Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro – 12 Pros and Cons

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Tech Spec

iPad Air 2

(2014 model)

9.7″ iPad Pro

(2016 model)

12.9″ iPad Pro

(2015 model)

First, the similarities

1.1. Display LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology, fingerprint resistant and anti-reflective

Fully laminated display : the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD are combined with optical bonding to eliminate gaps => superior in terms of glare/reflectance, contrast, black levels, color accuracy and brightness (100 percent sRGB coverage compared to ~70% coverage on older models)

1.2. Pixel density 264 PPI: Believe it or not, the 12.9″ and the 9.7″ versions have the same pixel density (PPI stands for Pixels Per Inch)
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9.7″ iPads have ~45 square inches of viewing areas

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9.7″ iPads have a pixel density of 264 ppi

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The viewing area of the 12.9″ model is 80% bigger than the 9.7″ versions. However pixel density is the same among all 3 models

2. Front camera video
720p HD video recording on the front camera
3. Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed use
4. OS iOS 10 (iPad Air 2 may ship with iOS 9; however, can be freely upgraded to iOS 10 after purchase)
5. Sensors Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer
6. Burst mode Yes, on both front and rear cameras
7. Time-lapse video with stabilization Yes
8. Apple Pay Yes, pay using Touch ID, within apps
9. Wi-Fi 802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac, dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO.

802.11ac delivers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 866 Mbps, and LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps

10. Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 technology

Now, the differences

Tech Spec

iPad Air 2

9.7″ iPad Pro

12.9″ iPad Pro

1.1. Screen diagonal 9.7″ 12.9″
1.2. Screen height ~7.8″ ~10.3″
1.3. Screen width ~5.8″ ~7.8″
1.4. Screen area 7.8 X 5.8 = ~45 sq. inchesipad-pro-9-7-screen-dimensions 10.3 X 7.8 = ~80.2 sq. inches

Approx. 80% bigger than the 9.7″

2.1. Resolution
2048 X 1536 2732 X 2048

Check out this model with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution

2.2. Total pixels 2048 X 1536 = 3,145,728 pixels = 3.1 million pixels (3.1M) 2732 X 2048 = 5,595,136 pixels = ~5.6 million pixels (5.6M)
2.3. Pixels Per Inch (PPI) 264

(2048 pixels/~7.8″ = 264 PPI | 1536 pixels/~5.8″ = 264 PPI)

Note: although the iPad Pro has nearly double the pixels compared to the iPad Air, the pixel density/pixels per inch is identical between the two tablets

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264

(2732/~10.3″ = 264 PPI | 2048/~7.8″ = 264 PPI)

3. Processor A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor. Triple-core, 1.5 GHz
A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor. Dual-core, 2.25 GHz

CPU: 1.8x faster, Graphics: 2x faster than A8

4. RAM 2 GB 4 GB
5. Apple Pencil Not compatible Compatible

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(the Apple pencil comes with advanced features like exceptional accuracy, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection)

6. Smart Keyboard Not compatible

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Compatible

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7. Speakers 2 4; self-balancing, four-speaker audio
8. Available colors Champagne Gold, Silver and Space Gray Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Silver and Space Gray Champagne Gold, Silver and Space Gray
9. iSight rear camera 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording 12 MP photos and 4K HD video recording 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording
10. Live photos NO YES NO
11. Slo-mo video Yes, supports 720p videos at 120 fps Yes, supports 1080p videos at 120 fps and 720p videos at 240 fps Yes, supports 720p videos at 120 fps
12. Video stabilization Yes Yes, Cinematic video stabilization Yes
13. Facetime front camera 1.2-megapixel photos and 720p videos 5-megapixel photos and 720p videos; Retina flash 1.2-megapixel photos and 720p videos
Tech Spec

iPad Air 2

9.7″ iPad Pro

12.9″ iPad Pro

14. Thickness 0.24″ (6.1 mm) 0.27″ (6.9 mm)
15. Weight 1 lbs (469 g) 1.57 lbs (713 g)

~63% heavier

16. Smart Connector ports No Yes, to connect with the Smart keyboard

No more manual pairing of the keyboard with the iPad via Bluetooth. Compatible devices automagically connect with the iPad Pro when the devices snap in through the magnetic port

17. Capacity 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB options available 32, 128 and 256GB model

If you thought that was a lot, check out this model with 1 TB storage

10 Major Pros of the 9.7″ iPad Pro over the iPad Air 2

  1. The all new A9X processor is ~2X faster than the A8X of the iPad Air 2
  2. Compatibility with the Apple Pencil – has high-end features like superior precision, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection
  3. Compatibility with the Smart Keyboard – no more manual pairing via Bluetooth 4.2
  4. Superior Audio – 4 self-balancing speakers on top and bottom of the iPad
  5. Live photos
  6. 12 MP photos on the rear camera and 5 MP photos on the front camera (compared to 8 MP and 1.2 MP photos on the iPad Air 2)
  7. Cinematic video stabilization
  8. 4K video recording
  9. More color options
  10. Bigger storage options

 2 Biggest Cons of the 9.7″ iPad Pro

  1. More expensive: price difference can be about $200
  2. Smaller storage capacities not available – this is NOT a problem; but this jacks up the price

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