Opinion: The new iPad Pro is an incredible technological feat, but why should you upgrade?
Added 04-21-21 01:31:02pm EST - “Just a few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on why the 2018 iPad Pro is one of the best products Apple has ever made and talked about how it was "one of the most future-proof computers ever made." The key point I was trying to convey…” - 9to5mac.com
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Just a few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on why the 2018 iPad Pro is one of the best products Apple has ever made and talked about how it was “one of the most future-proof computers ever made.” The key point I was trying to convey was that the 2020 iPad Pro wasn’t worth upgrading to for most 2018 iPad Pro users. Apple didn’t really give even the most diehard iPad users a reason to upgrade last year. With all of the rumors that were swirling around the next generation (now the current generation), I wanted to recap what kept many of us from upgrading in the hopes that the next version would give us a good reason. So now that we’ve seen the new iPad Pros, are they worth upgrading to? Let’s talk about it.
Before I dive head-first into hardware, let’s just get it out of the way. The software story is missing. We all know it. I’m damn sure Apple knows it too. Don’t fret, though — in seven weeks, we should get a better idea of what the future of iPad software entails at WWDC. One should never buy a product on the hopes of future unannounced software updates, but it’s hard not to imagine that the M1 in these new iPad Pros won’t enable some big new things in iPadOS.
At the end of the day, the way you use these iPads likely isn’t going to be any different over the next seven weeks. So if you just use iPad Pro for basic productivity, you might want to wait until WWDC to buy. But there are plenty of other reasons some people should upgrade. It just depends on what you use iPad Pro for.
One of the iPad Pro’s flagship features is compatibility with the Apple Pencil. The 2018/2020 models have excellent displays, but the new Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED is going to elevate the drawing experience on iPad to a whole new level. It’s significantly brighter and has far better contrast in addition to the existing features like the P3 wide color gamut and ProMotion.
Artists who use iPad Pro for drawing, painting, and animation will definitely benefit from the new display technology. It will produce more vibrant and accurate color, and since the new iPad Pro uses the same Apple Pencil as the previous two generations, you won’t need to upgrade that particular part of the puzzle.
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