2020 iPad Pro vs 2018 iPad Pro – Are the Changes Worth the Upgrade?


After almost a year and a half, Apple has unveiled the latest addition of the iPad Pro. Called as the most advanced iPad Pro by Apple, the 2020 iPad Pro packs a punch when it comes to features and performance.

With this, a lot of the 2018 iPad Pro owners are considering an upgrade. But, the question here is – are the changes between the 2020 iPad Pro and 2018 iPad Pro so significant and impactful that you definitely need to upgrade your existing device.

2020 iPad Pro vs 2018 iPad Pro – What Changed?

The main difference between the 2020 iPad Pro and 2018 iPad Pro are the Camera and Processor. The 2020 iPad Pro comes with a new and never before seen camera setup in an iPad. The camera assembly, which is now hosted on a raised bump on the rear like the iPhone 11 series, comes with a 12 MP Wide Camera, and 10 MP Ultra-Wide Camera.

This additional camera is expected to have the 2020 iPad pro take pro level photos, and videos.

The 2018 iPad Pro as we already know came with a single wide angle camera with no ultra-wide or LiDAR capabilities. Though it is a decent camera, and takes good photos, the camera of the 2020 iPad Pro performs far better.

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Dual Camera and LiDAR setup in the 2020 iPad Pro | Source – Apple

The camera setup in the 2020 iPad Pro also includes a LiDAR sensor. Apple mentions that the presence of the LiDAR aids in Depth Sensing technologies and significantly contributes to the Augmented Reality feature, and thereby a much enhanced Pro Camera Experience.

2020 iPad Pro also carries a Brighter True Tone flash as compared to the 2018 iPad Pro. A brighter true tone flash will guarantee much clearer shots at night.

Owing to the presence of a set of five studio quality mics, the 2020 iPad Pro

is also a solid performer when it comes to recording audio, especially in a professionally studio setting.

From a performance stand point, what makes differs among the 2020 iPad Pro, and 2018 iPad Pro are the processors that they carry. The 2020 iPad Pro carries an 8 core A12 Z Bionic chipset whereas the 2018 iPad Pro carries the previous generation 8 core A12 X Bionic chipset.

Though the A12 Z Bionic chipset is a definite upgrade over the A12 X Bionic chipset, a notable difference in performance in day to day usage will not be that significant. Changes in performance can be observed while running memory intensive tasks such as 4K video editing, or 3D design modelling.

Source – Apple

When it comes to memory, the 2020 iPad Pro clearly takes the lead as it comes with 6 GB of RAM across all models whereas on the 2018 iPad Pro, 6 GB of RAM came with only the 1 TB variant. Again, this may not bring a noticeable change in performance in day to day usage. But, having a much powerful processor and an extra 2 GB of RAM could prove useful a few years down the lane as these devices age.

Are the Changes Worth the Upgrade ?

In case you have a 2018 iPad Pro, and your requirement for the same is limited to running day-to-day tasks, we would recommend that you need not upgrade to 2020 iPad Pro unless you want the benefits of a dual camera set up.

However, if your idea is to have a powerful system capable of performing memory-intensive tasks such as studio purposes (video editing, for example), we would recommend that you upgrade from the 2018 iPad Pro to the 2020 iPad Pro since as it has 2GB of extra RAM, a much better camera, and an advanced processor. Considering your use case, the upgrade is completely worth it.

Coupling the 2020 iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard gives you a laptop level experience (or even better in some cases).

Now that the 2020 iPad Pro is in the market, the price of the 2018 model is expected to significantly come down. Even in such a scenario, we highly recommend that new buyers should definitely go for the 2020 iPad Pro.

For 2017 iPad Pro users, the upgrade to 2020 iPad Pro is highly recommended irrespective of whether you plan to use it for regular or heavy tasks, as this would give you a powerful machine with a really good display and much higher performance numbers.