• New iPad Or iPad Pro?

    New iPad Or iPad Pro?

    With little to no fanfare – as they often do – Apple has recently released the new iPad and iPad mini 4. The first remarkable thing to note about these new offerings is that the 9.7″ model (the same size as the most recent iPad Pro) starts at just $329 for a 32GB model. That’s nearly half the price of the same sized iPad Pro and less than half the price of the larger 12.9″ iPad Pro. The new 8″ iPad Mini 4 starts at just a bit more than that at $399, but it only comes in a 124GB model.

    So, does the massive reduced price come with massively reduced features? Not really. In fact, the new iPad offers almost the exact same features as the larger of the iPad Pros, which was introduced two years ago, as opposed to the 9.7″ iPad Pro introduced last year. The most glaring difference between the iPad and both iPad Pros is that the new iPad is not compatible with either the Apple pencil or the smart keyboard, which are two of the most major advances in iPad technology. So, if you are a graphic designer or just want the option of using an incredibly accurate pencil with your tablet – as opposed to a much less precise stylus – then you most likely want to stick with or spring for the iPad Pro.

    In regards to it’s other features, however, here is a breakdown of the new iPad and iPad mini 4 versus the 2 older iPad Pros:

    SCREEN: For the most part, they all have the same screen architecture, offering an LED backlit Multi-touch screen with a 2048‑by‑1536 resolution with 264 ppi, however the larger iPad Pro actually offers a 2732‑by‑2048 resolution and the iPad mini 4 boasts a stunning 326 ppi. Overall, however, the differences are so minor, you are unlikely to see any difference between any of the displays.

    CHIP: The two iPad Pros boast an A9X third-generation chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture while the new iPad offers the A9 chip, which is still a third-generation chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture. The iPad mini uses the second gen A8 chip. Compared to the A8, the CPU in the iPad is 1.6x faster, with 1.8x faster graphics. In the 9.7″ iPad Pro, the CPU is 1.85x faster and 2.7x faster graphics. The 12.7″ iPad pro offers the speediest chip of all, boasting 1.9x faster processing and 3.1x faster graphics. So, aside from the pencil and the smart keyboard, the processing speed and graphics is where the iPad Pros really shine.

    CAMERA: Both the new iPad and iPad mini 4 offer the same 8MP camera as the older iPad Pro, with the newer 9.7″ iPad Pro offering the most advanced 12MP camera. The 9.7″ iPad Pro also offers a 5MP FaceTime HD camera with a retina flash, with the other three models only offering a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera with no flash. However, almost all of the other features remain the same across all four models.

    VIDEO: The 12.9″ iPad Pro, new iPad and iPad mini all offer 1080p video recording, while the 9.7″ iPad Pro shoots in 4K. Most of the other features are the same across the board.

    AUDIO: The two Pro models offer 4 speaker audio, while the two new iPad models only offer two speakers.

    All in all, feature for feature, there are few differences between the new miniature priced iPad and the hefty priced iPad Pros, with the exception of the ability to use the Apple pencil and smart keyboard. If you don’t use your iPad for professional tasks requiring those features, the new iPad is an excellent tablet for an excellent price.