2021 M1 iPad Pro vs. 2020 iPad Pro: Is It Worth Upgrading?

In our latest YouTube video, MacRumors videographer Dan goes hands-on with the new 12.9-inch 2021 M1 iPad Pro and compares it to the 2020 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ to answer the question "Is it worth upgrading?"


Compared to the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌, the 2021 model features an upgraded ‌M1‌ chip that's faster, a new Center Stage option powered by an Ultra Wide front-facing camera, a much improved mini-LED display that has much better contrast and blacker blacks, and a Thunderbolt port that improves connectivity with peripherals.

Make sure to check out the video to see what Dan thought and whether it's worth upgrading at this point in time, and watch to the end to see a Magic Keyboard comparison.

For a full rundown on all of the differences between the 2020 and the 2021 ‌iPad Pro‌ models, we have an in-depth iPad Pro Buyer's Guide that's designed to help you decide whether to make a purchase, plus there's also a version that compares the 2021 iPad Pro to the more affordable iPad Air.

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Top Rated Comments

ghanwani Avatar
14 months ago
[S]No, it's not worth upgrading![/S]

Edit: I have never owned an iPad but I feel compelled to share my wisdom.

Edit #2: [S]On second thoughts, [/S]as an $AAPL shareholder, I strongly recommend you upgrade.

Edit #3: And if you don't own an iPad, there's never been a better time to get one.

Edit #4: This should not be construed as medical, legal, or financial advice.

Edit #5: Struck out the original recommendation to avoid confusion.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darkslide29 Avatar
14 months ago
It seems like the answer should be “Ask again after WWDC”.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marmiteturkey Avatar
14 months ago

I don’t know about that (bolded). Certainly pre 2018, upgrade is well worth it. After 2018, yeah sure the new ones are better and upgrade if you can, but certainly not definitely. They still speed along like rockets.
Writing this on a 2018 12.9 which is still lightning fast, with a decent screen and all-day battery (despite daily use). Not even slightly tempted right now. Perhaps iPadOS will change things in the summer but I doubt it. There’s nothing I can find that really tests the 2018 hardware still.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mi7chy Avatar
14 months ago
Looked good until zoomed in...



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Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joniz Avatar
14 months ago
It’s funny when people say they’re upgrading because they want a new device that is “future proof.”

Isn’t that what you said when you bought the model you already have?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Drogba11 Avatar
14 months ago
Keeping my 2018 Pro 11", it's one of the most futureproof products Apple have ever made. Maybe iPadOS 15 will put it through its paces
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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