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Apple iPad Pro 2020 11 inch review

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Quick verdict: Apple's new pro-grade tablet brings the goods with plenty of power and a new focus on mouse gestures, but its high price – especially for that Magic Keyboard – will put it out of reach of all but the most cashed-up buyers.

The good

  • A12Z Bionic is astonishingly quick
  • Mousing gestures work well
  • Camera is good (for a tablet)

The bad

  • Expensive
  • Battery life isn't great for a laptop replacement
  • LIDAR lens lacks apps – for now

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Apple's early entry into the tablet market with the original iPad gave it a head start that it's never relinquished, even as it's split its tablet lines into those for the general market and those looking for a more professional tool.

That's the market that the iPad Pro is pitched towards, and Apple isn't playing politely when it mentions all across its marketing materials that the new model iPad Pro is "more powerful than most laptops".

It may have a point in terms of raw computing power, and in many ways the new iPad Pro is exactly what you'd expect out of a fourth generation product, with a much improved processor, better camera and the imminent arrival of touchpad and mousing gestures.

There's also the inclusion of a LIDAR scanner for AR apps, although at launch there's really not much out there in app terms that makes use of it.

All of this adds up to Apple's best iPad Pro yet, but with the very significant caveat that Apple still charges a solid premium for it. That makes it a tricky recommendation, even against the very laptops that Apple says it can handily beat in a processor foot race.


Design

Design

  • 11 inch or 12.9 inch display
  • Noticeable bezels on all sides
  • Great display quality
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020

Camera

Camera

  • Dual lenses are pretty good (for a tablet)
  • LIDAR is underutilised at launch
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020

Performance

Performance

  • Apple A12Z is very fast
  • Mouse and trackpad gestures are easy to understand
  • Magic keyboard is stupidly expensive
  • No 5G options
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020

Battery life

Battery life

  • 10 hours is achievable, but that's weak for a 'laptop replacement'
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020

Verdict

Verdict

  • Powerful pro tablet, high cost
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020
Should you buy it?

The iPad Pro 2020 really is like a laptop. New releases each year in that category tend to revolve around upward bumps in specifications, and that's essentially what Apple's done here. It's faster, and the new software that enables mouse and trackpad support do add layers of productivity that weren't there before.

However, it's also seriously pricey at a time when it's going to be hard to justify that kind of purchase for most users. Against traditional laptops, whether you'd favour a MacBook Pro or a Microsoft Surface, it's still a locked-down environment with lesser multi-tasking functionality and battery life that's not quite as solid as some competing options. Certainly if you're using an iPad Pro third generation model there's little here that you won't get in iPadOS 13.4 anyway, and that's also an issue for Apple trying to convince folks to lay down their cash.

Which is a bit of a pity. This is easily Apple's best iPad Pro model to date, but it's launching in a period of significant instability. It's a lovely luxury item if somebody else is paying, though.

Pricing and availability

Price

$1,329 (128GB, Wi-Fi)
$1,579 (128GB, Wi-Fi+LTE)
$1,499 (256GB, Wi-Fi)
$1,749 (256GB, Wi-Fi+LTE)
$1,839 (512GB, Wi-Fi)
$2,089 (512GB, Wi-Fi+LTE)
$2,179 (1TB, Wi-Fi)
$2,429 (1TB, Wi-Fi+LTE)

Alternatives

Within the iPad family, you could opt for the much cheaper Apple iPad Air 2019, or the iPad Mini 2019 which packs in much the same performance. If you only want the basics of iPad usage, the entry level model, simply called the Apple iPad, is easily your most affordable option.


Specifications

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2020
3.5
  • Battery 3.5
  • Camera 2.5
  • Design 3.5
  • Performance 4.5
How we score our reviews

General

Display Size
11 inches
Resolution
2388 x 1668px
Screen Type
Retina Display
Processor Type
A12Z Bionic
Operating System
iPadOS

Connectivity

Bluetooth
v5.0
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
GPS
Yes
NFC
Yes
USB-C Ports
1

Storage

Storage Options
128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB

Miscellaneous

Battery Life
Up to 10 hours
Rear Camera
12MP + 10MP
Front Camera
7MP
HD Recording
Yes
Headphone Jack
Yes
Colours
Silver, Grey

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