iPad Air 2020 vs iPad Pro 11 inches, which one is more worth it? — 2022

Since Apple changed the design of the iPad Pro, this had been one of the compelling reasons for many users when opting for the 11-inch iPad Pro . However, with the iPad Air 4 redesigned with a form factor tremendously similar to this one, the doubts grew. In this post we will try to highlight what are the most important differences between these two teams.

It should be noted that for this comparison we rely on the 2020 iPad Pro 11-inch, which, despite having been discontinued, can still be purchased in some stores, also leaving its price very similar to that of the iPad Air and, therefore, further increasing doubts about which one is more worthwhile.

Differences in specifications

The first thing to highlight in these devices are their technical differences, which we believe are very worthy of highlighting for serving as the first to see in which aspects they share characteristics and in which they differ.



iPad Air iPad Pro

CharacteristiciPad Pro 11' (2020)iPad Air (2020)
Colors-Space Gray
-Silver
-Space Gray
-Silver
-Pink gold
-Green
-Blue
Dimensions-Height: 24.76 cm
- Width: 17.85cm
-Thickness: 0.59cm
-Height: 24.76 cm
- Width: 17.85cm
-Thickness: 0.61cm
Weight-WiFi version: 471 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 473 grams
-WiFi version: 458 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 460 grams
Screen11-inch Liquid Retina (IPS)10.9-inch Liquid Retina (IPS)
Resolution2,388 x 1,668 at 264 pixels per inch2,360 x 1,640 at 264 pixels per inch
BrightnessUp to 600 nits (typical)Up to 500 nits (typical)
refresh rate120 Hz60 Hz
Speakers4 stereo speakers2 stereo speakers
ProcessorA12Z BionicA14 Bionic
Storage capacity-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
-64 GB
-256 GB
RAM6 GB*4 GB*
Autonomy-Browsing and video playback with WiFi: 10 hours
-Browsing and video playback with WiFi: 9 hours
-Browsing and video playback with WiFi: 10 hours
-Browsing and video playback with WiFi: 9 hours
Frontal camera7 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture7 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
rear cameras-Wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-Ultra wide angle with f/2.4 aperture
-Sensor LiDAR
-12 Mpx lens with f/1.8 aperture
connectors-USB-C
-Smart Connector
-USB-C
-Smart Connector
biometric systemsFace IDTouch 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/ax); 2.4 and 5GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 1.2Gb/s
-DESPITE
-Bluetooth 5.0
-Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax); 2.4 and 5GHz; simultaneous dual band; speeds up to 1.2Gb/s
-DESPITE
-Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity in WiFi + Cellular versions-GSM/EDGE
-UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA
-Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)2
-Integrated GPS/GNSS
-Calls via Wi-Fi
-GSM/EDGE
-UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA
-Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands)
-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.)

*The RAM data have not been officially released by Apple, this being a common practice. However, they have been able to be certified thanks to various tests capable of offering this type of data.

Although you will have already seen several differences in the table, to stay with the similarities and differences more important and that we will also analyze later, stay with this:

    Screen:Although there is a 0.1-inch difference, at the size level both panels feel the same. Of course, the 'Pro' has better patent technologies in 120 Hz and the highest resolution and brightness. Processor:Far from what it may seem by nomenclature, the A12Z Bionic chip is more powerful than the A14, so the 'Pro' wins the game in this regard. Internal memory:while the 'Pro' adapts to all kinds of needs in this area, the 'Air' only offers two possibilities, also leaving the base capacity in half that of the 'Pro'. Autonomy:both fulfill exactly the same in this section that is so extremely important in daily use. Accessory Compatibility:both have the same compatible accessories. Both the official keyboards and the Apple Pencil 2, as well as those used via Bluetooth or with the USB-C connector that both have.

A design that is not quite identical

We start with the aspect, perhaps more similar between the two, the design. We all fell in love in 2018 when Apple finally changed the design of the iPad, in this case, only the Pro, giving a device with hardly any frames, with a screen that occupied the entire front of the device, square sides, with the beginning the transition to what we had had in the past.

Apple made an aesthetically groundbreaking and very attractive iPad. The bad? This was given only to the iPad Pro, leaving aside the iPad, iPad mini and iPad Air. Now with the 'Air' and 'mini' range with this form factor, it seems that it is already being standardized and therefore remaining as a non-existent difference.

If we look at the front of both devices, we could apparently say that they are identical, however, when we have one in front of the other, this impression changes and we can realize that the iPad Air has a slightly lower screen, with 10.9 inches that is dwarfed by having a few thicker bezels. Meanwhile, the screen of the iPad Pro reaches 11 o'clock and aesthetically this means that the iPad Air has somewhat thicker edges than those of the iPad Pro, nothing alarming, but there is that minimal difference on the front.

If we move to the rear , the difference is evident, the 11-inch iPad Pro has the camera module, where it houses two lenses and the LiDAR sensor, while the iPad Air has only one camera on the back.

Finally, within the design section, we have to mention the range of colors that one and the other have, the iPad Air having more options for the user, compared to the iPad Pro. The iPad Air can be purchased in 5 colors , Space Gray, Silver, Rose Gold, Green and Sky Blue, while on the iPad Pro we only have two options, Space Gray and Silver.

Key differences in their features

Let's go straight into the main differences in the specifications of these devices, analyzing in a little more depth some of the sections that we had already highlighted after seeing the comparative table and that, we consider, are the main points in which Users who are thinking of purchasing one of these iPad models should pay attention to opting for one or the other because they will be the ones that most affect the user experience they will have with the device.

Screen, the big difference

Surely on the screen lies one of the points where users may doubt whether or not it is worth opting for the iPad Pro to the detriment of the iPad Air. The first difference, as we have already mentioned when we talked about the design of both devices, is in their size, a minimal difference, but it exists, since in the iPad Air we have a 10.9-inch screen compared to the 11-inch screen of the iPad Pro. The change is really practically negligible, although perhaps, if you have already used an 11-inch iPad Pro, you may notice the difference minimally.

However, the big difference comes when we talk about the refresh rate, since on the iPad Pro we have a Pro Motion screen, that is, we have a refresh rate of 120Hz , due to the 60Hz of the iPad Air, and believe me that a screen with a refresh rate like that of the iPad Pro is noticeable, especially if you are already used to it, the user experience that the Pro Motion screen gives you is a real joy of the iPad Pro. Also, on the iPad Pro you get a resolution of 2,388 x 1,668 at 264 ppi while on the iPad Air it is 2,360 x 1,640 at 264 ppi. In the maximum brightness that each one reaches, we also find a slight difference, the iPad Pro reaches up to 600 nits, while in the Air it stays at 500 nits.

In short, Apple has wanted to design a practically perfect screen for all those users who want to use the iPad for professional tasks, hence the name of this last name, and on the contrary, the iPad Air has been designed for an audience that does not really have that need to have the best screen on the market because, in theory, its use will not be dedicated to professional design tasks or the like. Even so, you have to know that although the screen of the iPad Air does not reach that of the iPad Pro, it is still a fantastic panel, which gives users a fantastic experience when it comes to consuming multimedia content or performing tasks of management and productivity.

Capabilities, again Apple?

iPad Pro vs. iPad Air Capabilities

The time has come to pull Apple's ears in this regard and it is that, again, the base capacity of the iPad Air is 64GB, when we all expected at least 128 GB as in the case of the iPad Pro. In addition, this The latter has more options to choose from, since we can buy it with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB, for its part, the iPad Air is only available in 64GB and 256GB.

We hope that in future updates to the iPad Air, Apple will give us the option of an initial device with 128GB of memory, as it has done with the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, especially since many users who purchase this device will use it for productivity tasks, going to university and different actions that surely require a base storage greater than 64 GB.

unlock method

Obviously Apple is not interested in marketing an iPad Air that can cannibalize the sales of the 11-inch iPad Pro, therefore, some of the latter's cutting-edge technologies could not be present in the iPad Air, hence the better facial recognition on the market is not present in the iPad Air, which continues to rely on Touch ID as an unlocking method, unlike the iPad Pro, which has Face ID, which makes us enjoy the enormous comfort of unlocking our iPad practically without touch him.

It should be noted that in the end both are very safe and work great , so in the end it's just a matter of preference and getting used to. Although, it is true, that in the end having to put your finger continuously to unlock is tedious, in the end with the 'Pro' it is also often necessary to double-tap the button to start Face ID recognition.

let's talk chip

The power of the iPad, both the Air and the Pro is undeniable, however, the 11-inch iPad Pro has a very clear advantage, and that is that despite the fact that the iPad Air has the A14 Bionic chip, the iPad Pro It has an A12Z Bionic chip that far exceeds it in several sections, such as when it comes to render images or videos. And it is not that it is something that the 'Air' is not capable of doing, but the times and efficiency make the difference in favor of the 'Pro'.

If a very demanding use is not made , in the end it is a difference that can even be overlooked. And is that the iPad Air performs very well in all sections. It is an iPad more than worthy of being considered high-end, although within the Apple tablets it is located in the middle. Surely, this difference in terms of power and performance is not so great because it really is the software that has been limiting the iPad for years when users can get the most out of it. There really won't be many actions that you can do on the iPad Pro and not on the iPad Air.

USB-C, the great news for the iPad Air

The iPad Air 4 was a big change in this regard for all users who wanted to purchase this model since, finally, it has a USB-C port that gives this device a huge variety of usage options thanks to the accessories that, now yes, they can be connected. However, the iPad Pro is once again above in this aspect since it has Thunderbolt technology in its USB-C port, which opens up even more connection possibilities with other accessories such as external monitors that require a connection speed greater than that provided by the USB-C standard.

However, for all users it is great news that you choose the device you choose, you have the option of being able to use all the peripherals that the fact of having a USB-C port allows you. From connecting hard drives, memory cards to other accessories, the jump in productivity and options that these two devices give you to get the most out of it is brutal.

Differences in cameras? Many

Another of the quite differentiating points between both devices are the cameras, both the number and the type. Despite the fact that the iPad is not really a device that, based on the habitual use of users, is called to be used as a camera, at times and above all, depending on the needs of the user, it can mark the difference to have the varied options that the iPad Pro provides in this case.

For one thing, the iPad Air has a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. On the other hand, the iPad Pro has, on its back, a dual camera module made up of a 12 Mpx wide-angle lens, a 10 Mpx ultra-wide-angle lens and the LiDar sensor, as you can see, a big difference. to put the iPad Pro clearly ahead, but if we go to the front we find another clear advantage of the Pro model compared to the Air, and that is that the former has a TrueDepth camera system with an ultra wide angle of 12 Mpx, a real wonder to be able to offer higher quality in all those work or family video calls that can be made on a day-to-day basis.

Accessories that will enhance your iPad

As we mentioned just a few lines above, the fact that the iPad Air has a USB-C port opens up a world of possibilities in terms of accessories. In addition, you also have that all accessories compatible with the 11-inch iPad Pro are also compatible with the iPad Air. In this section we highlight two especially, the 2nd Generation Apple Pencil and one of the great novelties of 2020 in the iPad range, which is the Magic Keyboard, the keyboard that practically turns your iPad into a laptop thanks to the fact that it integrates, in addition to the keyboard , a trackpad that will be very useful if you are going to use your iPad as if it were a laptop.

Price, is there much difference?

Despite the fact that Apple slightly raised the prices of the Air range, this is still a great option due to all the improvements that it integrates with respect to previous versions, and above all, because Apple has given us practically everything we asked for for the iPadAir. However, as we have seen, there are differences in specific points that, for some users, can be key and enough to spend a little more money and acquire, in this case, the 11-inch iPad Pro 2020.

The iPad Air part of the 649 euros and the iPad Pro at the time of 849 euros. And we say at the time because, with the arrival of those of 2021, they disappeared. However, it is possible to find them in other stores similar prices that may vary, but that are very close to that figure of the iPad Air. Therefore, they compete on equal terms in this regard.

Which one is more worth it?

At this point, it is a personal matter to reflect on the use that each one will demand of the device and decide, based on it, which of the two models is more worthwhile. If you come from previous models of iPad Air or lower ranges, such as the iPad or iPad mini, surely this new iPad Air is more than enough, since it will improve the user experience in all aspects. However, if you come from an old iPad Pro, which did not have the frameless design, but did have the Pro Motion screen, perhaps the most appropriate option is the iPad Pro, so as not to lose something that you already enjoyed before. . Now, if what you are looking for is an iPad with the new design and you do not want to spend a lot of money, without a doubt your option is the iPad Air, do not hesitate, you will enjoy a magnificent user experience.