In March 2018, Apple introduced a new budget iPad tablet with Apple Pencil support costing 25,000 rubles (basic configuration) - almost half the price (47,000 rubles) compared to the cheapest 10.5-inch iPad Pro model (without accounting Apple Pencil) and more than half the price of the 12.9-inch version (59,000 rubles).
The situation in the case of models with support for cellular modules (Cellular) is similar, the difference is 22,000 rubles and 34,000 rubles for the 10.5- and 12.9-inch versions of the iPad Pro, respectively. To some, such an offer may seem beneficial, but it is worth considering other factors before choosing the cheapest device.
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IPad 2018 and iPad Pro displays
The difference between the iPad and iPad Pro screen is obvious. The new iPad model received the familiar Retina display with a diagonal of 9.7 inches and a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels. The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro variants offer larger screens and higher resolutions. The display resolution of the 10.5-inch version is 2224 × 1668 pixels, the 12.9-inch version is 2732 × 2048 pixels. Despite the difference in resolution and size, the pixel density in the screens of all three models is the same - 264 ppi.
Unlike the iPad 2018, the iPad Pro lineup offers a number of additional features, such as the ProMotion module, which doubles the screen refresh rate from 60 to 120 frames per second, or True Tone technology, which adjusts the display colors to the ambient light. In addition, the iPad Pro display boasts an extended color gamut for brighter, more vibrant images, and an anti-reflective coating.
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IPad 2018 and iPad Pro performance
Powered by the 2.2GHz A10 Fusion chip, the 2018 iPad delivers significantly better performance than previous models, but still doesn't match the power of the iPad Pro, which is powered by the 2.39GHz A10X Fusion 6-core microprocessor. The difference in performance is also due to different amounts of RAM. The 2018 iPad gets 2GB of RAM, while both iPad Pro models use 4GB of RAM. This difference is clearly demonstrated in the results of the Geekbench 4 benchmark: in the single-core test, the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro scored 3908 and 3903 points, respectively, and the iPad score was 3254 points. According to these numbers, the single-core performance of the Pro line is 20% faster than the iPad, although some don't see this as a significant improvement.
In multi-core tests, the iPad Pro is rated at 9287 (12.9-inch version) and 9304 (10.5-inch model). At the same time, the new iPad scored 5857 points - a good result compared to other models in the series. Overall, the iPad Pro performed about 58% better in multi-core test.
The multi-core versus single-core benchmarks suggest that the performance difference in daily use of the iPad won't be as noticeable, but when it comes to multitasking or applications that require as much computing power as possible, the iPad Pro continues to be the best option.
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Cameras and imaging for iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
Since the debut of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the lineup has offered improved shooting and image processing capabilities over the iPad. With the release of the iPad 6 (2018), the situation has not changed - the tablet received the same cameras as its predecessors. The gadget is equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera without a flash, capable of shooting video in 1080p resolution. By comparison, the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models feature a 12-megapixel camera with OIS, 4K video recording, and True Tone Quad-LED flash. The camera also boasts an extended color gamut for photos and Live Photos, a six-element lens, HDR support and Focus Pixels technology. In addition, iPad Pro can record slow-motion video at 1080p at 120 fps. or 720p at 240 fps.iPad can shoot video in Slo-Mo mode at 720p and 120fps.
iPad has a 1.2-megapixel front camera with 720p video recording. The iPad Pro version has more impressive specifications: a 7-megapixel front-facing camera capable of recording video in 1080p resolution, and support for automatic HDR when taking photos.
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Speakers, battery, interfaces and colors of iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
The 2018 iPad has two stereo speakers located at the bottom of the tablet. In turn, iPad Pro has 4 stereo speakers located at the top and bottom of the device, which automatically adjust the sound output.
Oddly enough, the new iPad and iPad Pro don't differ too much in battery life. The iPad uses a 32.4Wh battery, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses 41Wh, and the 10.5-inch model uses 30.4Wh. Despite the difference in battery size and display power consumption, Apple claims that all three models can last up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing.
Among other things, iPad Pro has a Smart Connector that provides bi-directional data / power and allows you to connect external accessories to your tablet. In a world where Bluetooth keyboards come with their own batteries, this functionality is less useful than you might expect.
For those who care about the appearance of the device, Apple has provided several color options: "Gray", "Gray space", "Gold". The 10.5-inch version is available in Rose Gold.
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Storage capacity and price of iPad 2018 and iPad Pro
Both lines offer models with different amounts of internal storage, but the iPad Pro series is still the leader in this aspect.
32 GB, Wi-Fi version - 24,990 rubles
128 GB, Wi-Fi version - 31,990 rubles
32 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 34 990 rubles
128 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 41,990 rubles
10.5-inch iPad Pro
64 GB, Wi-Fi version - 46,990 rubles
256 GB, Wi-Fi version - 58,990 rubles
512 GB, Wi-Fi version - 74,990 rubles
64 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 56 990 rubles.
256 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 68 990 rubles
512 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 84,990 rubles
12-inch iPad Pro
64 GB, Wi-Fi version - 58,990 rubles
256 GB, Wi-Fi version - 70,990 rubles
512 GB, Wi-Fi version - 86,990 rubles
64 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 68,990 rubles.
256 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 80 990 rubles
512 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE (4G) - 96,990 rubles
For most users, the base storage of an iPad or iPad Pro will be fine, but if you need more space but don't want to use external storage or iCloud, the iPad Pro is your only option.
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Buying a more expensive iPad Pro can be a bargain
Given enough funds to purchase an iPad or iPad Pro, price isn't the only aspect to consider when making your final decision. In fact, there are a number of reasons to opt for the iPad Pro, such as a large screen, great performance, or quality front and rear cameras, although for most users, the iPad's shooting capabilities will be quite satisfactory. In addition, the ability of modern iPhones to record 4K video allows device owners to shoot a video and then move it to the iPad without having to shell out for the more expensive iPad Pro.
Given the addition of Apple Pencil support in the sixth generation iPad (2018), are the benefits of the iPad Pro worth the extra money? Certainly, if they are really needed.
For everyone else, a cheaper iPad is a good choice, especially for families who now have the opportunity to get two iPads for the price of one iPad Pro.
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