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Compare the Apple iPad Pro 2020 to the Apple iPad Pro 2018

On 18 March 2020, Apple launched the newest member of the iPad family: the Apple iPad Pro 2020. Thanks to the a dual camera, new LiDAR scanner, and a better processor, Apple's most powerful iPad has become even more powerful. In this article, you can read all about the similarities and the differences between the Apple iPad Pro 2020 and the Apple iPad Pro 2018.

Apple iPad Pro (2020)

128GB storage capacity | 11-inch Liquid Retina screen | iPadOS
889,-
temporarily sold out
  • You can capture a larger image in one photo thanks to the dual camera on the back of the iPad Pro 2020.
  • Thanks to the fast A12Z processor and iPadOS, you can use different programs side by side and multitask all you want.
  • This model has a LiDAR scanner, which allows you to get the most out of augmented reality apps and games.
  • An Apple Pencil 2 isn't included with the Apple iPad Pro by default, so you have to purchase it separately.
  • With this model, you can't use 4G to connect to the internet.

Apple iPad Pro (2018)

11-inch Retina Display | Multitasking up to 4 apps simultaneously | Compatible with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil
899,-
no longer available
  • Thanks to the A12X processor, you can use demanding programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop effortlessly.
  • You can unlock the Apple iPad Pro quickly and securely via FaceID.
  • The USB-C connector allows you to easily connect external devices.
  • An Apple Pencil 2 isn't included with the Apple iPad Pro by default, so you have to purchase it separately.
  • With this model, you can't use 4G to connect to the internet.

Comparison between the Apple iPad Pro 2020 and the Apple iPad Pro 2018

Apple iPad Pro 2020 Apple iPad Pro 2018
Screen 11-inch or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display 11-inch or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display
Processor A12Z Bionic Chip A12X Bionic Chip
Camera (rear) Dual camera with 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, 10-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, and LiDAR scanner Single 12-megapixel camera
Camera (front) TrueDepth 7-megapixel camera TrueDepth 7-megapixel camera
Unlock FaceID FaceID
Colors Space Gray and Silver Space Gray and Silver
Storage capacity 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB

Camera

Apple iPad Pro 2020 camera

iPad Pro 2020: dual camera with LiDAR scanner

The Apple iPad Pro 2020 has a dual camera with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 10-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens. This allows you to capture an even larger image in one photo. This is particularly useful for landscape photography. In addition, the Apple iPad Pro 2020 has a LiDAR scanner. This sensor measures how long it takes for light to reach objects so that you can map the environment in 3D. This is useful for augmented reality games and apps. You can also use the iPad Pro for accurate measurements.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 camera

iPad Pro 2018: single camera

Unlike its successor, the Apple iPad Pro 2018 only has one 12-megapixel camera. You can use this camera to record 4K videos of up to 60 frames per second. You can also take sharp photos with it. Because this model doesn't have an ultra wide-angle lens, it's not as easy to capture a wide landscape. Do you mostly use the camera to take portraits? There isn't much of a difference.

Processor

Apple iPad Pro 2020 processor

iPad Pro 2020: A12Z Bionic chip

To run this new LiDAR sensor, the Apple iPad Pro 2020 also has a new processor. The A12Z Bionic chip has been developed to handle demanding tasks. That means it's even more powerful than its predecessor, the A12X Bionic chip. You can use it to design 3D models and edit 4K videos. In addition, the iPad Pro 2020 has 6GB RAM by default, so you can multitask effortlessly while you perform demanding tasks.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 processor

iPad Pro 2018: A12X Bionic chip

The Apple iPad Pro 2018 has an A12X Bionic chip. While its successor is slightly faster, this chip can easily handle all your demanding apps. You can edit photos and videos effortlessly, play graphically demanding games without lags, and switch between all of your apps smoothly. Thanks to the A12X Bionic chip, the Apple iPad Pro 2018 is still more powerful than a lot of laptops. The Apple iPad Pro 2018 remains a good alternative to a laptop.

Accessories

Apple iPad Pro 2020 Magic Keyboard

iPad Pro 2020: new Magic Keyboard

Together with the Apple iPad Pro 2020, Apple also unveiled the new Magic Keyboard. This keyboard has an integrated trackpad so you can transform your iPad into a full-fledged laptop. The keys are also backlit and use a scissor mechanism. This allows you to type just as comfortably as on a Mac. Other than that, the Apple iPad still supports the Apple Pencil 2, Magic Mouse, and the Smart Keyboard cover.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 Smart Keyboard

iPad Pro 2018: support for all your accessories

Already have an iPad Pro 2018 and did you become enthusiastic about the Magic Keyboard? You're in luck, because it also works with the Apple iPad Pro 2018. You can also use your Apple Pencil 2, Smart Keyboard, and Magic Mouse on this model.

Versions

Apple iPad Pro 2020 versions

iPad Pro 2020: more storage in the basic model

If you want an Apple iPad Pro 2020, you can choose between different versions. The Apple iPad Pro 2020 is available in Space Gray and Silver and with a 11-inch or a 12.9-inch screen size. The basic model has 128GB of storage, which is twice as much as its predecessor. Prefer a little more storage? Choose 256GB, 512GB, or even 1TB storage. All models have WiFi compatibility. Also want to use the Apple iPad Pro 2020 on the go? Choose a version that supports 4G.

Apple iPad Pro 2018 versions

iPad Pro 2018: less storage in the basic model

The Apple iPad Pro 2018 is available in the same versions as its successor, except for one thing. The basic model only has 64GB of storage. Because you often work with large files on your Apple iPad Pro, this can be tight. Luckily, you can also choose versions with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB storage.

Conclusion

The iPad Pro 2020 has a better camera, better processor, and higher storage capacity. You can use it to edit 4K videos, for example. It can easily handle the most demanding apps. On top of that, you're ready for augmented reality thanks to the new LiDAR scanner. Don't need all of that? Choose the iPad Pro 2018.



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