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Apple iPad Pro 5 Tablet 2021

MSRP 799 USDNEX score 87%

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Product Overview

The 2021 iPad Pro joins the two MacBook models unveiled last year in adopting the new M1 chip with 8 GPU cores and 8 CPU cores. Available in two sizes, the 12.9-inch model further adds an iPad-first mini LED IPS display with 2596 local dimming zones for exceptional HDR viewing.
Apple claims that the M1 chip in the new iPad Pro is up to 50% faster in CPU performance than the A12Z Bionic found in last year's model, while GPU performance sees a 40% improvement.
Also new to iPad Pro is optional 5G connectivity that affords the user always-connected mobile computing.
Like always, Apple updated the Magic Keyboard with the new iPad Pro.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful 12.9-inch display
  • M1 processor is a huge improvement over last year's iPad
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb picture quality
  • Superb display
  • Great display
  • Great performance
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Superb battery life
Cons
  • No Touch ID support
  • No storage expandability
  • No true external display support
  • No multi-window support
  • No 5G support
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Specifications

Variants:
11"
12.9"

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x Smart Connector + 1x Magnetic connector
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 + optional 5G cellular

Construction

11"Battery | Capacity
28.65 Wh
12.9"Battery | Capacity
40.88 Wh
Camera | Front
12MP Ultra Wide camera, 122° field of view ƒ/2.4 aperture
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and 125° field of view
Camera | Rear | Wide
12MP, ƒ/1.8
Colors
Silver, Space Gray
Microphone
5x microphones
Speakers
4x speakers

Dimensions

11"Size | Depth
0.23 inch / 5.9 mm
12.9"Size | Depth
0.25 inch / 6.4 mm
11"Size | Height
9.74 inches / 247.6 mm
12.9"Size | Height
11.04 inches / 280.6 mm
11"Size | Width
7.02 inches / 178.5 mm
12.9"Size | Width
8.46 inches / 214.9 mm
11"Weight
1.03 pounds / 466 grams WiFi | 1.04 pounds / 470 grams WiFi + cellular
12.9"Weight
1.5 pounds / 682 grams WiFi | 1.51 pounds / 685 grams WiFi + cellular

Display

Brightness
600 nits
11"Display Backlight
LED
12.9"Display Backlight
Mini LED, 2596 full-array LED local dimming zones
Display Diagonal
11 or 12.9 inch
Display Type
IPS
Pixel Density
264 ppi
11"Resolution
2388 x 1668
12.9"Resolution
2732 x 2048

Function

Chipset
Apple M1 chip
GPS
Cellular model only
Graphics
8-core GPU
12.9"HDR
1600 nits peak brightness (HDR)
Operating System
IPadOS 14.5
Processor
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency core
Sensor
Face ID, LiDAR Scanner, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer, Ambient light sensor
SIM
Optional 5G Nano SIM or eSIM
Video Recording | Front
FHD 60fps
Video Recording | Rear
4K 60fps / FHD 240fps

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 10 h
Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB
Power Supply
20 W
Storage
Up to 2 TB

Production

Accessory
Apple Pencil (1st gen)
Debut
2021-04-20

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found the following***:
Apple claims this iPad Pro is 50 percent faster than its predecessor. Geekbench results are 51.6 percent better in the single-core test and a whopping 61 percent better for multicore. At release, the 2021 iPad Pro will run iPadOS 14.5. Despite a few design quibbles, it's generally a delight to use.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredible performance improvements in the M1 and M1 Mini
  • Excellent software support
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No HDR support

ndtv[2]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
The 2021 iPad Pro (11-inch) can be used as a laptop, but the M1 MacBook Air is still the more sensible choice. The iPad Pro line has always had best-in-class Apple SoCs but have also always been held back by iPadOS and iPad apps. It doesn't seem that iPadOS 15 will bring any major changes in the way you use an iPad or the kind of apps you can get. For most people, I think the power of Apple's SoC is the best option.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • M1 SoC is a huge improvement over the 12.9-inch model
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No full multitasking or file system access
  • No external monitor support

gizmodo[3]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The new iPad Pro has the potential to be a powerful machine for creative professionals. There are no iPad versions of Adobe Audition or Avid Pro Tools, two of the essential digital audio workstations. There's not even a full-featured version of Logic Pro, Apple's own audio editor, for iPad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Very good performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No iPadOS support
  • No full-featured version of Logic Pro

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
On the iPad Pro, you'll get Apple's iPadOS, which has so far stuck pretty close to iOS. There have been some updates, like improved multitasking, but in general, if you've used an iPhone, you've pretty much used an iPad. It's possible that we'll hear more about iPadOS at the upcoming WWDC, and if we don't, rest assured that iPadOS still offers the best tablet software experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful display
  • M1 chip is a huge improvement
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No water-resistant
  • No support for Mac apps

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
In its current state, iPadOS is limited given the power under the hood of this latest tablet. The Liquid Retina XDR display is fantastic, but the benefits over the previous display are limited when you aren't watching HDR content. Apple could bring the iPad Pro closer to parity with Macs when iPadOS 15 arrives.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No 5G support
  • No 4K display

nextpit[6]

Sentiment Score 98%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
iPad Pro 2021 once again comes with a quartet of speakers that offers really excellent audio performance. The main camera of the iPad Pro consists of a 12 MP wide-angle camera, a 10 MP ultra wide- angle camera, and a True Tone Flash. The iPad can record videos in 4K. The new iPad Pro begins visible when performing computationally intensive tasks, which is to be expected.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bigger and lighter than last year's iPad Pro
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent audio performance
Cons
  • More expensive than previous iPad Pro models

notebookcheck[7]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a powerful gaming companion, in our opinion. Not only does it have a 120 Hz display, it also has convincing speakers. The surface temperatures are inconspicuous at all times, and the tablet does not even get lukewarm when subjected to constant load. Apple has not included a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but it sells appropriate USB Type-C adapters.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 120 Hz display
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons
  • No storage expandability

notebookcheck[8]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is, once again, an excellent tablet. Its size, weight, restrictive OS and price continue to render it a niche product. A Mini LED display and the mighty Apple M1 SoC are new this year. The tablet offers outstanding performance, along with decent battery life and temperatures, despite passive cooling.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[9]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
iPad Pro is just as powerful as a Mac, but its operating system keeps it tightly leashed. To justify selling a high-priced tablet with the power of a pro laptop, Apple needs to unshackle the iPad Pro. The iPad Air, at $599, is where the iPad line really shines right now.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Powerful ProMotion and LiDAR
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No true external display support
  • No multi-window support

t3[10]

Sentiment Score 94%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) is the most technologically superior version of the best tablet family. For those who love video, it offers the best screen out there. It's future-proofed thanks to its ridiculous processor. It has a cool new feature that's ideal for video calls. iPadOS is its weakest link in some ways, for those who want to use it for as a real pro machine, at least.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 120Hz screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great speakers
Cons
  • 60Hz screen isn’t great for video calls
  • Magic Keyboard is hideous

techradar[11]

Sentiment Score 93%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Apple has introduced a new XDR display on the larger 12.9-inch model. The M1 processor brings this generation of the iPad Pro up to the same level of performance as the latest M1 Macs. The new iPad Pro has a 28.65-watt-hour battery that Apple claims gives you 10 hours of usage of the Wi-Fi model and nine hours on the 5G model.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Superb display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No Apple Pencil support
  • No 3.5mm jack

techradar[12]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The iPad Pro 2021 has a 12MP rear camera and a 10MP front-facing camera. There's also a time of flight sensor on the rear of the tablet, which is used to depth sensing for portrait mode. Optional accessories include the Apple Pencil 2 as well as a new version of the company's Magic Keyboard. The keyboard is a touch more cramped than a laptop's but it's a good alternative if you can only buy one device.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • New Magic Keyboard is a nice addition
Cons
  • Keyboard is a touch cramped
  • No wireless charging

theverge[13]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
A 256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard costs $1,548. A 256GB MacBook Air with the same processor costs $999. Until I hit the limits of iPadOS (which I hit regularly), I enjoy using an iPad Pro more than I do any other computer.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • The best screen you can get on a portable device
  • Great battery life
  • Great display
Cons
  • No multi-user support
  • No Apple Pencil support

tomsguide[14]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The 11-inch iPad Pro is one of the longest lasting tablets we've ever seen. You can use the iPad Pro 2021 with either the previous Magic Keyboard or the brand-new white model Apple's introduced. Nothing has changed on the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil which is still an excellent (albeit expensive) stylus.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredibly fast performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Great multitasking
Cons
  • No Touch ID support
  • No HDR10+ support

tomsguide[15]

Sentiment Score 95%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 has pretty damn good battery life. The Magic Keyboard for iPad ($349) continues to set the bar for a great external tablet keyboard. The 2nd Gen Apple Pencil ($129) is still a strong stylus, thanks to its easy charging.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 12.9-inch display
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No 4K HDR support
  • No headphone jack

whathifi[16]

Sentiment Score 100%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The iPad Pro 12.9 is a hugely expensive tablet and price is hard to justify for anyone who has no intention of taking advantage of its productivity potential. But it's also the best tablet you can buy for watching movies on. Sound, meanwhile, is great from the speakers, and simply amazing with a pair of AirPods Max cans.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb picture quality
  • Impressive audio performance
  • Superb battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

wired[17]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
Don't get swayed by all the desktop-grade features Apple is waving in your face. This machine still won't feel as reliable as a good ol' laptop. There's just some wonkiness that makes working off of it feel limiting. If you want this to be more like a computer, bring back the headphone jack.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great performance for the price
  • Great battery life
  • 5G connectivity
Cons
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

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