iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad (7th generation) – Apple’s Most Popular Tablets Fight!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/11/20 •  5 min read

Apple isn’t waiting until the fall to introduce new devices. The company has gotten off to a roaring start to 2020 by releasing an all-new iPad Pro, the company’s flagship tablet. The iPad Pro has some stunning new features like a dual-lens camera and LiDAR sensor. Be sure to check out the coolest new features of the 2020 iPad Pro here.

But is the 2020 iPad Pro better than Apple’s other insanely popular tablet, the iPad (7th generation)? People love the regular old iPad due to its low cost and ability to let you do some serious work on it while also using it as a content consumption device.

But just how do the new iPad Pro and current iPad stack up? Let’s take a look.

iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad (7th generation) Quick Comparison

iPad Pro (2020) iPad (7th Gen)

  • Display: 11in 2388 × 1668 pixel & 12.9in 2732 x 2048 pixel 
  • Colors: Silver or Space Grey
  • Storage: 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB
  • Processors: A12Z Bionic with Neural Engine
  • Cameras: front 7MP 1080p HD camera and a rear dual-lens 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide, 4k HD camera with Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Size: 280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 5.9 mm (12.9in) or 247.6 mm x 178.5 mm x 5.9 mm (11in)
  • Weight: 641 grams (12.9in) or 471 grams (11in)
  • Speakers: 4
  • Other: Face ID, LiDAR Sensor, USB-C, Apple Pencil version 2 support, Smart Connector
  • Display: 10.2in 2169 × 1620 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Gold, or Space Grey
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP Wide, 1080p HD camera
  • Size: 250.6 mm x 174.1 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 483 grams
  • Speakers: 2
  • Other: Touch ID, Lightning connector, Apple Pencil version 1 support, Smart Connector


Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The iPad Pro features an all-screen design with modern touches like support for the new trackpad keyboard, the Apple Pencil 2, and Face ID.


Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The iPad Pro gives you the option of two display sizes, each of which is larger than the iPad. Those displays are also edge-to-edge thanks to Face ID. It also sports a True Tone display with a wide color gamut.

iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad (7th generation) – Apple's Most Popular Tablets Fight!
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Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The A12Z is faster and more powerful than the A10 by a factor of about 2x. It also offers improved graphics support for advanced augmented reality.


Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – It’s got a dual-lens camera setup and also sports a new LiDAR sensor for augmented reality tasks. That’s not even to mention that the iPad Pro shoots 4K video while the iPad only shoots 1080p video.

Storage Options

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iPad 7th generation
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Battery Life

Winner? Draw – The battery life is identical.



Look, this was never a fair contest. The 2020 iPad Pro blows the regular iPad out of the water. The 2020 iPad Pro is as good as tablets get. The iPad Pro sports Face ID, an edge-to-edge display, Apple Pencil 2 support, a LiDAR sensor, dual-lens cameras, and much more–including that optional touchpad keyboard.

That being said, the iPad Pro is aimed at a completely different set of iPad user than the iPad is. The iPad Pro is for users who need a content creation device. This includes people in the media, engineering, and scientific industries.

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Apple now makes several iPads. You have cheap iPads, mid-range iPads, and small iPads. Apple’s iPad is the #1 tablet you can buy. And there is an iPad for all types of users – from casual (the iPad) to professional/power-users (the iPad Pro). Bottom line? If you want a tablet, an iPad is the only way to go… 


The regular iPad, on the other hand, is for people who need a tablet in addition to the laptop they already own. It’s for people who want an iPad primarily as a content consumption device.

Given the feature set differences between the two models, then, it’s no wonder the iPad wins in one area: cost. The entry-level iPad at only $329 is over 50% less than the entry-level iPad Pro.

MORE: Apple’s iPadOS Detailed – Best Features & More!

iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad (7th generation): Specs

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Here are the specs for the iPad Pro (2020):

And here are the specs for the iPad (7th generation):

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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