iPad Air (2020) Vs iPad Pro (2020)

IPAD AIR 4 2020 VS IPAD PRO 2020
iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
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PROSPROS
Five color choices.
Less expensive.
A14 Bionic processor, a first for iPad.
11-inch and 12.9-inch displays.
More available storage.
Better camera, other extras.
Speedier A12Z processor.
CONSCONS
A slighter smaller display vs. 11-inch iPad Pro.
No Face ID.
No ProMotion technology.
Weaker camera system.
Pricey.
Only two color choices.
Overkill for many users.

DESIGN

iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
Dimensions9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1 mm)9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm)
Weight16.23 oz (460.0 g)16.61 oz (471.0 g)
MaterialsBack: AluminumBack: Aluminum
BiometricsFingerprint (touch)3D Face unlock
ColorsRose gold, Space gray, Silver, Green, Sky blueSilver, Space gray

When you look at the iPad Air and iPad pro, except for the camera bump, it’s almost difficult to tell them apart. They are both made of aluminum with flat edges on all sides. I believe the iPad air looks more like the 2018 iPad pro. Both the iPad’s are sleek, modern, and premium. The advantage of iPad air is that it comes in sky blue, green, and rose gold, apart from silver and space grey.

DISPLAY

iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
Size10.9 inches11.0 inches
Resolution2360 x 1640 pixels, 264 PPI2388 x 1668 pixels, 265 PPI
TechnologyIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body81.23 %82.87 %
FeaturesOleophobic coating, Ambient light sensorOleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

With the iPad Pro, you have 11 or 12.9-inch options to choose from, but with the iPad Air, there is just one screen size to choose from 10.9; that is all you’re going to get. Otherwise, it’s the same display tech, apple’s liquid retina technology with true-tone, which adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient lighting conditions. It’s got roughly the exact resolution, but the display is a bit brighter in pro models. One downside to iPad Air is that it comes with a 60Hz panel when compared to the 120Hz panel of iPad Pro.

CAMERAS & SPEAKERS

iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
RearSingle cameraDual camera
Main camera12 MP (PDAF, BSI sensor)12 MP (PDAF)
Second camera10 MP (Ultra-wide)
Video recording3840×2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)3840×2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (HD) (240 fps)
Front7 MP (EIS, HDR)7 MP (EIS, HDR)
SpeakersMultiple speakersMultiple speakers

The iPad Air has the same 12-megapixel wide camera as on the iPad pro. However, it does not have the second ultra-wide-angle camera. The true-tone flash is not there either, so no flash photography on the iPad Air. For selfies and facetime, there is a 7-megapixel camera on both iPad’s.

There are two speakers on the iPad Air at the bottom. The iPad Pro has four speakers located on each corner of the device. IPad Pro does have a benefit here, but based on speaker differences, I will not make my purchase decision.

PERFORMANCE: A14 Vs A12z Bionic Chip

iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
System chipApple A14 BionicApple A12Z Bionic
ProcessorOcta-core, 64-bit, 5 nmOcta-core, 64-bit, 7 nm
GPUApple 4-core GPUApple 7-core GPU
RAM6GB LPDDR4
Internal storage64GB, not expandable128GB, not expandable
Device typeTabletTablet
OSiPadOS (14.x)iPadOS (13.x)

A14 Bionic chip debuts on iPad Air, and on the other hand, iPad Pro runs a modified version of A12 called A12z; that’s an 8 core processor instead of a 6 core processor like the A12 and A14. A12z provides more performance cores and GPU bandwidth for some complex tasks. So basically, iPad Pro is more powerful than iPad Air.

BATTERY & CHARGING

iPad Air 4iPad Pro 11-inch
Capacity28.65 Wh28.65 Wh
TypeType
Li – Ion, Not user replaceable
Li – Polymer, Not user replaceable

iPad Air comes with a 20-watt charger in the box versus 18-watt on the iPad Pro. Both iPad’s have 28.65Wh battery, and Apple promises 10 hours of watching videos or browsing the web on Wi-Fi.

WHICH 2020 iPAD IS BETTER FOR YOU?

If you’re a gamer, who wants to take advantage of its 120 hertz refresh rate and don’t mind the extra cost then go for the iPad Pro. If you are a student or you want to do photo or video editing then iPad Air is a must buy.