iPad Air 2022 vs iPad Pro 2021, which option is better?

If you are thinking of buying a new iPad, you are likely to have doubts about which models to choose, if the new iPad Air 2022 or the iPad Pro which Apple announced in 2021. The two tablets share many features, such as a flat-edged design with an aluminum back, up to 10 hours of battery life, support for Apple Pencil and the Second-generation Magic Keyboard, and most importantly; the M1 chip. However, the company’s two most powerful iPads also have key differences that can be crucial when choosing one device or another. Among them, the technology of the screen or the price. But, Which model is the most worth it? We compare them.

One of the main reasons you can last between choosing an iPad Air or an iPad Pro is that they both have the same processor. Both include the M1 chip, an Apple-designed SoC originally intended for Macs, but proven to perform extremely well on both tablets. The chip configuration is exactly the same in both cases, so the performance is identical. Except, yes, for the iPad Pro 2021 variant with more storage, since its RAM memory increases to 16 GB, instead of 8 like the other versions.

The battery, in fact, is also the same. This is partly due to CPU optimization. The iPad Air 5 and the iPad Pro, so They have up to 10 hours of internet browsing with WiFi and 9 hours with mobile data.

Now we are starting to see the differences between the different memory settings. The iPad Air is available in 64 and 128 GB, while the iPad Pro has both versions and additional options of 256, 512 GB and 1 or 2 TB.

iPad Air 2022 iPad Pro 2021
Dimensions 24.76 (height) x 17.85 (width) x 0.61 (thickness) cm 24.76 (H) x 17.85 (W) x 0.59cm
Filter 10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS, 2360 x 1640 pixel resolution, 264 ppi and 500 nits brightness 11-inch Liquid Retina IPS with 2388 by 1668 pixel resolution and 264 pp, 600 nits brightness and 120Hz ProMotion technology
Processor M1 chip with 8-core CPU and GPU M1 chip with 8-core CPU and GPU
RAM 8 GB 8 GB (16 GB in versions with 1 or 2 TB of memory)
Storage 64 or 256 GB 128, 256, 512 GB, 1 or 2 TB
connectivity Wi-FI 6, model compatible with 5G networks, USB C, Bluetooth 5.0, MIMO, integrated GPS/GNSS Wi-FI 6, model compatible with 5G networks, USB C, Bluetooth 5.0, MIMO, integrated GPS/GNSS
Camera frontal 12-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide angle with Centered Framing TrueDeph 12-megapixel f/2.4 center frame camera
Camera Major 12-megapixel wide-angle with f/1.8 aperture – 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/1.8 aperture
– 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
– LiDAR sensor
Battery Up to 10 hours of browsing on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on mobile networks Up to 10 hours of browsing on WiFi and up to 9 hours of browsing on mobile networks
Accessories Compatible with second generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard (sold separately) Compatible with second generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard (sold separately)
Others Touch ID on the side, iPadOS 15, stereo sound Face ID, iPadoS 15, quad-speaker system, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port
Price From 679 euro From 879 euros

On-screen differences

iPad Pro 2021 screen.

Where there are significant differences is on screen. To begin with, andl iPad Pro is available in two screen sizes: 11 and 12.9 inches. The two panels are a little different, since the more compact model has an LCD backlight and the 12.9-inch version has a mini-LED. The resolution, yes, is the same, despite being adapted so that both have a density of 264 pixels per inch. The 5th generation iPad Air is only available in a 10.9-inch version, a size slightly smaller than iPad Pro despite having the same dimensions, but caused by a slight thickness in the borders of the front screen. The 2360 x 1640 pixel resolution also offers a density of 264 pixels per inch.