iPad Pro M1 2021 Review

iPad Pro M1 2021

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The iPad Pro 2021 has been creating waves recently in the Tech world. And most techies would want to own one. Here’s a quick review of what Apple has to offer for this new device.

iPad Pro M1: To Buy or Not To Buy?


At first glance, the iPad Pro M1 2021 doesn’t look any different compared to the 4th generation iPad Pro 2020. The whole 12.9-inch model looks and feels the same except for the fact that it’s a little thicker to make room for the new liquid retina XDR display.

Of course, the same display of minimal bezels and no home button feature is still a great feature. The sides are flat and squared off which brings a nostalgic feel to the iPhone 4. As for the available colors, Apple offers the iPad Pro M1 in space gray and silver.

Apple has also made a few tweaks on the magic keyboard to fit this latest model. This will be good news for those that want to use this accessory on the go.


This is where the rubber meets the road. Apple previously used the A12Z chips last year, and now it boasts of using the M1 Chip that was designed supposedly for Macbook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro, and other models.

The M1 chip is expected to have a modest increase in single-core performance and a significant boost in multi-core performance. This makes the iPad Pro M1 a beast when it comes to the latter compared to other iPads. This shortens the time frame for exporting videos or compressing/uncompressing files just to name a few.

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The iPad Pro M1 still comes with the standard features like:

  • ProMotion 120 Hz refresh
  • P3 Wide color
  • True Tone

If that wasn’t enough, Apple threw in the XDR Liquid Retina Display with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. This will bring your favorite TV shows, movies, photos, and edited videos to more life-like detail.

The contrast ratio was achieved because of the mini-LED technology. The iPad Pro M1 is now packed with 10,000 mini-LEDs that are 120 times smaller than its predecessor. They are grouped into 2,500 local dimming zones which in turn brings the user to a whole new level of reality in terms of visual details.

And because of this, the brightness can be boosted up to 1000 nits in full-screen display and up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness in HDR view.

Memory and Storage

With the M1 chip, the memory and storage are just a marvel to behold. Just take a look at the specs below:

  • 8-core CPU with 4 efficiency cores and 4 performance cores
  • 8-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB RAM models with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage
  • 16GB RAM models with 1TB or 2TB storage

This means running at least 4 apps altogether wouldn’t be much of a problem anymore. 1 TB memory isn’t new. But 2 TB is just jaw-dropping.

Multitasking, editing large video and photo projects, iPad Pro workflows, and switching from one app to another will be a piece of cake.


5G connectivity is top tier compared to others, and I admit it still needs a lot of improvement. The $200 monthly premium is quite a bummer though. Especially if your 5G iPhone 12 works just fine as a mobile hotspot.

The iPad also features the WiFi-6 which is said to work well in areas with plenty of connected devices, increased capacity, higher data rates, and better power efficiency,

Additional Features

1. Center Stage

This feature has a wider field of view although it performs slower at f/2.4 aperture versus the last years’ f/2.2 depth camera. The upside is it has a higher resolution camera from 7 megapixels to 12 megapixels. The sides are distorted though on the edges because of the fish-eye effect.

However, Apple has since solved that problem with this feature. Center Stage lives up to its name by keeping the subject in the middle. It does this by automatically panning, cropping, and correcting as long as the subject is in the frame. It’s just like having your own camera person.

This feature supports Zoom, Facetime, and other video calling apps.

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2. Thunderbolt Support

You can now plug in Thunderbolt devices like SSDs or docks. At the same time can also use the Thunderbolt speeds which for those who have experienced it know it’s pretty quick.

The Drawback

  • No multi-user Support
  • No extended desktop support for external displays
  • Clamshell Mode
  • Multitasking with support for windowed iPhone apps
  • No other colorway available except for silver and space gray

There is a lot of room for improvements but we’re sure that Apple engineers are working their butts off to make that happen.

Let us know what you think about the iPad Pro 2021 M1 in the comments section below.