6 reasons why you don’t need the iPad Pro M2

6 reasons why you don’t need the iPad Pro M2

Apple brought its next-generation M2 processor to the iPad Pro lineup in 2022. But while this latest version of the iPad Pro is faster than ever, it’s probably not a worthwhile upgrade for most people.

The M2 iPad Pro is powerful, but it has few new features, and only a small percentage of users will actually notice the extra speed.

Below, we’ll look at the top six reasons why the M2 iPad Pro isn’t worth Apple’s asking price, especially if you already own an M1 iPad Pro.

1. M1 is already overkill for most users

When the iPad Pro made the jump from the A12z Bionic chip to the M1 in 2021, it got a huge boost in performance. iPad Pro powered by M1 was up to 45% faster than the previous model. That’s because the M1 is a laptop-class processor built into a tablet.

iPad Pro and iPad Air powered by M1 let you keep dozens of apps running in the background without slowing down. Plus, they play videos faster than many laptops and can easily handle the most demanding games without breaking a sweat.

Going to M1 was a big step forward, but the jump from M1 to M2 is not that innovative. Apple says that the iPad Pro M2’s CPU is only up to 15% faster than the iPad Pro M1’s.

For most users, an iPad Pro M1 has more than enough power to meet their needs now and for the foreseeable future.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of apps on the App Store are designed to work well with iPads and iPhones that have much less power than the M2. So throwing too much processor into a basic app doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see a huge performance boost.

The few instances where you’ll see the M2 run before the iPad M1 (and older models) is when doing CPU-intensive tasks like rendering video and machine learning. Apple claims that the iPad Pro M2’s Neural Engine can perform up to 40% more operations per second than the M1.

That means you’ll see a significant performance boost for apps that use AI-based rendering, like Adobe Photoshop and Octane X.

If your workflow involves 4K video editing, 3D graphics rendering, or heavy application development, the M2 could give your workflow a solid boost. However, for everyone else, it’s probably not worth upgrading at this point.

3. The M2 iPad Pro didn’t get a major redesign

If you were expecting to see Apple reinvent the iPad, the M2 iPad Pro probably left you a bit disappointed. The iPad Pro looks and feels almost exactly the same from 2018, and the iPad Pro 2022 M2 doesn’t change that.

Although the iPad Pro still has a modern design with relatively small bezels, it’s far from a full-screen device. Many expected to see Apple take the M2 iPad Pro a step further by further reducing the bezels and moving the front-facing camera and Face ID sensor to a dynamic island like on the iPhone 14 Pro, or at least a notch.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any of that. Somehow, the iPad Pro is starting to fall behind other iPads. Apple renews its cheapest iPad and moved the front camera from the top of the device to the side. That allows you to stay focused while making video calls in landscape mode. However, Apple did not bring that redesign or any other to the M2 iPad Pro.

4. The iPad Pro doesn’t have an OLED screen yet

Although the M2 iPad Pro got an internal spec bump, it still has the same screen as before. To be fair, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro already has a nice display. iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display supports an impressive 1600 nits peak brightness and supports ProMotion, which means you can boost its refresh rate to 120Hz for a smoother experience.

But as impressive as the iPad Pro’s mini-LED screen is, at the end of the day, it’s still an LCD screen. When comparing LCD to OLED, LCD screens simply can’t deliver the same incredible contrast ratios and perfect blacks as OLED. While the iPad Pro’s screen definitely isn’t bad, there are Android tablets on the market with better screens that cost a lot less.

The 11-inch iPad Pro that starts at $799 still uses the standard Liquid Retina IPS display, and the 12.9-inch version with the mini-LED display starts at $1,099. At that price, you shouldn’t have to compromise on anything.

5. You can get the M1 iPad Pro at a discount right now

One of the great things about Apple when launching a new product is that you can start finding the old model at a discount. Apple has removed the M1 iPad Pro from its official site, but third-party retailers are now offering deep discounts on 2021 iPad Pro models.

As retailers continue to liquidate their stock, expect to see more discounts and lower prices on the M1 iPad Pros. So if you act fast enough, you can save at least a hundred bucks by going with the older model.

6. Save your money and buy some accessories instead

If you already own an iPad Pro M1, you may want to save your money and prefer to invest in some iPad Accessories That Could Boost Your Productivity.

Apple’s Magic Keyboard case is one of the best ways to enhance the functionality of your current iPad. It combines a large touchpad, backlit keys, and USB-C pass-through charging in a compact, lightweight package. And although it is priced at $299, it is your best option if you want to use an iPad to replace your MacBook.

The Apple Pencil is another great accessory to add to your iPad experience. It’s a great tool for taking notes, drawing, and everything else. For $129, the Apple Pencil 2 has best-in-class tracking speed, charges magnetically, and has plenty of built-in tools to fuel your creativity.

The M2 iPad Pro isn’t worth upgrading for most people

While the M2 iPad Pro squeezes even more performance out of the iPad than ever before, it’s not a worthwhile upgrade for most people. The M1 iPad Pro and iPad Air models still offer incredible performance, battery life, and portability, all for less money.

However, if you’re a power user and often use your iPad to render 3D video and graphics, the M2 iPad Pro might be worth a look. For most of us, though, the M1 iPads are already more than fast enough.

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