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Apple iPad Pro 11 review

This year's 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 11-inch iPad Pro both have these characteristics; the only major distinction between the two sizes is the type of display used.

The iPad Pro 11 series has always featured the most potent Apple hardware, and in this year’s redesign, it receives the M1 SoC, which has previously demonstrated its ability to outperform Intel CPU in gadgets like the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and most recently, the iMac. The new iPads boast a faster processor, more RAM, a Thunderbolt port, a new Face ID camera, and optional 5G connectivity in addition to a better processor.

This year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 11-inch iPad Pro both have these characteristics; the only major distinction between the two sizes is the type of display used. A new “Liquid Retina XDR” display with mini-LED backlighting and greater brightness and contrast levels is added to the 12.9-inch model, making it perfect for editing and viewing HDR material. Although I was eager to try it, the iPad that Apple supplied me was not the one I will be testing for this review; instead, I will be testing the 11-inch model with its normal “Liquid Retina” LCD panel.

The new Pro models appear to have hardware that could compete with the MacBook Air, despite the fact that iPads cases were not initially intended to replace laptop PCs. Plus, you could theoretically use an iPad Pro as a laptop with add-ons like the Apple Pencil and Magic cheap Keyboard.

Design

The 11-inch iPad Pro from 2021 appears identical to the 2020 version at first glance. There are some minute variations, though. Despite having the same overall dimensions and thickness, the new 11-inch model weighs 5g less (468g vs 473g for the 5G versions of each). The design features an aluminum shell with a matte finish, exposed antenna bands along the flattened sides, and a pill-shaped notch for extra 5G antennas on the right.

Overall, there are four speakers, a Type-C Thunderbolt port, a SIM slot, and four speakers. The Indian cellular versions (A2459) enable a single eSIM and a physical SIM, thus switching between networks while traveling should be easy. However, unlike an iPhone, you cannot actively use both networks (dual-SIM mode). Units marketed support sub-6GHz 5G, while wave 5G is only available on units sold in the US. The iPad Pro’s rear contains three contact pins at the bottom for attaching accessories, a twin camera bump in the top-right corner, and a sizable Apple logo in the middle.

Display

The larger 12.9-inch model and the smaller 11-inch model shared the same display specifications up to 2020. However, Apple has included a new XDR display driven by mini-LED technology for 2021 on the larger 12.9-inch model, which the 11-inch model is missing out on. This is not to imply that the iPad Pro 11-inch’s display is subpar; quite the contrary. Apple’s IPS panel with superb color integrity and Pro-Motion technology, which enables a 120Hz refresh rate for quick and fluid scrolling, is still included. With less delay, the increased refresh rate further enhances the Apple Pencil experience.

Given how important the display is to the tablet experience, we would advise choosing the larger iPad Pro 12.9-inch if you don’t mind its greater size and have the extra money to spare. The larger iPad’s screen is simply gorgeous thanks to its substantially better peak brightness and contrast ratios.

Compatible Keyboard

In fact, it is much faster than necessary to run the now available apps. Although it has a great back camera arrangement, most users hardly ever use it. Additionally, it incorporates features like 5G and LiDAR, whose true utility won’t be understood for several months or years.

If you don’t require Face ID or the enhanced front camera right away, we should generally suggest that you purchase the iPad Air. Though you can afford it, you won’t be let down by the Pro. In fact, it is much faster than necessary to run the now available apps. Although it has a great back camera arrangement, most users hardly ever use it.

Additionally, it incorporates features like 5G and LiDAR, whose true utility won’t be understood for several months or years. If you don’t require Face ID or the enhanced front camera right away, we should generally suggest that you purchase the iPad Air. Though you can afford it, you won’t be let down by the Pro.

Stylus Pen

The second-generation Apple Pencil, which costs an additional $129, is still a fantastic (albeit pricey) stylus. I doodled in the Notes app with almost no delay, and I continue to chuckle as the iPad OS’s Scribble function successfully converts my chicken-scratch handwriting to text.

Software

This is where the upcoming iPadOS 15 comes in. We speculate that Apple will begin bringing macOS apps to the iPad, such as music producer Logic Pro and professional video editor Final Cut Pro. In addition, we expect better multitasking and file management, but these are just unconfirmed speculations from our iPadOS 15 wish list. Will Apple’s iPadOS 15 be the biggest update ever for the iPad or are we in for a disappointment? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Hardware and Performance

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) switches from an iPhone processor to a Mac processor, giving it a ton of headroom for the future and the ability to run the newest apps without experiencing any performance issues. With up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, the current iPad Pro generation performs on par with the fastest M1 Macs. As a result, it basically functions as a high-end computer in tablet form.

Looking at the table above, you can see how absurdly quick the new iPad Pro is. Opening and switching between apps is faster on the M1 processor-equipped tablet than on the majority of PCs available today, as well as on any other tablet. Despite this, the new iPad Pro only slightly outperforms the 2020 model in real-world use. In fact, the new iPad Pros are the only tablets that do so.

Although iPads were not initially designed to replace laptops, the new Pro models appear to have hardware that rivals the MacBook Air. In addition, with accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, one could technically use an iPad Pro as a laptop computer. The question that arises is: should you do it?

Cameras

The 12MP front camera has an FOV of 122° and supports Portrait mode, with blurred backgrounds and lighting effects that can be changed on the fly. For example, by default selfies are taken with “natural light,” but you can switch to “studio light” if you want a brighter face or to “contour light” for more pronounced facial contours.

There is also a “stage light” option, which tries to remove the background instead of blurring it, but it is not perfect, as it produces soft edges around the face and body. In any case, for those who take selfies with their tablet, the iPad Pro 2021’s Portrait mode can be a lot of fun to use.

Battery life

The 28.65 watt-hour battery of this 2021 iPad Pro should provide up to 10 hours of battery life as usual. As long as you don’t use your iPad much, you may easily go two or more days without needing to charge it. This is because iPads have good standby power management.

In any event, this is a fantastic all-day tablet, and as long as you charge it overnight, you don’t need to worry about packing a charger if you’re using it for school. Speaking of chargers, a meter-long USB Type-C charging cable and a 20W power adapter are included in the box. Of course, you can also use your PC or MacBook to charge your iPad, but it will take longer.

Price

There is no getting around the fact that the iPad Pro is very costly. The entry-level variant is priced at £749/$799 and is available through Apple’s website. If you look around, you might be able to find the Pro for a little less money; we’ve listed the best offers right now in the automated price table down below.

But don’t anticipate significant discounts at this early point in the product’s lifespan. There isn’t much to argue in favor of those price tags other than the fact that they are smaller than those of the even more expensive 12.9in Pro.

Conclusion

The 12.9in Pro’s sophisticated XDR display limits our ability to state that it is the second-best iPad Apple has ever produced, but it is still a fantastic tablet. The new iPad 11 Pro for this year is a premium tablet with a luxury price tag, and for most people it will be overkill despite its stunning design and cutting-edge technology and features.

In fact, it is much faster than necessary to run the now available apps. Although it has a great back camera arrangement, most users hardly ever use it. Additionally, it incorporates features like 5G and LiDAR, whose true utility won’t be understood for several months or years. If you don’t require Face ID or the enhanced front camera right away, we should generally suggest that you purchase the iPad Air. Though you can afford it, you won’t be let down by the Pro.

Dian Erwin
Dian Erwin is a writer for Bollyinside, covering topics related to computing, such as laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. Tony spends much too much of his free time on Twitter, reading speculative fiction novels, playing video games, and reading comic books. He also enjoys reading video game manuals.

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