I’ve Tried Apple’s Sleek New iPad and iPad Pro – Should You Buy Either?

I’ve tried Apple’s new pair of iPads – at opposite ends of the price spectrum – and I’m in love.

If you’re looking to upgrade your tablet, get rid of a laptop, or see what all the fuss is about, you should read our full reviews here.

The new iPad looks amazing thanks to a major redesign

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The new iPad looks amazing thanks to a major redesignCredit: The Sun
Silver is great, but the three other color options might prove even more enticing

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Silver is great, but the three other color options might prove even more enticingCredit: The Sun

New iPad 2022

This is a big year for the iPad.

Finally Apple redesigned the entry-level iPad (10th gen) to get the newer, more angular design.

That means it fits in better with the rest of the line-up. And frankly, it looks better.

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Now it feels like you’re holding a high-quality, modern iPad.

These attractive new looks are supported by a rainbow of new colors including blue, pink and yellow.

Silver stays for those who want it safer.

This is the best the iPad has looked like since it was introduced in 2010.

The new model has a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display that looks fantastic – especially with the redesigned front.

And it’s powered by a blazing-fast A14 Bionic chip. Apple fans will know it from the impressive iPhone 12 Pro.

The Lightning charger (still on the iPhone, but not for much longer) has finally been thrown onto the new iPad.

Instead we have the increasingly common and much more versatile USB-C connector, bringing the iPad in line with other Apple tablets.

The camera system has been updated with an Ultra Wide 12MP selfie shooter and a new 12MP rear camera.

You probably don’t use the iPad for proper photography anyway (save that for the iPhone).

But it’s fine for snapping quick photos: think of a student snapping a presentation slide in a lecture.

The FaceTime quality is also good for what it’s worth.

This time, Apple introduced a new Magic Keyboard Folio with a built-in trackpad.

With it, you can use iPadOS software more productively, MacBook-style.

Unfortunately, you pay an additional $249/£249 for this luxury.

But if you’re a student, office worker, or someone who does a lot of typing, this is a definite improvement over the iPad’s software keyboard.

If you’re looking for a laptop replacement, the add-on keyboard is arguably essential.

Overall, Apple has made some very nice improvements to this year’s new iPad.

The only real downside is the price.

You’re looking at a starting price of $449 / £499, which is no small sum.

The upgrades make this model very enticing, but luckily it’s not your only option.

Apple has kept the older 9th generation iPad model as a more budget-friendly entry-level option.

You’ll pay a far friendlier $329/£369 for that.

So you have to weigh up whether the higher sum is worth the new design, more powerful chip and USB-C charging.

The sun says: A much-improved (but more expensive) iPad looks and works well. An effective and very versatile laptop replacement for casual users. The best tablet in this price range. 5/5

New iPad Pro 2022

Reviewing the new iPad Pro is tough. After all, the old iPad Pro was so good – it’s ultimately a hard gadget to improve on.

Apple managed to introduce some decent upgrades for 2022 that should keep pro users happy.

The new iPad Pro is the best tablet available today

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The new iPad Pro is the best tablet available todayCredit: The Sun

The headline update is the addition of Apple’s own custom built M2 chip.

It’s the same processor that debuted in this year’s new MacBook Pro.

This is a tremendously fast chip, said to be built for laptops, but it works great in the new iPad Pro.

Apple claims it’s 15% more powerful than the M1, with 35% faster graphics to boot.

You can do very serious video and photo editing, music production and design on this device.

Its performance goes far beyond a simple laptop replacement for a little word processing.

But if you’re into it, you should definitely pin the Magic Keyboard.

This lets the iPad “levitate” using magnets, with a MacBook-style keyboard and trackpad making it much more versatile.

You’re paying $299/£319 for the luxury, but it’s worth it if that’s one of your main devices.

I was able to comfortably use my previous generation iPad Pro as a proper work machine, and this new model is even better.

Anyway, back to the improvements.

The Apple Pencil is now enhanced with a new “hover” experience.

You’ll notice this if you swipe it across the home screen without contact: you’ll notice that apps seem to “pop” as you hover over it.

Perhaps a better use is for artists.

In the new version of the Procreate digital art app, you can move a brush to its precise size or color effect – before making contact. Practically!

Full detection height is up to 12mm above the display, which feels about right.

Finally, Apple’s new iPad Pro also supports faster WiFi connections, including WiFi 6E, and offers download speeds of up to 2.4 Gb/s (if your provider can deliver).

Otherwise not much has changed and that was not necessary.

This almost certainly won’t be worth the upgrade from the previous-gen iPad Pro unless you’re cashless and an extreme power user.

But it’s a great buy if you need a powerful machine for creating artwork, on-the-fly editing, or any number of professional uses.

You still have the same great benefits as last year’s model.

That includes a 5G option, a stunning all-screen 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (or 11-inch without the XDR technology to view HDR content in full fidelity), and Face ID.

It’s powered by the increasingly impressive iPadOS and handles pretty much anything you can throw at it.

There are a few downsides.

For example, some work apps that you typically use on a laptop may not be available in the App Store. You just need to inquire beforehand.

And while the iPad Pro is an extremely good mobile gaming machine, it will be lacking on some core PCs games which you can also access on a laptop.

The price is also quite steep, but not entirely out of reach. It’s comparable to a decent laptop.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 / £899, or $1,099 / £1,249 for the 12.9-inch model.

Nonetheless, this is the best there is in tablets. So if you’re looking for the best, you’ve found it.

The sun says: Apple retains the crown for making the world’s best tablet. It’s not cheap, but nothing comes close to the new 2022 iPad Pro. 5/5

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All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.

Always do your own research before making a purchase.

The Magic Keyboard will be a must-have accessory for many iPad Pro buyers

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The Magic Keyboard will be a must-have accessory for many iPad Pro buyersCredit: The Sun
The slim and professional design is great - and belies the processing power inside

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The slim and professional design is great – and belies the processing power insideCredit: The Sun

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