2020 iPad Pro vs 2017 iPad Pro – Top Reasons to Upgrade

With Apple releasing the 2020 iPad Pro, most of the 2017 iPad Pro owners are now considering an upgrade. While it’s a tough decision on whether to upgrade from the 2018 iPad Pro to the 2020 iPad Pro, the reasons to upgrade from the 2017 model is pretty obvious.

Now, the confusion that most 2017 iPad owners face is which iPad model to upgrade to. When you upload from the 2017 model, you have two choices – you can either upgrade to the 2018 model, or the 2020 model. Some people may actually bend towards the 2018 model now that it has received a price cut after the release of the 2020 iPad Pro.

Irrespective of the difference in price, we recommend that 2017 iPad Pro users should upgrade to the 2020 iPad Pro. Let us have a detailed look at the top reasons as to why you should upgrade.

2020 iPad Pro vs 2017 iPad Pro – The 2020 iPad Pro is much faster than the 2017 iPad Pro

Whether you plan to use your iPad Pro for professional or daily use, performance becomes a key metric and deciding factor.

From day to day tasks such as browsing internet to memory intensive tasks such as video editing or 3D modelling, the 2020 iPad Pro far outweighs the 2017 model. The higher performance of the 2020 iPad Pro is attributed to the new generation processor and powerful neural engine.

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Source – Apple

The 2020 iPad Pro has an 8 core new generation A12 Z bionic chip whereas the 2017 iPad Pro runs on the older generation A10X Fusion chipset. Both the processors are two generations apart, and hence a difference in performance is obvious.

Apple had mentioned that the A12Z bionic chip in the 2020 iPad Pro provides the best graphics and highest performance ever in an iPad.

A notable difference in performance can be seen across both the models. The 2020 iPad Pro is a lot faster when it comes to application load times, gaming, video editing and rendering, and multi-tasking.

2020 iPad Pro vs 2017 iPad Pro – The 2020 iPad Pro has a Pro Camera and Mic Setup

The 2020 iPad Pro comes with a pro level camera set up resembling the iPhone 11 series, with a 12MP wide angle lens, 10MP ultra wide angle lens, and a LiDAR sensor. The combination of the Wide Angle and Ultra-Wide Angle lenses enables the 2020 iPad Pro in taking pro level photos and videos.

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Camera setup of the 2020 iPad Pro | Source – Apple

The 2017 iPad Pro has a single 12 MP rear camera and the camera system resembles the iPhone 7.

The 2020 iPad Pro camera supports 2160p video recording @24/20/60 fps and 1080p @ 30/60/120/240 fps whereas the the 2017 iPad pro only supports 2160 @30fps and 1080p @30/60/120 fps.

Similar differences have been observed in the front camera as well. The 7MP front camera of the 2020 iPad Pro can record 1080p videos at 30 and 60 fps. On, the other hand, the front camera of the 2017 iPad pro only supports 1080p at 30 fps. Hence, with both the front and back cameras, the 2020 iPad Pro has a far better video recording capability than the 2017 iPad Pro.

The 2020 iPad Pro is also capable of Portrait Mode selfies, a feature which is not yet present in the 2017 model.

The new LiDAR sensor in the 2020 iPad Pro finds use in depth sensing technologies and augmented reality features. This means that applications such as Measure and IKEA Place which use depth sensing technologies will yield more precise results in the 2020 iPad Pro.

The 2020 iPad Pro comes with 6 studio quality mics whereas the 2017 iPad pro comes with two regular mics. An advanced microphone array helps the 2020 iPad Pro in capturing studio quality audio while recording videos.

2020 iPad Pro vs 2017 iPad Pro – The 2020 iPad Pro is better looking, comes with Face ID, and Magic Keyboard Support

When it comes to design and looks, the 2020 iPad Pro clearly takes the lead. The most notable design change lies in the screen size. The 2020 iPad Pro with a very small bezel and the absence of a home button has a high screen to body ratio. Narrow bezels and a big LCD screen with 16M colours gives the user a really good viewing experience while watching or editing videos.

Though the 2017 iPad pro had reduced the borders by around 40% as compared to its predecessors, it still has a very thick bezel when compared against the 2020 iPad Pro.

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2017 iPad Pro | Source – Apple

Overall, the 2020 iPad Pro has all the looks of a modern device. The presence of the raised camera bump on the rear similar to the iPhone 11 series further adds a premium feel to the design. The 2020 iPad Pro is definitely the better looking iPad Pro.

Coming to security, the 2020 iPad Pro uses Face ID to unlock the device, whereas the 2017 iPad Pro uses the conventional finger print sensor in the home button. Face ID is definitely the better option as it is faster and more convenient – you can easily unlock your iPad Pro when you are using it like a laptop (when using magic keyboard) by just looking at it.

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2020 iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard | Source -Apple

The 2020 iPad Pro is also compatible with Apple’s magic keyboard which now comes with trackpad support.

Overall, the 2020 iPad Pro is a great device with which you can take on any regular or high end memory intensive tasks. 2017 iPad Pro owners who are planning to upgrade their iPad Pros should definitively upgrade to the 2020 iPad Pro.

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