The new iPad Pro 2021 is the best tablet in Apple’s lineup and a very good choice for people who need to get work done on the go, whether that means marking up documents while riding public transit or editing video while sitting on their couch.
The updated design, which features an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina XDR display that extends to all four edges of the tablet, is truly impressive. The Magic Keyboard folio accessory accessory delivers one of the best typing experiences I’ve ever had on a tablet. And extra fast processing power makes running multiple apps simultaneously and creating content faster than ever before.
The iPad Pro 2021 is a gorgeous tablet to look at.
The screen is bright, crisp and clear, with little to no visible pixels even when viewing small text. The display also has a very wide color gamut, which means it can show more colors than many other tablets on the market.
This happens thanks to Apple’s P3 Wide Color Gamut display technology that brings out redder hues in particular — if you’re looking for an accurate depiction of nature scenes or landscapes, this feature will be particularly useful.
I don’t recommend the 12.9-inch model if you’re not in need of the extra screen space, because it’s unwieldy to hold and use in one hand.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too large to hold comfortably in one hand, and it doesn’t fit into most bags or backpacks. You can use the Smart Keyboard Folio case with its built-in keyboard, but then you have to carry around an extra piece of gear wherever you go.
The 11-inch iPad Pro has a better balance between size and usability than the 12.9-inch model—it’s easy enough to hold and work with that I can easily imagine myself using it as my daily driver, but it still feels like a robust device that could take some drops without breaking (though this isn’t something we’d recommend testing).
If you’ve been debating getting either size of iPad Pro 2021 and find yourself leaning toward the larger option because of your hands’ willingness (or lack thereof) to stretch beyond what’s comfortable for them, definitely reconsider before committing yourself by buying one: there are plenty of other options out there for people who want more screen real estate without needing their device as much as they need their laptop computer or desktop computer at home–and those devices cost way less than either option from Apple does!
There’s no longer a home button with Touch ID; instead, the front has a rectangular TrueDepth camera array.
The iPad Pro 2021’s front is a rectangular TrueDepth camera array that’s not the home button or Touch ID sensor. This means that you’ll have to wake up your iPad by tapping on the screen, which can be irritating when you’re already holding it.
As with previous iPads, the new USB-C port on the bottom doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3 or 4, but it does support USB 3 speeds, which is an upgrade from the older connector.
USB-C is quickly becoming the standard for ports on Apple devices and other laptops and phones. It’s backwards compatible with older connectors, so you can plug in your old cables and accessories without any trouble.
The standard also means that you’ll have no trouble finding cables or dongles if you want to use your iPad Pro 2021 as a desktop computer (or connect it to other kinds of peripherals).
There are no ports for power or accessories on top or on either side of the iPad Pro 2021 — just smooth glass and aluminum.
One of the biggest design changes to the new iPad Pro is that it doesn’t have ports for power or accessories on top or on either side of the iPad Pro — just smooth glass and aluminum. The USB-C port is on the bottom.
There’s no headphone jack, nor are there any Smart Connector pins to accommodate a keyboard, smart cover or Apple Pencil (which now has a magnetized attachment). This means you’ll need an adapter if you want to use any of these accessories with your new iPad Pro — which might sound like a hassle but Apple sells them all in one little package called “MD826ZM/A” for $29.
It also means that if you lose your charger cord (or break it) then you’re out of luck unless you have another spare lying around somewhere — or invest in third party options like Anker’s PowerPort Lite ($20) or Rocketek’s RKM MC1K Wireless Charger ($23).
The 11-inch model weighs 1.03 pounds, while the 12.9-inch model tips the scales at 1.41 pounds, which is lighter than what it weighed last year.
That’s pretty surprising considering how much bigger and more powerful this year’s iPad Pro is compared to last year’s model — it has a larger display (with slimmer bezels), faster processor and better cameras — all without losing any of its portability or battery life.
The smaller iPad Pro 2021 fits easily in a bag or backpack and can be used comfortably by most people while holding it in one hand — they’ll be able to use their thumb to reach almost everything on the screen without shifting their grip much.
You can use the smaller iPad Pro comfortably with one hand — it’s light and easy to hold, and you’ll be able to use your thumb to reach almost everything on the screen without shifting your grip much.
You can hold it in either landscape or portrait orientation, although you may find that some apps don’t work as well in landscape mode (or vice versa).
If you want more detailed control over what’s on screen while holding it in portrait orientation, try putting your other hand under the back of the iPad Pro; this will give you more leverage as well as help keep it steady if there are any vibrations or shaking while you’re working with an app like GarageBand or Apple Pencil.
Apple says you’ll get 10 hours of battery life from each iPad Pro — about par for a modern tablet — and that time can be extended by about an hour by using Low Power Mode.
The iPad Pro 2021 ‘s battery will also charge faster than before, according to Apple: up to 60% capacity in 30 minutes, up from 50% previously.
You’ll likely still want to use a power adapter instead of relying on your laptop charger and USB-C cable, though; Apple doesn’t specify what kind of wall wart it supplies with this device (if any), so we’re not certain if it’s fast enough to replenish the full charge overnight or not.
With the new iPad Pro, I feel like Apple has finally made a device that’s truly ready for professional use. That’s thanks to the combination of its fast processor, which outperforms even the latest MacBook Airs, and the optional M1 chip inside those laptops; combined with the Magic Keyboard and second-generation Pencil, it’s an incredible productivity machine.