A excellent tablet is the iPad Pro 2022. Because of its sophisticated appearance and potent new M2 CPU, it stands out among other tablets as one of the best. This tablet also performs admirably with new iPadOS 16 capabilities like Stage Manager and Apple Pencil Hover. The iPad Pro 2022 is an easy item to recommend if you’re new to iPads or currently possess a significantly earlier generation.
Yet, the M2 chip is the only significant hardware improvement over the iPad Pro 2021 that the new iPad Pro offers. Although Apple Pencil Hover is only available on the iPad Pro 2022, most users do not necessarily consider it to be a “must-have” feature. It’s difficult to see the value in switching from a current iPad Pro to the new model unless you really want the slight performance bump.
In this review of the iPad Pro 2022, I’ll discuss the tablet’s key features, how it changes from the one from a year ago, and try to help you determine whether or not Apple’s high-end tablet is appropriate for you.
Review of the iPad Pro 2022: Price and Release Date
The new iPad Pro 2022 now available for purchase through the Apple online shop (opens in new tab). The price of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099/£1,249/AU$1,399, while the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799/£899/AU$1,399; however, since these are entry-level devices, they only support Wi-Fi.
The price of the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $999/£899/AU$1,399 if you want Wi-Fi + Cellular. Starting at $1,299/£1,429/AU$2,149 is the 12-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
I evaluated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 5G connectivity, 16GB of Memory, and 1TB of storage. It’s expensive because this setup retails for $1,999 in the US.
The second-generation Apple Pencil ($129) and Magic Keyboard ($349; sold separately) have to be noted as they dramatically increase the price.
iPad Pro review for 2022:
The iPad Pro 2022 shares the same design language as the iPad Pro 2021 and iPad Pro 2020. This isn’t a drawback because its svelte machined aluminum frame and tiny bezels continue to be eye-catching.
The only hues offered are Space Gray and Silver. For those who wanted the iPad Pro to have as many color variations as the new iPad 2022, this might be a drawback. I like that Apple’s standard iPad comes in a range of colors, but I prefer silver or gray devices. If you prefer yellow, that is okay, but I find it to be a little too garish.
The dimensions of the iPad Pro 2022 are 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25 inches, and it has the same weight of 1.5 pounds as the model from the previous year. The weight is increased by the Magic Keyboard to 3 pounds, which is slightly more than the 2.7 pounds each of the MacBook Air 2022 and Dell XPS 13 OLED 2022.
The tablet’s small weight makes it comfortable to carry for extended periods of time even without the keyboard connection. The iPad Pro, in contrast to the enormous 14-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, isn’t overly large and is comfortable in my hands. On the Kindle and Marvel Unlimited apps, reading this was a pleasure.
Review of the iPad Pro 2022: Display
The iPad Pro 2022 I tested had a sizable 12.9-inch mini-LED display with 2,732 x 2,048-pixel resolution and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. That is a large amount of screen real estate for watching your favorite Netflix or YouTube content. Also, the stunning XDR display makes everything on the screen look even better if you’re watching HDR material.
The depth of the colors and the strong contrast between the light and dark aspects in the Avatar: The Way of Water video really caught my attention. The iPad Pro was able to render every shade of blue in Pandora’s world with clarity and distinction. I nearly thought I was seeing a movie trailer in a cinema due to the size of the display.
It is debatable whether reading comic books on the iPad Pro is better or equal to reading actual books. You can see each panel or splash page’s individual details thanks to the high-resolution display. You’ll rarely, if ever, need to zoom in or spin the tablet to view things well because the display is big enough to fit an entire comic book page. The iPad Pro is great for reading your favorite comics overall.
The iPad Pro’s maximum brightness, measured with a light meter, is 586 nits when adaptive brightness is turned off. This is only somewhat more than the iPad Pro 2021 but significantly more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 (463). (571 nits).
The new iPad Pro’s XDR screen uses local dimming zones to achieve its 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, just like the iPad Pro 2021. As a result, we examined the brightness of smaller display sections. In our tests, the iPad Pro 2021’s display’s 10% and 40% regions measured 1,409 and 1,577 nits, respectively, while the full-screen HDR brightness reached 1,290 nits.
This is interesting because the iPad Pro 2021 has higher figures (1,582 at 10%, 1,588 at 40%, and 1,251 nits at full-screen HDR brightness). But not significantly.
Review of the iPad Pro 2022: Performance and 5G
The company’s M2 chip is included in the iPad Pro 2022. Hence, it shouldn’t be surprising that the new tablet performs better than the old one.
The iPad 2022 scored 1,862 on the single-core segment of the Geekbench 5.4 test, which evaluates overall performance, and 8,500 on the multi-core test. The iPad Pro with an M1 processor, on the other hand, received scores of 1,722 and 7,298. The Samsung Tab S8 powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is completely destroyed by these values (1,208 single-core, 3,228 multi-core).
On the 3D Mark Wild Life Unlimited test for graphics, the iPad Pro 2022 achieved a score of 25,259 and 151 frames per second. On the other hand, the slate from previous year achieved test results of 18,263 and 109 fps. This is the latest top-tier device if you enjoy playing games on an iPad.
On the iPad Pro, Genshin Impact ran smoothly and was a pleasant game to play. Even in the middle of a combat, I didn’t see any discernible frame rate decreases. It’s encouraging to see that the iPad Pro 2022 can handle Genshin Impact, one of the App Store’s more graphically demanding apps, with easily.
The new iPad Pro took 23 seconds as opposed to its predecessor’s 21 seconds in our Adobe Premiere Rush video transcoding test, while the iPad Air with an M1 processor took 22 seconds. It’s odd that the M2-powered tablet performs only a little bit slower in this test.
The iPad Pro 2022 model has 5G connectivity, just like the model from the previous year. Using the Ookla Speedtest app, I observed meager download and upload speeds of 13.8 Mbps and 11.2 Mbps on the Verizon network in my Long Island City apartment. When I climbed to my roof, I got better results, with download speeds reaching 137 Mbps and upload speeds reaching 54 Mbps. In other words, the performance of 5G will vary depending on where you are and how strong the signal is.
iPad Pro review for 2022: Final
I have conflicting emotions regarding the new iPad Pro 2022. In all honesty, it’s a well-designed tablet that fulfills your expectations for the top-tier iPad range. Everything from watching videos to playing games to holding conferences to browsing the web to writing and drawing works better than before. The tablet’s M2 processor should also give it some degree of future-proofing. The iPad Pro is a wonderful option for anyone purchasing their first Pro model tablet and is difficult to fault for what it offers.
This tablet doesn’t, however, exist in a vacuum. If you already have an iPad Pro from last year, you don’t really need the new one unless you do intensive design or video editing. Due to its exceptional performance and relative price in comparison to the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2022 is also a fantastic choice for the majority of customers. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is another option for those seeking one of the best Android tablets.
The iPad Pro 2022, on the other hand, might be the upgrade you’ve been looking for if you currently own an older iPad Air or iPad Pro.