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Apple iPad Pro Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple iPad Pro 4 Tablet (2020)
Neoscore* 85%
  • Great value for money
  • Great performance
  • Long battery life
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Still pricey compared to Android tablets

Summary

The iPad Pro 2020 answers our longstanding request by adding mouse and trackpad support in earnest. The A12Z Bionic SoC inside the iPad Pro isn't much of an upgrade from the A12X Bionic used in the last iPad Pro, but that's fine by us. The iPad Pro's display covers 123% of the sRGB color gamut, making it more vivid than the panels on the Surface Pro 7 (102%) and the category average.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The iPad Pro 2020 comes with iPadOS 13.4 installed. Without a keyboard case, the iPad Pro is a fabulous all-rounder. It's capable of playing beautiful video one minute, and being suitable for some fast emails and basic work tasks the next. The battery lasted about five days with moderate daily use of about two hours. Like the 2018 model, the 2020 iPad Pro sadly does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 11-inch screen
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera
Cons[**]
  • Lidar sensor isn't great for video

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model with 128GB of storage. The standout add-on for the iPad Pro is the Magic Keyboard with trackpad. The iPad Pro 2020 will be remembered as being the first iPad with mouse and trackpad support.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 12.9-inch display
  • Magnetic keyboard with trackpad
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Apple has also improved the cameras and since a few variants of the iPad Pro 2020 are also cheaper than their predecessors, the update looks like a great success at first glance. Aside from the different camera module, there are only a few changes in terms of the case design compared to the predecessor. The iPad Pro 11 2020 ships with iPad OS, which can be found on most of the recent iPads.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 120-Hz display
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB-C port
  • Only 12 months of warranty

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is only usable as a notebook replacement in a limited capacity. For a tablet, the image quality of the iPad Pro is above average. The iPad Pro records at 4K with up to 60 frames per second and the video quality is outstanding. Buyers can attempt to get credit for their old tablet via Apple's trade-in option.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 120-Hz display
  • Fast SoC
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only 12 months of warranty

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Apple's new iPad Pro (starting at $799) isn't a major improvement over the 2018 model. There's been a big change in the iPad experience since then: mouse and trackpad support. Apple's Pencil stylus and approach to augmented reality applications are leaps and bounds beyond the competition.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 12.9-inch design
  • Magnetic keyboard and trackpad support
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the 2018 model

phonearena[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
iPadOS 13.4 officially supports a mouse. The base iPad and the mid-tier iPad Air also support a keyboard and mouse. Apple is pretty open about calling the new (2020) “Your next computer’ The iPad Pro is fantastic — it's powerful, it's smooth, that 120 Hz screen looks gorgeous on a tablet.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120 Hz screen
  • Great keyboard and mouse
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

t3[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The iPad Pro (2020) is the best tablet you can buy right now, if money's no object. The current iPad Pro uses the same design as the 2018 version, though it looks just as sleek and modern now as then. It's a nearly all-screen front, with just a bit of bezel at the edge, with rounded corners that include a matching curve on the screen. The iPad Pro 2021 may release at roughly the same time this year, but at this point that's just rumours.
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Pros[**]
  • Great value for money
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The iPad Pro 2020 is still one of the most powerful tablets on the market. It runs the latest iPadOS 14.5 software, forking off from iOS to provide tablet-specific features like mouse and keyboard support, app multitasking, and operating as an extra screen with the Sidecar feature. The 12.9-inch model started at $999 / £969 / AU$1,649 for 128GB of storage, rising up to $1499 / £1,469 / AU $2,499 for 1TB (all models have 6GB of RAM) The iPad Pro 2021 starts off even pricier, at $1,099 - £999 - for the 128GB model.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 12.9-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the 2021 iPad Pro

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The 2020 iteration of the iPad Pro is essentially a minor spec bump over the 2018 models. Apple has put in a 12-megapixel main wide sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The iPad Pro can shoot 4K video at 24, 30, or 60fps and combined with those microphones.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Long battery life
  • Great camera for video calls
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • LIDAR isn't available yet

wired[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
It's difficult to say whether someone should spend $800 for a tablet during a time when the world is cratering. Apple has shipped a new iPad Pro in the middle of a global pandemic and on the cusp of a spectacular economic downturn. If Apple can somehow maintain its shipping track record, that means there will be new iPads in the future too.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Superfast processor
  • Great cameras
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lidar isn't in a tablet yet

references

1. ^ Apple iPad Pro (2020) review: The definitive tablet. digitaltrends. 2020-04-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2020) review. laptopmag. 2020-04-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Review: Fine-tuning the Flagship. notebookcheck. 2020-05-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple iPad Pro (2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-04-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Apple iPad Pro 2020 Review. phonearena. 2020-04-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) review. techradar. 2021-06-04 Retrieved 2021-06-08.
9. ^ Apple iPad Pro review 2020: small spec bump, big camera bump. theverge. 2020-03-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Review: Apple iPad Pro (2020). wired. 2020-03-24 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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