iPad Pro 2018 vs iPad Pro 2020: Is It A Worthy Upgrade

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The iPad Pro series has come a long way, with each new release being a step up to its predecessor. Apple has taken it up as a 'challenge' to work on improving this iPad series with minor or major upgrades to each newer version.

Apple has released the Pro 11 (2020) and the Pro 12.9 as upgrades and successors to its iPad Pro 11 (2018) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018). This new release has several updates and features that you most likely expect- like a new chipset.

It also springs up a few surprises you may not expect- like the LiDAR scanner. Let me spare you the boring details and let me give you a picture of how the iPad Pro 2020 ranges compared to the iPad Pro 2018.

  • Both have a gorgeous display

  • Excellent selfie

  • Beautiful design

  • No 3.5 mm audio port

  • They are quite expensive


Although many things have changed for the latest model of the iPad Pro, the design is still quite similar to the 2018 model. The models have the same physical dimensions, the iPad Pro 11 (2018) and the iPad Pro (2020) are 247.6×178.5×5.9mm while the 2018's and 2020s iPad pro12.9 versions are 280.6×214.9×5.9mm.

They have slightly different weights; however, while for the iPad Pro (2020), Wi-fi only version is 471g, the one for the 2018 version is 468g. For the 2020 pro 12.9, wi-fi only version is 641g, and for the 2018 pro12.9, it is 631g

All four slates are space or silver-gray, with neither having a headphone port of 3.5mm.


As you've already noticed, the sizes of the screens remain the same. The pixel densities and resolutions hence remain the same. Both versions also have the same core tech- all models have an up to 120Hz refresh rate.

All models also have the typical maximum 600 nits brightness with a display of wide color quality(P3).


The only major upgrade for the Pro 2020 is its chipset as the slates use an A12Z Bionic chipset that Apple claims to be faster than most processors in the Windows Pc laptops. It is a step up from the A12X chipset in the 2018 models.

The slates on the 2018 models run iPad OS, but the pro-2020 models run on iPad OS 13.4 outside the box also adds trackpad support.

As for the battery, Apple never discloses sizes but claims all four models can last about 10 hours when surfing the net over Wi-Fi or streaming videos, so there's no improvement in battery life.

Final Verdict

Of course, the iPad Pro series are impressive tablets, and while some things might have changed in newer models, many things remain the same. Screen, design, and battery life of the 2020 model is quite similar to its predecessor's.

The only significant difference and upgrade is the new chipset, LiDar scanner, and the extra camera lens; hence, on a sincere note, there is no considerable amount of reason to upgrade to the 2020 model given the high price as well. So the bottom line is unless you sell your iPad because it's broken and get the new one, otherwise your better off keeping your 2018 model and the money.


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