Apple announced the fourth-generation iPad Air, and this highly anticipated tablet finally started shipping.
In terms of design, the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 10.9-inch iPad Air 4 are very similar, and the corners are all the same tough design as the iPhone 12. The camera on the back of the fuselage is raised, and there is no Home button on the front of the fuselage. However, I does not have an 11-inch one on hand, so I compared it with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
iPad Pro only has silver and dark gray, but Apple provides more fun colors for iPad Air, including silver, space gray, rose gold, blue and green.
The iPad Air is only a little smaller than the 11-inch iPad Pro, but the bezel around the screen is thicker, but the gap is not big. But when two tablets are placed side by side, this is obvious. Other than that, the display quality is similar, with one notable exception iPad Pro supports 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate to achieve smoother scrolling and a better overall experience.
Both iPad Air and iPad Pro support Apple Pencil 2, and it is worth noting that writing and sketching are smoother when using the ProMotion display.
iPad Pro is equipped with Face ID’s TrueDepth camera system, which can unlock iPad through facial recognition, while iPad Air uses traditional Touch ID.
There is no “Touch ID” home screen button, but “Touch ID” is built into the power button on the top of the device. It is fast and labor-saving, but you do need to lift the top of the iPad to unlock it, and the experience is not as seamless as Face ID, especially when you use accessories such as a magic keyboard.
The iPad Air is equipped with a single rear camera without a LiDAR sensor, while the iPad Pro has a dual-lens camera with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens options, and a LiDAR scanner with enhanced AR capabilities.
If you don’t usually use the iPad to shoot, there shouldn’t be much difference. Both have the same front 7-megapixel camera, but the “iPad Pro” also has TrueDepth camera functionality.
Like the “iPad Pro”, the “iPad Air” has four speaker cutouts, but only two stereo speakers instead of four. There is a certain difference in sound, and the iPad Pro is even better.
A12Z and A14
The iPad Air 4 has the same A14 processor as the iPhone 12, while the iPad Pro uses the old A12Z processor. In the GeekBench running test, the A14 of the iPad Air 4 is even better, but the A12Z is better in the GPU running score. We have not noticed the difference in photo or video editing, and both are powerful devices. As for RAM, “iPad Air” has 4GB, while “iPad Pro” has 6GB RAM.
There is basically no difference between iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro. Apple said that both iPads can last 10 hours on web and video playback.