iPad Air or Pro 2020; what is the difference? | Cell phone

O iPad Air 2020 was announced in September by Apple, along with the eighth generation of the iPad. As well as the iPad Pro 2020, launched at the beginning of the year, the device is compatible with the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio – but it brings some differences in relation to the screen, processor, cameras, storage and design.

Before deciding which of the iPad models is the best for your day-to-day, see the comparison below and answer your questions about the devices’ technical data.

iPad Air 2020 vs iPad Pro 2020 (Image: Tecnoblog)

Screen and design

To start, it is worth mentioning that this comparison covers three models, in terms of screen:

  • iPad Air with 10.9 inch screen;
  • iPad Pro with 11-inch screen;
  • iPad Pro with 12.9 inch screen.

Although the first two have basically the same screen size, the panels differ in important details: the iPad Pro 2020 has a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz (ProMotion), unlike the iPad Air.

In practice, the technology allows greater fluidity when running game graphics or even the system interface – the feeling is that the processes are faster.

In addition, the iPad Pro has a display with 600 nits, against 500 nits of the iPad Air. Both have True Tone technology and similar pixel densities.

In general terms of design, the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2020 follow a similar look, with the replacement of the Lightning input by USB-C – the “Air”, however, has more color options and a more flattened frame, which resembles iPhones 4 and 5 (visual also adopted in the iPhone 12 line).

iPad Air

Colors of the iPad Air 2020 (Image: Disclosure / Apple)

The dimensions are also similar, with the “Air” being the lightest among the three:

  • iPad Air 2020: 247.6 178.5 x 6.1 mm / Weight: 458 g (Wi-Fi) or 460 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular);
  • iPad Pro 2020 (11 ”): 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm / Weight: 471 g (Wi-Fi) or 473 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular);
  • iPad Pro 2020 (12 “): 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm / Weight: 641 g (Wi-Fi) or 643 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular).
iPad Air (2020) iPad Pro (2020)
  • silver
  • space gray
  • rose gold
  • green
  • sky blue

Winner: iPad Air (design) / iPad Pro (Screen)

Processor, memory and battery

The A12Z Bionic octa-core processor with integrated M12 coprocessor in the iPad Pro 2020 takes the lead in benchmark tests – in multicore and graphics performance. This iPad has an 8-core GPU and, as expected by nomenclature, is highly recommended for those looking for as much of a tablet as possible as a work tool.

The iPad Pro 2020 is available in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB storage options, and has a 10-hour battery promise.

The iPad Air 2020 arrives with the A14 Bionic processor, the same present in the iPhone 12 and its Mini, Pro and Pro Max variants. It is a chip manufactured in 5 nanometers and very efficient and fast, but with a six-core CPU and four-core GPU.

iPad Pro (Image: Disclosure: Apple)

iPad Pro (Image: Disclosure: Apple)

The storage options here are more limited: 64 GB or 256 GB. The battery life promised by Apple is the same (10 hours).

An advantage in the iPad Air 2020 is that it has a 20 W charger, against the 18 W iPad Pro.

Winner: iPad Pro


At this point, the iPad Pro 2020 has a great advantage: the model has a rear multiple camera with 12 MP f / 1.8 (main) sensors + 10 MP f / 2.4, the additional lens is an ultra-wide, ideal for recording more open angles (nice for those who need to take pictures inside buildings, for example, and usually have limitations with walls or furniture around). With the rear camera, it is possible to record 4K videos at up to 60 fps.

The iPad Pro also features the LiDAR scanner, which is capable of accurately measuring environments or even the height of people. It is also used with augmented reality features, including in games.

IPad Pro 2020 LiDAR Scanner

LiDAR Scanner for iPad Pro 2020 (Image: Press Release / Apple)

For video calls, you can count on a 7 MP (f / 2.2) TrueDepth camera, capable of taking selfies in Portrait Mode and recording videos in 1080p at 30 or 60 fps.

In turn, the iPad Air 2020 has only one rear camera, which is the same used as the main camera in the “Pro” (12 MP), and also records in 4K at 60 fps. At the front, there is a 7 MP (f / 2.2) sensor, but without TrueDepth technology that would allow facial recognition and the use of features like Portrait Mode and Animojis.

Winner: iPad Pro

Connections, connectivity and resources

Both iPad Air and iPad Pro 2020 have support for the Magic Keyboard, which has a floating design, magnetic fixation and easy angle adjustment, for viewing up to 130 degrees. The keyboard is backlit and has a trackpad, to increase the versatility of work and smooth the lines between the iPad / notebook experience. It has recharging via USB-C.

Both models also support the Smart Keyboard Folio, which allows switching in two support angles and has protection for the front and rear of the iPad, and the Apple Pencil of 2nd generation, which pairs and recharges wirelessly, in addition to having a fixation magnetic.

Magic Keyboard (Image: Press Release / Apple)

Magic Keyboard (Image: Press Release / Apple)

Moving now to biometrics, we have differences between iPads. The “Air” has a Touch ID located under the top button. “Pro” uses Face ID to unlock. In this case, it is worth putting the pros and cons of each method in relation to your routine in the balance – Face ID can be a problem when using masks, for example.

In terms of audio, the iPad Pro takes the lead, with a system of four speakers, against two of the iPad Air. Still, in general, both deliver good sound quality.

Price of iPad Air and iPad Pro 2020 in Brazil

Storage iPad Air (2020) iPad Pro 11 ”(2020) iPad Pro 12.9 ”(2020)
64 GB
  • $ 6,999 (Wi-Fi)
  • $ 8,599 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
128 GB
  • $ 9,999 (Wi-Fi)
  • R $ 11,699 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
R $ 12,499 (Wi-Fi)

R $ 14,199 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

256 GB
  • R $ 8,699 (Wi-Fi)
  • R $ 10,299 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • R $ 11,199 (Wi-Fi)
  • R $ 12,899 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
R $ 13,699 (Wi-Fi)

R $ 15,399 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

512 GB
  • R $ 13,499 (Wi-Fi)
  • R $ 15,199 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
R $ 15,999 (Wi-Fi)

R $ 17,699 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

1 TB
  • R $ 15,799 (Wi-Fi)
  • R $ 17,499 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
R $ 18,299 (Wi-Fi)

R $ 19,999 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

In short: which is the best iPad for you?

iPad Pro 2020: professionals (or companies) on budget

Buying the iPad Pro 2020 is a real investment – after all, the price (which can reach R $ 20,000 in Brazil) is not at all inviting. On the other hand, this is the most powerful iPad ever made, and it must meet your work expectations in terms of performance, as well as in terms of user experience.

iPad Air 2020: users who want “Pro” features at a lower price

Although the iPad Air has some cuts in technical data, the limits between him and the Pro have decreased. With support for the same accessories for productivity, the model can also be indicated for the professional community – and at a lower price.

Do not buy if: the LiDAR sensor is a necessary differential for your job; you prefer a screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, for more fluid graphics; you need options with storage greater than 256 GB; your usage profile requires maximum graphics performance.

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