iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad Pro (2018): What’s The Difference?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 03/19/20 •  5 min read

Apple’s newest flagship tablets have just been announced. The company unveiled the new iPad Pro today via a press release. Still, despite the low-key unveiling, it’s got some amazing new features.

But is the 2020 iPad Pro THAT much better than the previous iPad Pro, which came out all the way back in 2018? That’s what we’re heard to find out.

iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad Pro (2018) Quick Comparison

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Design

Winner? Draw – Both iPad Pro models have the exact same design.

Displays

Winner? Draw – The 2020 and 2018 models have the same exact display tech.

CPU/Processor

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – The A12Z is faster and more powerful than the A12X.

Camera

Winner? iPad Pro (2020) – It’s got a dual-lens camera setup and also sports a new LiDAR sensor for augmented reality tasks.

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Storage Options

Battery Life

Winner? Draw – The battery life is identical.

Price

Verdict?

OK – this is a pretty easy call. The 2020 iPad Pro blows the 2018 iPad Pro out of the water. The 2020 iPad Pro adds amazing new features like a dual-lens rear camera, a much faster processor, a LiDAR sensor, and double the base model storage.

If you’ve got the 2018 model, should you upgrade? That’s a tougher call. Display and design-wise the 2018 and 2020 models are identical. If you don’t think you would take advantage of the dual-lens rear camera and LiDAR sensor, then it’s probably a good idea to hang onto that 2018 model for another year.

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iPad Pro (2020) vs iPad Pro (2018): Specs

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

And here are the specs for the iPad Pro (2018):

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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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