iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Is A Bigger iPad Better?

Published on November 6 2015

Will the iPad Pro eat the iPad Air's lunch?

When the iPad first came out in 2010 Steve Jobs said its 9.7-inch form factor was the PERFECT size for a tablet and that no other sizes were needed. But then came the 7.9-inch iPad mini–and, I mean, who would ever need MORE than two sizes of an iPad? Of course, then iPad (and tablet sales in general) started tanking–iPad sales have been declining 20% year over year as most people find that, unlike iPhones, there’s not a lot of point in getting a new tablet each year. That’s when Apple rolled out the big one–the iPad Pro. It is an iPad, the company hopes, that will bring life back into the iPad line and convert the all-important enterprise and creative people from laptops to tablets.

As the iPad Pro won’t ship until late November, it’s yet to be seen if that will work, but for now let's take a look at the new iPad Pro versus the popular iPad Air 2 to see how they compare and which you should buy this holiday season.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Design and Specs

iPad Air 2

  • Display: 9.7-inch 2048×1536 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 16, 64, and 128GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A8X and M8
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 238.8 mm × 167.6 mm × 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 437 grams

iPad Pro

  • Display: 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
  • Storage: 32 and 128GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Touch ID: yes
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 305 mm × 220 mm × 7 mm
  • Weight: 710 grams

We’ll get to the big difference (the display) in just a bit. But first let's take a look at the some of the major internal differences between the two tablets. The biggest differences are in the RAM and CPU department. Apple has packed 4GB of RAM into the iPad Pro–it’s most ever and TWICE as much as the 2GB of RAM found in the iPad Air 2. That extra RAM combined with the A9X processor found in the Pro means the thing will wipe the floor for the Air when it comes to processing power. Apple says the A9X chip has 1.8 times the CPU performance and 2 times the GPU performance of the A8X chip found in the Air.

But besides the RAM and CPU, many of the internal specs of the two tablets are the same. They both have the exact same cameras. Each features a paltry 1.2MP 720p HD camera front FaceTime camera and a slightly more powerful 8MP 1080p HD rear iSight camera. Each iPad also includes the same Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Touch ID and Bluetooth (though the iPad Pro has slightly newer Bluetooth 4.2, but you won’t notice a difference).

As far as storage goes, the iPad Pro only comes in two models: 32 or 128GB, where the iPad Air 2 comes in three models: 16, 64, or 128 GB. It’s also worth noting the iPad Pro has four internal speakers, so the sound quality of audio should be much improved over the Air.

On the design front, both iPads feature the same aluminum body and both come in Space Grey, Gold, or Silver. The iPad Air 2 is still the thinner one at 6.1mm thick versus the iPad Pro’s 7mm thickness.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Display

Of course the most noticeable difference between the two is the size of their displays. The iPad Air 2 features a 9.7-inch display of 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch. The iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel display at 264 pixels per inch. You’ll note that their PPIs are the same, meaning the displays look identical to the naked eye–the iPad Pro’s is just larger.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Key Features

But of course the iPad Pro isn’t just called the Pro because it has faster specs and a bigger display. It also has a few advanced features that the iPad Air two doesn’t have. These features, however, come in the form of optional accessories. The iPad Pro works with the new Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus that allows artists to work on the iPad as never before. The reason the Pencil only works with the iPad Pro is because of a new Multi‑Touch subsystem built directly into the iPad Pro’s display.

The less cool unique feature is the optional iPad Pro Smart Keyboard accessory. This is essentially an Apple-made keyboard cover for the iPad. I say this feature is less cool because there are plenty of third-party keyboard covers you can buy for the iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro: Price and Verdict

Here’s the rundown of the various costs for the different models of each iPad:

iPad Pro: Wi-Fi 32 GB $799, Wi-Fi 128 GB $949, Wi-Fi + Cellular 128 GB $1079.

iPad Air 2: Wi-Fi 16 GB $499, 64 GB $599, 128 GB $699; Wi-Fi + Cellular 16 GB $629, 64 GB $729, 128 GB $829.

As you can see, the iPad Pro (UK pricing not yet available) is significantly more expensive than the iPad Air for the comparable storage size. But cost shouldn’t be the deciding factor for which you buy.

You should get an iPad Pro if you are a professional in the video, graphics, or design industry and you want a touch screen tablet to work on. Or you should get the iPad Pro with Smart Cover if you want to ditch your laptop and carry around a tablet replacement.

But for everyone else, the regular iPad Air 2 is probably the best fit–literally. It’s 9.7-inch display is much easier to hold with one hand, or with both hands while reading in bed at night. In short, the iPad Air 2 is an everyman device. The iPad Pro, one the other hand, as the name suggests, is designed with professionals in mind.

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