All changes from iPad Pro 2018 to 2021 — 2022

The iPad Pro is one of the most popular Apple devices in recent years, in fact it has been the subject of debate on multiple occasions given the evolution it has led. And that is exactly what we want to talk to you about, about the differences between the 2018 and 2021 models, so that you can see for yourself the evolution of a product that leaves no one indifferent.

Specification table

Before going fully into each and every one of the differences that exist between these two iPad Pro models, we want to put a table with the technical specifications on the table. In this way you have all the information related to each device and you will be able to understand much better everything that differentiates, or not, these two iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 2018 vs 2021

CharacteristiciPad Pro 2018iPad Pro 2021
Colors-Space Gray
-Space Gray
sizes- 11 inches
- 12.9 inches
- 11 inches
- 12.9 inches
Weight11 inches:
-WiFi version: 468 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 468 grams
12.9 inches
-WiFi version: 631 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 633 grams
11 inches:
-WiFi version: 466 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 468 grams
12.9 inches
-WiFi version: 682 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 684 grams
Screen11-inch and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina (IPS)11-inch Liquid Retina (IPS).

12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR (miniLED)
Resolution11-inch: 2,388 x 1668 at 264 ppi

12.9 Inches: 2732 x 2048 at 264 ppi
11-inch: 2,388 x 1668 at 264 ppi

12.9 Inches: 2732 x 2048 at 264 ppi
BrightnessUp to 600 nits (typical)Up to 600 nits (typical)

1,000 nits full-screen peak brightness and 1,600 nits peak brightness (HDR) on 12.9-inch model
refresh rate120 Hz120 Hz
Speakers4 stereo speakers4 stereo speakers
ProcessorChip A12X Bionic con Neural EngineApple M1
Storage capacity-64GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
-2 TB
RAM-4 GB (in versions of 64, 256 and 512 GB)
-6 GB (in 1TB versions)
-8 GB (in versions of 128, 256 and 512 GB)
-16 GB (in 1 and 2 TB versions)
Autonomy- Up to 10 hours of browsing the internet via Wi-Fi or playing video or music.

- Up to 9 hours of internet browsing through mobile networks.
- Up to 10 hours of internet browsing via Wi-Fi or video playback.

- Up to 9 hours of internet browsing through mobile networks.
Frontal camera7 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with ultra wide angle and f / 2.4 aperture
rear cameras- 12 Mpx wide angle with f / 1.8 aperture-Wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-Ultra wide angle of 10Mpx with aperture of f / 2.4
-Sensor LiDAR
-Smart Connector
-USB-C compatible with Thunderbolt (USB 4)
-Smart Connector
biometric systemsFace IDFace ID
SIM cardIn WiFi + Cellular version: Nano SIM and eSIMIn WiFi + Cellular version: Nano SIM and eSIM
Connectivity in all versions-Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); 2.4 and 5GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 866 Mb/s
-Bluetooth 5.0
-Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax); 2.4 and 5GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 1.2Gb/s
-Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity in WiFi + Cellular versions-GSM/EDGE
-Gigabit LTE (up to 29 bands)
-Integrated GPS/GNSS
-Calls via Wi-Fi
-5G (sub-6 GHz)2
-Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)2
-Integrated GPS/GNSS
-Calls via Wi-Fi
Official Accessory Compatibility-Smart Keyboard Folio
-Magic Keyboard
-Apple Pencil (2ª gen.)
-Smart Keyboard Folio
-Magic Keyboard
-Apple Pencil (2ª gen.)
Prices at AppleDiscontinued at AppleFrom 1,199 euros

Once you are clear about the technical specifications of these two Apple products, and before developing each of the main points of this comparison, we want to expose the ones that we consider the most important and that can affect the experience more deeply than others. users can have with them.

    The screenIt is without a doubt one of the points that you will notice as soon as you put them one in front of the other, that is, only in the 12.9-inch model, since the 11-inch models have the same screen.
  • In terms of power There is also a big jump in the 2021 model, however, the question that many users ask is, can you really take advantage of it?
  • The number of cameras It is another of the differences that you appreciate at first sight.
  • And if we talk about cameras, in the rear module the presence of the sensor LiDAR sometimes it can be differential.
  • connectivity 5G You also have to take it into account, especially if you are going to buy or need an iPad with mobile data.

What has changed from one to the other?

The iPad Pro is a device that does not really incorporate too striking new features in its generation updates, however, as you have been able to verify previously, there are some quite different aspects between the 2018 model and the 2021 model. what we're going to start talking about.

more power

The biggest change between these two true beasts is without one inside. The 2018 iPad Pro features the chip A12X Bionic , which gives it a power and capacity that allows all its users to carry out practically any task they set out to do. However, if we look inside the 2021 iPad Pro, things change quite a bit.

using ipad pro 2021

The performance offered by the 2018 model is already fantastic, but the 2021 model has the famous apple m1 chip , a chip that has been talked about a lot, and practically everything for good given the performance that it provides to all the devices that use it. The iPad Pro of 2021 has become a machine that is capable of doing everything a user proposes do with it, has no limits, at least hardware.

But not everything is positive. Although it is true that the iPad Pro of 2021 has very high capabilities at the hardware level, these are ultimately weighed down by being very limited by software available to him. In fact, there are few tasks that you cannot carry out with the iPad Pro of 2018 and yes with the one of 2021. The Cupertino company undoubtedly has a professional device, but the question is, can users really get it? party to so much power and performance?

a professional display

The screen is another point where the Cupertino company has taken a big step forward. Without any doubt, the screen of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro of 2021 can be considered a totally professional screen, since it is a model with the famous Liquid Retina XDR display , with 2D mini-LED technology with Multi-Touch and IPS technology.

This screen of the 12.9-inch model makes the iPad a perfect tool for all photo editing professionals , since the representation of the colors is totally faithful to reality. In addition, not only for professional tasks is this screen a joy, also for consume any type of content . To notice the difference, you just have to put one next to the other and, never better said, there will be no color in how you will see the contents in one and the other.

media content ipad pro 2021

But again, not everything is perfect and that is so only the 12.9-inch model of 2021 is the one that has this type of screen , so the 2021 11-inch model has the same screen as the 2018 iPad Pro. This causes users of the small iPad Pro model to seriously think about whether the jump is worth it or not, but we will talk about it at the end of this post.

iPad cameras

Something that is present in the iPad, but that few users really use given the focus of this device are the cameras. Despite this, Apple has considerably evolved all the features that the iPad offers in this regard. First of all, what needs to be highlighted is the number of lenses on the back, going from the wide angle of the 2018 model, to a double camera made up of wide angle and ultra wide angle in the 2021 model, in addition to the presence of the lidar scanner in this last.

ipad pro 2021 cameras

Few users use the iPad to take pictures, however, it is a very powerful and interesting tool for everything related to photography. virtual reality and augmented reality . In fact, the iPad Pro was the first model to have the LiDAR scanner, although at the moment it has not been possible to take full advantage of it. Therefore, users who opt for the 2021 iPad Pro before the 2018 one in this regard will be counted.

However, surely the camera that can be used the most on an iPad is the frontal camera , where the 2021 iPad Pro also has a great improvement over the 2018 model. The first significant change is the type of lens that one and the other have, since on the 2018 iPad Pro it mounts a TrueDepth camera, while the 2021 model has a TrueDepth camera with ultra wide angle 12MP. The fact that it is ultra wide angle makes much more sense since it will usually be used to make video calls and allows to cover much more field of vision. But beware that this is not the only novelty, since the 2021 iPad Pro has centered framing , a technology that will always keep the subject in the central part of the image, making the camera follow the movements you make.

5G arrives

Connectivity is another point that has evolved over the generations of iPad Pro. The great novelty in this regard is undoubtedly the arrival of 5G , a technology that increases the speed of the Internet connection considerably in a device that needs the highest possible speed when it comes to working.

ipad pro 2021 design

However, this point is damaged given the 5G that Spain and a large majority of countries have today, where in reality could be considered an evolution of 4G , more than 5G, which, for example, can be enjoyed by users in the United States. Therefore, over time it will be a point where you can find a big difference, but today it will not mark the user experience.

Similar aspects of both models

We have already told you about the aspects in which you will find a greater difference between what the iPad Pro of 2018 and 2021 are capable of offering. However, and although the change is not so significant, there are other aspects in which you have to look to be able to assess the evolution of such a popular device. We will talk about it below.

USB-C port, although not identical

The arrival of the USB-C port on the iPad was a tremendous turning point for a device that Apple wanted to focus on professional use but that really did not have the necessary features for it. Without a doubt, this movement was key and gave the iPad a tremendous range of possibilities.

Of course, there is a more than appreciable difference between them. And it is that while the 2018 model has a USB-C port, the 2021 model has a Thunderbolt port that allows a much higher data transfer rate , in addition to allowing it to be connected to monitors more efficiently and with higher quality.

AirPods Pro on iPad

For basic uses of this iPad Pro, the speed when exchanging data is not too important, since USB-C already achieves very good speeds. However, in the professional section, the Thunderbolt port is completely differential since it considerably increases the speed at which data is exchanged, in fact it is one of the key points so that the iPad can be used connected to a professional monitor.

Compatible Accessories

Continuing with the line that the USB-C connector has marked, this was important given the large number of accessories with which the iPad was made compatible. In this sense, there is no difference between the two devices, but it is important to highlight the wide variety of devices that you can use together with your iPad to provide it with the capabilities you need.

ipad pro 2021 y magic keyboard

First of all, Apple accessories like the Apple Pencil or the Magic Keyboard give the iPad tremendous possibilities to work, in fact the keyboard practically transforms the iPad into a touch screen laptop. If you also combine all this with the possibilities of USB-C to connect different Hubs and devices, they make the iPad a very versatile work and productivity device for the vast majority of users.

iPad Pro + keyboard


The last point we want to talk about is the battery, something really important given that it is a device that will not be used regularly connected to the mains and which users transport from one place to another to work or consume audiovisual content. Therefore, having a good autonomy is key.


Fortunately, the iPad Pro has always had great autonomy, allowing its users to use them without problems during long working hours. In this aspect, both devices, both the 2018 and the 2021 iPad Pro, offer the same features, which are the following.

  • Up to 10 hours of browsing the internet via Wi-Fi, or playing video or music.
  • Up to 9 hours of internet browsing through mobile networks.

our conclusion

We have reached the end of the comparison, and obviously we could not miss the point where we tell you what our final conclusion is about this comparison. However, since we have told you all the differences between the two iPad Pros, we invite you to be the one who makes your own conclusions and the decision to acquire one or the other. Or to change the 2018 model for the 2021 model if you already had it.


Without a doubt, these are two devices that today they offer enviable performance , something predictable in the 2021 model, but that perhaps some users may doubt with the 2018 model. However, it is clear that at certain points the 2021 iPad Pro far exceeds that of 2018. If your case is that of a user who already has the 2018 iPad Pro , it will only really be worth making the jump to the 2021 12.9-inch model for the incredible screen it has. At the power level there is also a tremendous jump.

However, that power of the 2021 model is not usable today given the tools and software that iPadOS has, so there will not be many situations in which you find differences in terms of the possibilities you have to do certain tasks with each other.

screen ipad pro 2021

On the other hand, if you don't have either and you are considering buying an iPad Pro, without a doubt our advice is that you buy the 2021 iPad Pro, for everything that may come in the coming years and that, without a doubt, will be much more profitable with the iPad Pro model. 2021 than with the 2018 model. Of course, if you find a good offer for the previous model, it is a good option that will give you an excellent experience.