The standard iPad, the last Apple tablet still using Lightning, made the switch to USB-C this week. The slate also took other steps towards usability, like placing the front camera on the long side – no one will be video conferencing in portrait mode.
Apple also introduced new iPad Pros with the M2 chipset, putting them on par with the 2022 MacBook Air, one of the most powerful passively cooled machines money can buy. Also starting this week, Blackmagic Design announced that the DaVinci Resolve video editor is coming to iPad in Q4. Coupled with the powerful M2 chip, the new Pros could be the perfect device for video editing in the field.
Or are? Let’s go shopping. An Apple iPad Pro 11 (2022) with 128 GB starts at $800. You might want more storage, so here are the prices: 256GB for $900, 512GB for $1,100, 1TB for $1,500, and 2TB for $1,900. Yes, the USB-C port is fast, but the video editing from a card reader is probably not practical. You may also want to spend an extra $200 for 5G connectivity (or not, the connection is pretty simple). And you almost certainly want a keyboard (touchscreen commands aren’t a replacement for keyboard shortcuts when doing serious work). It will be another $300.
If you edit short videos that fit 128GB of storage, you’re looking at a $1,100 bill. $1,450 if you opt for the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) for its larger screen and battery (the larger keyboard is $50 more expensive). Meanwhile, a MacBook Air M2 (13.6-inch screen, 256GB SSD) will set you back $1,200, though that’s with an 8-core GPU. To match the iPad Pros with 10 cores, you’ll have to go for the $1,500 512GB model.
We don’t have to tell you that macOS is much better at multitasking and juggling files than iPadOS. Additionally, MacBook Air has two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports (plus a separate MagSafe 3 port for charging) and a 3.5mm jack so you can listen to uncompressed Bluetooth recorded audio.
Even aside from video editing, Excel on iPad has infamous bugs. Is there a real professional activity in which the iPad Pro is better than a MacBook, even an Air? Maybe jobs that make use of the Apple Pencil, but we find it hard to think of anything else.
So will you be buying an iPad Pro (2022), either the 11″ or 12.9″ model? Or do you prefer to go with a Mac? Vote below or if that doesn’t work cast your vote here.
Let’s go back to the Apple iPad (2022), the tenth edition. It uses an older Apple A14 chipset (also used in the iPhone 12 generation in 2020), a step up from the A13 used in the 2021 model. A succinct way to describe this tablet is an iPad Air (2022) without the M1 chip.
Well that’s not Quite accurate: we already mentioned the best position of the front camera. But there’s also a downside, the iPad’s newfound love of USB-C doesn’t mesh well with its support for just the original Apple Pencil. You know, the one that needs a Lightning port to charge. Apple includes an adapter for USB-C, but we’re a bit sick of dongles.
Still, it’s not a bad deal for $450, although prices outside of North America are slightly less attractive: €580/₹45,000. Also, the old iPad (2021) is sticking around for $330 / €430 / ₹34,000 as a cheaper alternative (well, the 2021 model was $330 at launch, so it’s actually the case that the new one is more expensive). You lose the USB-C port, some performance, and some screen real estate, but the two tablets are similar enough. Finally, you can also have a keyboard with this one, although it costs almost as much as the tablet itself, $250 / €300 / ₹25,000.
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