The iPad Air has long been known to be the best of all worlds. Although still presenting a lower price than the iPad Pro, it had impressive efficiency. However, the iPad Pros and Air looks short no matter how you looke at it.
You’d have to opt for the wider, more costly equipment if you really tried to function like a professional. Yet Apple introduced significant improvements to the iPad Air this year. It’s now one of the best available iPads.
Previously, a class-leading processor, a USB-C connector, and second-generation Apple Pencil support rendered the iPad Pro the clear option for individuals who want a compact tablet without any efficiency sacrifices. But this year, when the business brought the iPad Air a step forward, Apple changed the game.
Now, if you’re staring at an iPad Air 2020, you’ll realize you’re looking at a Pro mini version of some type. The iPad Air this year brings everything that makes the Pro models amazing and more.
And now that you can preorder the Air version, is the iPad Pro 2020 worth purchasing? Or can you opt for the other version that is more reliable and up-to-date, costing $200 less? This is what we’re going to learn.
This year, Apple entirely revamped the Air version. You won’t be able to say the difference between the recently designed iPad Air and Pro at first sight.
On the iPad Air, Apple wanted to ditch the Home button to make the show larger. Maybe you believe this implies that the current version has a Face ID, right? In reality, no. It also has a Contact ID. But Apple transferred it to the Power button instead of the sensor on the front.
Apple is not the first company to place the power button on a fingerprint scanner. However, it’s the first time we’ve seen it on a normal tablet. Sadly, Face ID was also not added by Apple. It would be great to get both features on the same unit, but it would probably have increased the price.
It will also be awesome if Apple introduced this function on more smartphones, as Touch ID is a feature that many people lack on the current iPhone lineup, particularly because when we go out, most of us still cover our faces.
You’ll have to make a decision right now.
You’ll need to use one of the Pro versions if you love Face ID. The latest Contact ID sensor on the Air version, on the other hand, is the first of its kind on any Apple device in that regard. To see if it’s as nice as the one on the Home screen, we do need to see the iPad Air‘s Touch ID in motion.
However, one thing is for sure. The latest iPad Air should be your go-to tablet if you skip this function.
The inclusion of a USB-C port for the first time on the Air version is another improvement you’ll find straight off the bat. This used to be exclusive to the lineup of the iPad Pro, so it was a good pleasure to see that Apple had wanted to introduce it on the Air version. So now, for work-related tasks out of the package, you can actually use the lighter version.
The most critical role on every iPad, by far, is the screen. That’s what you’re going to be watching all the time, so that has to be perfect.
Needless to mention, there are great screens on both versions. And, as you might imagine, the display of the iPad Pro, is much improved, though not by much.
iPad Air 2020 comes with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Monitor with a 2360 by 1640 pixel resolution.
In contrast, the iPad Pro comes with two different displays.
The 11-inch model has a 2388 by 1668 pixel Liquid Retina panel. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch model comes with a 2732 by 2048 resolution Liquid Retina Display.
As you can see, there are marginally improved screens for both iPad Pro versions, with a better quality and more brightness. That being said, with just a few pixels, the Air version doesn’t fall behind and it’s not as sweet.
Another factor that is worth noting is that the iPad Air‘s monitor does not have ProMotion technology.
ProMotion is a mechanism that adapts the show to the movement of the material you are watching. This suggests that the refresh rate of the screen is changed, to take it all the way up to 120Hz as appropriate.
This is what makes the Pro animations work better than on any other computer. But until you compare them side by side, it’s something most people won’t realize. This isn’t a deal-breaker, by any means.
New cameras have been the main improvements to the iPad Pro 2020. Two camera lenses were attached by Apple to the back of both versions. There are 12MP large and 10MP ultra-wide cameras in both the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch versions. The iPad Air, on the other hand, only comes with a single 12MP wide camera on the rear.
The iPad Pro models have a TrueDepth Sensor on the front, usable with portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji and Memoji.
On the other side, the iPad Air has a front-facing FaceTime HD camera with none of the above mentioned functions.
You’re correct, most people don’t use their iPad to take photos, in case you’re curious. But getting a better camera is a necessity during these periods in an environment where more and more people are doing business or taking lessons online or holding Zoom meetings.
The LiDAR Scanner is another feature absent on the 2020 iPad Air. A new feature introduced by Apple in this year’s iPad Pro models and the current iPhone 12 Pro models is the Light Detection and Ranging detector, or LiDAR for short.
This role enables the computer to calculate the distance of the nearby objects, making it more accurate to use your system in augmented reality.
Apple is betting high on the LiDAR Scanner, but for most novice users, there are not many capabilities as of right now. Yeah, you can play some great AR games on your iPad, but other than that, we haven’t seen a lot of uses for this function.
Still, the future is virtual reality, or AR, and Apple knows it. It’s one of those qualities you’re going to use later on, and you’re going to be grateful to have it now.
Apple, unfortunately, wanted to offer the iPad Air a better processor than the one used in the iPad Pro models.
Both iPad Pro versions include an A12Z Bionic processor, a slight upgrade from the 3rd-generation iPad Pro’s A12X Bionic Chip. For those individuals who wanted the iPad Pro this year to include at least the A13 Bionic Processor, which was the same one the iPhone 11 got last year, this was a let down.
In the other side, the brand new A14 Bionic Chip was awarded to the 2020 iPad Air, which is also powering this year’s iPhone 12 lineup.
To see if the iPad Air is quicker than the iPad Pro, we’d also have to see real-life measurements from both machines, but at least on paper, the efficiency of the iPad Air should be on par with the iPad Pro‘s, if not stronger.
The iPad Air is the way to go if you’re searching for improved results or if you have the new chip from Apple.
Verdict: Which one should I buy?
Including the cameras and the monitor, there are a few compromises, but these are minor considerations that will not impact the overall iPad Air experience. It’s still the best iPad for your money, in spite of that.
To transform your standard iPad Air into a professional computer for company, education, or your daily life, you can get a powerful device with the new Apple chip available and access to a large range of accessories.
That being said, TechVisibility recommends that you wait a little longer if you really think you need or want to get an iPad Pro. There were rumors that with updates, Apple is still focusing on the new iPad Pro. And whether the reports are precise or not (they are), it is real that if it wishes to contend with, well, itself, Apple has to make some significant improvements to the iPad Pro roster.