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iPad Air and Professional: 13-inch, with Pencil Professional help. May the iPad Professional M4 get outshined?

The brand new iPad Professional and iPad Air fashions are actually right here, unveiled throughout an action-packed Apple occasion on Might 7. There are a number of notable enhancements this yr, together with a slimmer iPad Professional design and an enormous 13-inch iPad Air. We additionally get a fancier Apple Pencil Professional.

Now, with the iPad Air line providing an enormous display possibility, and with each the iPad Professional and iPad Air supporting Apple’s new and feature-rich Apple Pencil Professional, I am sure to surprise if Apple may very well be butchering its personal iPad Professional mannequin with the 13-inch iPad Air. Let’s have a look at if that may very well be the case.

iPad followers desire a massive display, and earlier than, simply the iPad Professional provided it

In the course of the occasion, Apple talked about its customers wanting an enormous display and choosing the larger iPad Professional. Because of this, Cupertino now has the iPad Air as a 13-inch variant as nicely. However is that this truly a mistake? It appears I am not the one one contemplating the potential of an enormous however more cost effective iPad Air stealing some clients away from an enormous and really costly iPad Professional. Analysts at TrendForce are also thinking in this direction and predicting fewer gross sales for the Professional than anticipated earlier than.

The 13-inch iPad Professional begins at $1,299 whereas the 13-inch iPad Air is rather more reasonably priced beginning at $799.

Earlier than the large Air existed, in case you needed a big-screened iPad, you’d must go for the costly Professional. Now, you do not have to do this anymore.

However then once more, you would possibly suppose that the iPad Professional’s design improve will make it extra engaging as a result of it is a lot extra skinny now… or so would Apple’s keynote make you consider. Yep, it’s thinner, however truly, in comparison with the Air, it is not that thinner.


  • 13-inch iPad Air: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.24 inches
  • 13-inch iPad Professional: 11.09 x 8.48 x 0.20 inches

It is also not that a lot lighter:

  • 13-inch iPad Air weight: 1.36 kilos
  • 13-inch iPad Professional weight: 1.28 kilos

The iPad Professional is certainly thinner at 0.20 inch (5.1 cm) vs the Air’s 0.24 (6.1mm). Thinner by 1 mm is not precisely groundbreakingly thinner.

However then once more, the iPad Professional’s received…

The M4 chip: uncooked energy that would blow the Air out of the water

Yep, no bubbles within the water anymore… but, jokes apart, now we have the next-generation M4 chip powering the iPad Professional fashions, whereas the Air fashions are powered by the older M2 chip.

In the course of the occasion, Apple made certain you do not assume the Air is for you in case you want the facility.

Additionally, judging by leaked Geekbench outcomes (courtesy of @VadimYuryev on X, co-host and author at in style YouTube channel @MaxTechOfficial), Apple was not mendacity when it emphasised the Professional’s velocity.

  • M4 chip: Single-core: 3,767 Multi-core: 14,677  
  • M3 chip: Single-core: 3,087 Multi-core: 11,702
  • M2 chip*: Singe-core: 2,540 Multi-core: 9,634

*Earlier gen 12.9-inch iPad Professional’s outcomes

Judging by these numbers, the M4 within the iPad Professional may even be quicker than the M3 Professional-powered MacBook Professional 14-inch. You possibly can see in these graphs by YouTuber @MattTalkTech that the M3 Professional beats the iPad Professional in multi-core, however in single-core, it loses.

It is clear that heavy customers or those that need the fastest-working iPad proper now won’t be tempted by the M2 iPad Air. Nevertheless, one may argue that solely the heaviest or pro-ultra-extreme-performance-seeking individuals will go to the iPad Professional, simply because regardless of it being slower than the M4, the M2 remains to be a really quick chipset.

Apple appears to be able to blow its personal MacBooks out of the water with the iPad Professional as nicely, however we’ll have to attend and see what number of professionals select to make use of an iPad as an alternative of a Mac or a MacBook. I am not one among them (preferring to go for an iMac simply because I do not journey when working), however hey, I do not do heavy 3D rendering anyway…

Equipment: iPad Air M2 vs iPad Professional M4

Apple Pencil Professional supported on each iPad Air and Professional

The efficiency beneficial properties of the Professional will certainly appeal to clients away from the iPad Air. However in all probability not everybody who desires an enormous display on an iPad actually desires these speeds. And in actual life, I am certain the iPad Air goes to really feel zippy anyway.

Then comes the second concern which can result in the Air stealing some clients from the Professional. The Apple Pencil Professional. For me, studying concerning the Apple Pencil Professional’s options was essentially the most thrilling a part of the occasion on Might 7. Options like citing a palette to decide on your brush from utilizing Squeeze, Barell Roll for the precision of formed pen or brush, Haptic suggestions… all of these are thrilling, particularly for creatives.

And the brand new Air helps the Apple Pencil Professional. That is, actually, a really fascinating determination from Apple that would certainly sway me (and almost definitely different artistically inclined individuals) towards the Air as an alternative of the Professional. What stands out essentially the most to distinguish the 13-inch Professional now stays sheer energy… and in addition, the…

Magic Keyboard: the opposite factor the Professional has that the Air would not

I am speaking concerning the extra MacBook-like new Magic Keyboard, that isn’t supported for the Air. You now get a devoted row with operate keys and an even bigger trackpad. The general design stays the identical although.

Perform keys on the brand new Magic Keyboard are actually just like a Mac. You get a button for rising and decreasing brightness, altering the quantity, controlling media playback, locking the show, initiating a search, turning on Do Not Disturb, beginning dictation, and extra.

Additionally, the trackpad ought to now be extra snug.

However is that this sufficient to get you to purchase an iPad Professional as an alternative of an Air? For some individuals, almost definitely sure. However I really feel like Apple ought to have added extra fanciness to the keyboard as an alternative of a row of buttons for options I barely use (I’ve solely used the brightness ones and the occasional Do Not Disturb – possibly I must be doing extra with them…) Possibly that is a me factor. However we’ll see.

Conclusion: I nonetheless suppose at the very least a substantial quantity of individuals will probably be drawn away from the Professional

Though we’ll almost definitely have the heavy customers and the efficiency maniacs for the Professional, I think about many people who find themselves extra on the common person facet will go for the Air. Simply because now in case you want a bigger display, you may have it for much less cash. And the Apple Pencil Professional.

After all, we’ll see if I am proper once we truly get a take a look at the iPad Professional and Air gross sales figures, and it is too early now to make a particular conclusion. And as at all times, I stay open to altering my thoughts once we study extra. However for now, I am left right here feeling that Apple may have truly undercut itself.

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