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How does the new iPad Pro 2020 stack up against iPad Pro 2018?

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Apple unveiled its next-generation iPad Pro device that features a new camera system and refreshed specs on Wednesday in an online event. The most notable changes are in an all-new LiDAR scanner, an ultra-wide camera and increased performance owed to the A12Z Bionic chipset.

The devices will be available at the same starting price as the last generation, $799 (INR 71900) for the 11-inch model and $999 (INR 89900) for the 12.9-inch. Preorders are now live, with deliveries set to begin from March 25.

No changes have been made to the 2nd Gen iPad Pro. Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard folio, has received a refresh and a brand new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad — sells for $299 for the 11-inch and $349 for the 12.9-inch — was introduced too.

This article talks about what has changed since the last generation iPad Pro and how it compares with the new release.


The 3rd-gen iPad Pro devices, unveiled in October 2018, brought a major overhaul to Apple’s design language for the Pro models. The new generation builds upon that update by introducing a redesigned camera array — similar to the ones seen on the new iPhones. The device is still available in the same two finishes of Space Grey and Silver.

How does the new iPad Pro 2020 stack up against iPad Pro 2018?
The display technology in the new generation remains unchanged | Source: Apple

Thus, the real experience of using the device is not that much different when compared to the 2018 models.

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With this new generation, will we see a noticeable improvement in performance due to the A12Z Bionic? The answer to this will most likely depend on your workflow. Apple has not provided any raw numbers for the improvements that the A12Z has over the A12X but what they have mentioned are the hardware changes.

How does the new iPad Pro 2020 stack up against iPad Pro 2018?

The A12Z Bionic now has an eight-core GPU compared to the seven-core in the X. It also gets a new thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers. The latter two are likely to help maintain Apple’s claim of 10-hour battery life.


As reported by 9TO5Mac, their study of the latest iOS 13.4 build shows that all new Pro (2020) models will ship with 6GB RAM. In the Pro(2018) case, only the 1TB models included 6GB of RAM. The new generation also one-ups the last in terms of storage. The $799/$999 models now offer 128GB of ROM as base storage compared to 64GB. Other options include 256GB, 512GB and 1TB of storage.


iPads are some of the most portable devices out there globally and to help keep you connected. At the same time, on-the-go, they now include support for WiFi 6 — not available on 2018 models — making it one of the four devices in Apple’s lineup to support this standard. The ultra-wideband U1 chip, introduced with the iPhone 11 series, is also on board the 2020 model.

Correction: iFixit’s teardown of the iPad Pro revealed that the new iPad Pro doesn’t feature the U1 chip.

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Whenever somebody talks about cameras on an iPad, they are usually very dismissive; some even tend to say that it’s an unnecessary feature that can be omitted, and they won’t feel a pinch. But the camera on this device serves a purpose for many users, mainly those whose work includes scanning documents or designers who use it for the AR features.

How does the new iPad Pro 2020 stack up against iPad Pro 2018?
The single 12MP sensor on the 3rd generation

The rear camera on the 2018 models was heavily based on the 12MP sensor from the iPhone XR, but it did not feature OIS. The new system on the 2020 models picks up many things from the iPhone 11 and goes a step further by introducing a LiDAR scanner, but it also does not feature OIS.

The new generation houses a 12MP wide camera and a 10MP ultra-wide lens that allows various perspectives while taking photos or shooting videos.

How does the new iPad Pro 2020 stack up against iPad Pro 2018?
The new LiDAR scanner is set to provide even better AR functionality | Source: Apple

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Should you pick up the 2018 model?

The 3rd-gen iPad Pro is and will be a device ahead of its time. The sheer amount of power that it packs in the thin form factor is quite a feat. With the 2020 models now being available, many sellers will be trying to offload their stocks which means one thing — price cuts. I picked up the 64GB WiFi 2018 model for $674 (before tax) late last year, and do I feel that I’m missing out on much? Not really.

So, if a brand new iPad Pro (2020) seems like a pinch for your pocket and a lower base storage capacity and RAM are not an issue, it’s recommended to keep your eyes out for deals on the 2018 model or picking up a refurbished iPad from Apple.

The new generation seems more like a refresh than a definitive upgrade.

CategoryiPad Pro 2020iPad Pro 2018
Display11/12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion11/12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion
Cameras12MP Wide and 10MPUltra-Wide (No OIS)12MP Wide (No OIS)
ROM128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
RAM6GB on all models4GB/6GB (only on 1TB models)
ConnectivityWiFi 6 supported and U1 ChipNo WiFi 6 support or U1 Chip

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Aryan Surendranath

Aryan Surendranath

Has an interest in technology and video games. When not doing anything related to either of these you will find him with his books, educational or not.