and on paper as the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini (recently the new iMac). That in and of itself is great! But there is one caveat. Nothing (or nothing useful to me) exploits this tremendous power.
It’s like putting a finely tuned supercar engine into a chassis and feeding it low octane fuel, just enough to start but not being able to turn at speeds that deliver torque and power. It’s like crawling in drive mode without an accelerator pedal.
This is something I pointed out in my previous comment when I said I would easily buy the MacBook Air over the 2021 iPad Pro.
Is the 2021 iPad Pro faster than my 2020 iPad Pro? Absolutely! Would I be able to perceive the increase in speed? Probably not. At this point, there is absolutely no need for me to upgrade to the latest iPad. That could change immediately, however, if Apple allows the iPad Pro to run macOS instead of iPadOS (which is a phone operating system in all respects), but that’s another conversation. Then I could run full-fledged Photoshop and Final Cut Pro on it. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Yes, another conversation where Apple is creating a new family of products, turning the iPad Pro into a convertible, pouring it into the iPad Air and MacBook Air segments, and creating its own. However, this is an iPad Pro that I would definitely consider. For now, however, my stance is this: if you don’t have an iPad and are planning on getting one, buy a MacBook Air instead. If you have an iPad Pro 2020, keep it for another year.
But that’s just me and, as always, curious to see what everyone else is thinking. Drop us a comment below and let’s talk about it. My colleague Adam is already getting involved. He also said “passed”. Read his reasons!
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Anton D. Nagy
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