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Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) tablet review - The Apple tablet sparks the M1-Turbo

Power upgrade. Unlike its bigger brother, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) does without a MiniLED display and continues to rely on IPS. Above all, the new M1 chipset enables an enormous performance boost and, with 5G and USB 4, other components are also brought up to date.
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From the outside, the Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) cannot be distinguished from its predecessor, although it is a few grams lighter. Inside, the Californians rely on the same chipset that they use in the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air, thereby providing the iPad Pro 11 (2021) with a noticeable performance boost compared to the model that came before it. Also, the amount of RAM that Apple offers brings the tablet closer to laptops, but Apple continues to use iPadOS instead of splashing out on the fully-fledged Mac OS.

High-end tablets are now few and far between. Above all, the Galaxy Tab S7 is a solid Android alternative, while Lenovo also wants to gain a foothold in the upper echelons with the Tab P11 Pro.

Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (iPad Pro Series)
Processor
Apple M1 8 x 2.1 - 3.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
11.00 inch 4.3:3, 2388 x 1668 pixel 265 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, IPS, Liquid Retina Display, 1.8% reflectivity, supports Apple Pencil 2, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 114.35 GB free
Connections
1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Digital compass, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (Quad-Band), 3G (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 77), 5G (n1, 2, 3, 5 , 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 79, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.9 x 247.6 x 178.5 ( = 0.23 x 9.75 x 7.03 in)
Battery
28.65 Wh, 7538 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8) + 10 MP (Ultra Wide, 125°, f/2.4) + LiDAR scanner
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (TrueDepth, 122°, f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Quad, Keyboard: onscreen, 20 W charger, USB Type-C cable, documentation, stickers, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, Thunderbolt/USB 4 port with support for: Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gb/s), USB 4 (up to 40 Gb/s), USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gb/s), Body-SAR: 0.99 W/kg, fanless
Weight
468 g ( = 16.51 oz / 1.03 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1049 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
92.6 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
468 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
90.4 %
04/2020
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
471 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
90.7 %
11/2020
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
458 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
90.1 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
500 g6.3 mm11.00"2560x1600
85.9 %
04/2021
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
SD 730G, Adreno 618
485 g5.8 mm11.50"2560x1600
88.4 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.80"2560x1600

Case - Slim aluminium unibody

Apple remains true to the iPad Pro series with the new iPad Pro 11's slim design, but it is a few grams lighter again, as we mentioned earlier. This weight difference does not make a noticeable difference in everyday usage, though. As in previous years, Apple offers the tablet in Space Gray and Silver.

Our unit is well-built, and its slim chassis is comfortable to hold. The gaps between materials are tight and even too with no apparent flaws. Additionally, the tablet retains its predecessor's 83% screen-to-body ratio, which remains good. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) has slightly thicker bezels than its predecessor, but these make it easier to hold without accidentally triggering the display.

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) endured our attempts to twist it, and did not make a sound when we did so. Also, we had to press hard on the display to distort it, but the waves disappeared once we lifted our finger. In short, you should not fear any stability problems with the iPad Pro 11 (2021), despite its large surface area.

When choosing materials, Apple continues to focus on sustainability and uses for the iPad Pro, among other things, recycled aluminium, tin and rare earths.

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Size comparison

304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs264.28 mm / 10.4 inch 171.4 mm / 6.75 inch 5.8 mm / 0.2283 inch 485 g1.069 lbs253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 500 g1.102 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 458 g1.01 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 471 g1.038 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs

Connectivity - Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 in the iPad Pro 11 (2021)

The inconspicuous Type-C port in the Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) is surprisingly powerful and supports the most modern transmission standards. In addition to Thunderbolt 3, the Type-C port also meets the new USB 4 standard, allowing the tablet to transfer data at up to 40 Gbit/s. However, Apple includes a USB 2.0 cable in the box, so you must purchase an additional cable if you want to utilise the tablet's fast data transfer. The Type-C port supports wired image output too and can output at up to 6K via DisplayPort. Those who use HDMI must settle on a lower resolution, though.

Storage expansion is still not possible, but Apple sells models with up to 2 TB of storage. The prices for the Wi-Fi variant are as follows:

  • 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage: US$799 (US$6.24 per GB)
  • 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage: US$899 (US$3.51 per GB)
  • 8 GB RAM, 512 GB storage: US$1,099 (US$2.15 per GB)
  • 16 GB RAM, 1 TB storage: US$1,499 (US$1.50 per GB)
  • 16 GB RAM, 2 TB storage: US$1,899 (US$0.95 per GB

If you also need 5G support, you must pay an additional US$200 for each variant. So, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) can be configured up to US$2,099.

Topside: Speaker, 2x microphone, speaker, power button
Topside: Speaker, 2x microphone, speaker, power button
Left-hand side: Microphone
Left-hand side: Microphone
Right-hand side: Volume buttons, Apple Pencil magnetic connector, SIM slot
Right-hand side: Volume buttons, Apple Pencil magnetic connector, SIM slot
Bottom side: Speaker, USB Type-C port, speaker
Bottom side: Speaker, USB Type-C port, speaker

Software - iPad Pro M1 with iPadOS 14.6

The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) ships with iPadOS 14.6. The tablet supports the Scribble function in more languages now, including German. For reference, Scribble is Apple's optical character recognition (OCR) service that automatically recognizes handwritten words and converts them into text. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) can use Scribble system-wide, allowing you to replace a keyboard with the optional Apple Pencil.

In general, nothing has changed in the system design compared to the iPad Air 4. One advantage that all iPads offer compared to other tablets is a long-term supply of updates. For example, Apple has released iPadOS 15 to the iPad Air 2 (2014, Apple A8X) and the iPad 5 (2017, Apple A9), despite their age. We expect Apple to supply the new Pro model with at least five year's of updates, although Apple has not provided any official information on this.

Communication & GNSS - An Apple tablet with exact location

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) supports all current cellular standards, provided you purchase a variant with a cellular modem. The tablet offers a broad frequency spectrum and leaves nothing to be desired, in this regard. However, Apple dispenses with 5G mmWave for the European variants of the iPad Pro 11 (2021), which is the model we received. Our review maintained decent cellular network signal strength during our tests.

Wi-Fi 6 is available for home Wi-Fi, but the iPad Pro 11 (2021) does not support the newer Wi-Fi 6E standard. Unfortunately, Apple also refrains from using the 160 MHz frequency, which resulted in comparatively low transfer speeds when we tested our review unit with our reference Netgear Nighthawk AX12 router. As a result, if you opt for a 2 TB model and want to backup your data over Wi-Fi, then you must wait a little longer than you would on devices that support the 160 MHz band. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) maintained stable transfer speeds during our tests, though.

With a full five microphones, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) offers good communication quality, which is also convincing in everyday usage. Videotelephony moves even more into focus with the new iPad Pro 11 thanks to Centre Stage, which tracks people as they move around in shot. Specifically, the tablet's front-facing camera can follow you, framing you optimally even if you move or are off-centre for some reason. Centre Stage also works if there are multiple people in the shot. The technology works well in our experience, albeit only currently with FaceTime. However, Apple has opened Centre Stage to developers and, among other things, Zoom has already announced that it will support the function soon.

The iPad Pro 11 can use either a nano-SIM card or an eSIM.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
828 (752min - 864max) MBit/s ∼95% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (385min - 848max) MBit/s ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
679 (653min - 709max) MBit/s ∼78% -13%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
645 (569min - 750max) MBit/s ∼74% -17%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
645 (630min - 659max) MBit/s ∼74% -17%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼100% +62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
836 (624min - 890max) MBit/s ∼78% +27%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
658 (623min - 676max) MBit/s ∼62%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
609 (572min - 622max) MBit/s ∼57% -7%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
555 (508min - 597max) MBit/s ∼52% -16%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
541 (500min - 571max) MBit/s ∼51% -18%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø658 (623-676)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø768 (385-848)

Apple did not provide any precise information about the satellite navigation systems that the iPad Pro 11 (2021) supports. However, it can be assumed that it supports global systems like GPS, Glonass, BeiDou and Galileo. Also, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) probably supports the Japanese QZSS.

To determine our review unit's location accuracy, we took it on a short test ride with the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer. As the screenshots below show, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) consistently maps a more precise route than the Garmin Edge 500 does and with hardly any deviations. Hence, we could recommend using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) for navigation.

GNSS test ride: circumnavigating a lake
GNSS test ride: circumnavigating a lake
GNSS test ride: Taking a corner
GNSS test ride: Taking a corner
GNSS test ride: Summary
GNSS test ride: Summary

Cameras - Equipped for all situations

Selfie with portrait mode
Selfie with portrait mode

On the front, we find a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 122° field of view. This is primarily intended for video telephony, and as a consequence, selfies look a bit muddy, especially with portrait mode active. In addition, the camera is not always able to compensate for bright areas in an image, resulting in burned-out areas. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) can record videos in up to 1080p at 60 FPS, for reference.

The camera setup on the back is unrivalled for a tablet; both lenses takes good pictures in daylight. Moreover, the short recording distance of about 5 centimetres is ideal for taking photos of documents. Apple has also included an auxiliary LED for when there is little light. In addition, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) has an ultra-wide-angle camera that takes decent photos. In our opinion, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) has a better ultra-wide-angle camera than those in many smartphones. At best, the tablet can record videos in 4K at 60 FPS. The results are convincing, but there is no Dolby Vision support, unlike on modern iPhones.

The LiDAR scanner is already an old acquaintance that Apple included in the previous model. The sensor can measure and capture three-dimensional representations of objects, rooms and even people.

Close up
Close up
LiDAR scan
LiDAR scan
Camera settings

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Under controlled lighting conditions, the new iPad Pro 11's cameras confirm our thoughts that we discussed above. Our review unit captures details sharply and richly while not compromising on its contrast ratio. As our test shots show, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) maintains contrast levels into the edges of an image.

However, the tablet reproduces colours too brightly and with an emphasis on oversaturation. The latter is particularly true when it comes to dark green, but our review unit does a good job overall.

ColorChecker
9.4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Pro 11 2021: 6.3 ∆E min: 1.73 - max: 14.52 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
54.9 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Pro 11 2021: 46.97 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 92.94 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - The iPad Pro 11 still comes with a charger

Apple includes a few accessories with the iPad Pro 11 (2021), namely a 20 W charger, a USB Type-C data or charging cable and a SIM tool. Some safety instructions and a brief description in multiple languages about the tablet can also be found in the box, as can two Apple stickers.

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) comes with 12 months manufacturer's warranty, which is separate from any warranty that a third-party retailer offers. You can read more about warranties in our dedicated FAQ. Apple still offers its AppleCare+ program, which covers two incidents of accidental damage over two years. AppleCare+ costs US$129 for the iPad Pro 11, which you can also repay in part at US$5.99 per month. Apple charges a US$49 service fee for each incident, or US$29 for one with an Apple Pencil or an Apple-branded iPad keyboard. These prices exclude taxes, for reference.

In addition to adapters, data cables, power supplies and covers, Apple also sells keyboard covers for the iPad Pro 11 (2021). Ones designed for older iPad Pro 11 models work with the 2021 edition. The Magic Keyboard is now also available in white, while the tablet is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2.

Input Devices & Operation - Face ID provides security

The new iPad Pro 11's capacitive touchscreen is protected by an unspecified glass, which provides no resistance when we swipe or slide our finger across. However, the screen quickly looks rather greasy, even with the grease-repellent coating that Apple applies. Nevertheless, the touchscreen responds precisely and rapidly, not least because of the 120 Hz panel behind it. Correspondingly, navigating through iPadOS feels fast and fluid.

Face ID, which recognizes faces reliably and quickly, provides biometric security on the iPad Pro 11 (2021). The three-dimensional face recognition is also more secure than 2D variants that only utilise the front-facing camera.

Like its predecessor, this iPad Pro 11 (2021) is compatible with the Apple Pencil 2. In addition, you can also use the tablet with keyboards produced by Apple and third-party manufacturers.

Display - An 11-inch iPad without mini-LED

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
There is minimal backlight bleed on our review unit.
There is minimal backlight bleed on our review unit.

The IPS display of the iPad Pro 11 (2021) is practically unchanged compared to the previous year's model. The display measures 11-inches and resolves at 2,388 x 1,668 pixels. Our review unit averaged 598 cd/m² across its panel during our tests and evenly distributed light and dark areas in APL50. Setting the display to manual mode allows the tablet to make use of the full light spectrum, too.

The illumination is even, but there is room for improvement. Additionally, our review unit has a higher black value than its predecessor, although this does not prevent it from achieving a strong contrast ratio. The display does not suffer from any backlight bleed or haloing, either.

The display can also operate at up to 120 Hz, allowing it to display content smoothly. Positively, Apple does not use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate the display's brightness levels. Hence, you should not suffer from eye strain or headaches when using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) if you are PWM sensitive.

621
cd/m²
632
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
584
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
557
cd/m²
553
cd/m²
581
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 632 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 598.1 cd/m² Minimum: 3.01 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 627 cd/m²
Contrast: 1425:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Apple iPad Air 2020
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
LTPS, 2560x1600, 11.00
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
OLED, 2560x1600, 11.50
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.80
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Screen
20%
3%
-9%
-19%
-21%
1%
Brightness middle
627
617
-2%
509
-19%
554
-12%
372
-41%
606
-3%
417
-33%
Brightness
598
585
-2%
486
-19%
535
-11%
375
-37%
579
-3%
395
-34%
Brightness Distribution
88
84
-5%
93
6%
91
3%
95
8%
89
1%
91
3%
Black Level *
0.44
0.36
18%
0.39
11%
0.33
25%
0.32
27%
0.39
11%
Contrast
1425
1714
20%
1305
-8%
1679
18%
1894
33%
1069
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
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0.94
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1.3
19%
2.1
-31%
1.8
-13%
2.9
-81%
1.12
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.5
1.87
47%
2.8
20%
7.1
-103%
4.2
-20%
6
-71%
2.71
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.5
1.4
44%
2.2
12%
1.6
36%
2.8
-12%
4.3
-72%
1.7
32%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.156 102%
2.21 100%
2.32 95%
2.29 96%
2.22 99%
2207 0%
CCT
6969 93%
6733 97%
6833 95%
6623 98%
6718 97%
7272 89%
6870 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
99.3
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.77

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Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We checked the display quality of Apple's latest 11-inch tablet with CalMAN and a photo spectrometer. The results are at a good level, albeit worse than its predecessor's. If you deactivate True Tone mode, then the display will reproduce colours in a more lifelike manner. Unfortunately, deactivating True Tone does not help the display's ability to reproduce greyscale, which remains too cool.

Greyscale: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Greyscale: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Greyscale: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Greyscale: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Mixed colours: (True Tone activated - daylight); sRGB target colour space)
Mixed colours: (True Tone activated - daylight); sRGB target colour space)
Mixed colours: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Mixed colours: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Colour space: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Colour space: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Colour space: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Colour space: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Saturation: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Saturation: (True Tone activated - daylight; sRGB target colour space)
Saturation: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)
Saturation: (True Tone deactivated; sRGB target colour space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29.2 ms rise
↘ 28.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) impressed us when we used it outdoors. The display gets exceptionally bright, allowing it to be read even in direct sunlight.

However, we would recommend against doing this for a long time because the aluminium case heats up rapidly in the sun. Not only did our review unit quickly feel uncomfortable in our hands, it also dimmed its display. However, we encountered no problems when using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) in the shade on a hot day.

Using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) outside in the sun
Using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) outside in the sun
Using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) outside in the shade
Using the iPad Pro 11 (2021) outside in the shade

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) has stable viewing angles, and it does not show any colour inversions even at obtuse angles. There is a visible decrease in brightness at obtuse angles though, although this is of no consequence in everyday use. We did not notice any IPS glow or ghosting effects in our test device, either.

Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) - viewing angles
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) - viewing angles

Performance - The Apple M1 takes it into a new dimension

The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) has, with the Apple M1, the same SoC that Apple uses in the MacBook Air. Our review unit can also fall back on 8 GB of RAM, like the MacBook Air. If you opt for a 1 TB or 2 TB variant of Apple's latest 11-inch tablet, then you also get 16 GB of RAM. Overall, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) should offer approximately 50% more CPU and 40% more GPU performance than its predecessor.

Benchmark results confirm this, too. For example, our review unit outscores last year's model by 54% in Geekbench 5.3 multi-core and 47% in 3DMark Sling Shot Unlimited (Physics). However, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) cannot transfer this lead to 3DMark Extreme, where it enjoys only a 3% lead over its predecessor.

The increase in GPU performance is also enormous. Depending on the scenario, the performance increase between the iPad Pro 11 (2021) and last year's model in GFXBench offscreen tests is anywhere from 58 to 113%. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) can even outscore the MacBook Air in onscreen tests, principally because the iPad has a higher refresh rate than its MacBook sibling. Conversely, the offscreen results show that the MacBook Air has more performance left in the tank than the iPad Pro 11 (2021), implying that the former has superior cooling performance than the latter.

Our review unit works smoothly and is free from any stutters or jerkiness. We encountered no hiccups when multitasking with the iPad Pro 11 (2021), either. In our opinion, the increased performance that the iPad Pro 11 (2021) offers will be of particular interest to those who edit videos or do any graphically demanding work.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Apple M1 (1710 - 1745, n=8)
1731 Points ∼85% +1%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
1730 Points ∼85% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
1716 Points ∼84%
Apple iPad Air 2020
1593 Points ∼78% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
1127 Points ∼55% -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
963 Points ∼47% -44%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
759 Points ∼37% -56%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1716, n=42, last 2 years)
621 Points ∼30% -64%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
523 Points ∼26% -70%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
7570 Points ∼26% +4%
Average Apple M1 (7260 - 7710, n=8)
7559 Points ∼26% +4%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7260 Points ∼25%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
4707 Points ∼16% -35%
Apple iPad Air 2020
4334 Points ∼15% -40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
3201 Points ∼11% -56%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
2893 Points ∼10% -60%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=42, last 2 years)
2185 Points ∼8% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
1764 Points ∼6% -76%
Metal Score 5.1
Average Apple M1
22378 Points ∼100%
Average of class Tablet (9984 - 10011, n=2, last 2 years)
9998 Points ∼45%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
9984 Points ∼45%
3DMark
Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
17263 Points ∼16%
Average Apple M1 (9995 - 17263, n=4)
13624 Points ∼12% -21%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
10017 Points ∼9% -42%
Apple iPad Air 2020
8630 Points ∼8% -50%
Average of class Tablet (371 - 17263, n=19, last 2 years)
4582 Points ∼4% -73%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
736 Points ∼1% -96%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
18326 Points ∼16%
Average Apple M1 (16159 - 18326, n=7)
17792 Points ∼16% -3%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
17731 Points ∼16% -3%
Apple iPad Air 2020
8955 Points ∼8% -51%
Average of class Tablet (366 - 18326, n=17, last 2 years)
5283 Points ∼5% -71%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
637 Points ∼1% -97%
Wild Life Extreme
Average Apple M1 (4062 - 9963, n=4)
6006 Points ∼23% +21%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4962 Points ∼19%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2466 Points ∼9% -50%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 5035, n=15, last 2 years)
1621 Points ∼6% -67%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average Apple M1 (4423 - 4975, n=3)
4688 Points ∼18% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4667 Points ∼18%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2398 Points ∼9% -49%
Average of class Tablet (132 - 4975, n=15, last 2 years)
1598 Points ∼6% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
13682 Points ∼81%
Average Apple M1 (7588 - 13682, n=2)
10635 Points ∼63% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9283 Points ∼55% -32%
Apple iPad Air 2020
9134 Points ∼54% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼27% -67%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3668 Points ∼22% -73%
Average of class Tablet (261 - 13682, n=38, last 2 years)
3541 Points ∼21% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Average Apple M1 (35978 - 42751, n=2)
39365 Points ∼92% +9%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
35978 Points ∼84%
Apple iPad Air 2020
23094 Points ∼54% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
13779 Points ∼32% -62%
Average of class Tablet (219 - 42751, n=38, last 2 years)
5895 Points ∼14% -84%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼10% -88%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3756 Points ∼9% -90%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼68% +9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4319 Points ∼63% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4317 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3390 Points ∼49% -21%
Average Apple M1 (1956 - 4317, n=2)
3137 Points ∼46% -27%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2931 Points ∼43% -32%
Average of class Tablet (781 - 5623, n=38, last 2 years)
2650 Points ∼38% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average Apple M1 (8911 - 10300, n=2)
9606 Points ∼93% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
8911 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
7701 Points ∼75% -14%
Apple iPad Air 2020
6727 Points ∼65% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼43% -50%
Average of class Tablet (167 - 9630, n=40, last 2 years)
2865 Points ∼28% -68%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2626 Points ∼25% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
25707 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1
25707 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
12112 Points ∼47% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9893 Points ∼38% -62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼17% -83%
Average of class Tablet (136 - 25707, n=40, last 2 years)
3870 Points ∼15% -85%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2469 Points ∼10% -90%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼60% +75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4298 Points ∼54% +59%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3380 Points ∼42% +25%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
2711 Points ∼34%
Average Apple M1
2711 Points ∼34% 0%
Apple iPad Air 2020
2631 Points ∼33% -3%
Average of class Tablet (443 - 5634, n=40, last 2 years)
2626 Points ∼33% -3%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
120 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
119 fps ∼4% -1%
Average Apple M1 (60 - 120, n=5)
84 fps ∼3% -30%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼2% -50%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
55 fps ∼2% -54%
Average of class Tablet (9.2 - 120, n=39, last 2 years)
51.1 fps ∼2% -57%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40 fps ∼1% -67%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Average Apple M1 (585 - 670, n=5)
622 fps ∼5% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
585 fps ∼5%
Apple iPad Air 2020
325 fps ∼3% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
225 fps ∼2% -62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼1% -77%
Average of class Tablet (4.4 - 588, n=39, last 2 years)
127 fps ∼1% -78%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
85 fps ∼1% -85%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
120 fps ∼33%
Average Apple M1 (58.8 - 120, n=5)
82.8 fps ∼23% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
82 fps ∼22% -32%
Apple iPad Air 2020
52 fps ∼14% -57%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼12% -63%
Average of class Tablet (4.4 - 120, n=37, last 2 years)
39.6 fps ∼11% -67%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
25 fps ∼7% -79%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Average Apple M1 (318 - 408, n=5)
370 fps ∼29% +7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
345 fps ∼27%
Apple iPad Air 2020
179 fps ∼14% -48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
134 fps ∼10% -61%
Average of class Tablet (4.2 - 345, n=38, last 2 years)
73.7 fps ∼6% -79%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼5% -81%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
42 fps ∼3% -88%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
107 fps ∼3%
Average Apple M1 (40 - 107, n=6)
66.8 fps ∼2% -38%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
60 fps ∼2% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
51 fps ∼1% -52%
Apple iPad Air 2020
45.4 fps ∼1% -58%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼1% -68%
Average of class Tablet (2.8 - 107, n=38, last 2 years)
28.9 fps ∼1% -73%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼0% -85%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
268.3 fps ∼6% +24%
Average Apple M1 (216 - 275, n=6)
250 fps ∼5% +16%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
216 fps ∼5%
Apple iPad Air 2020
136.8 fps ∼3% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
93 fps ∼2% -57%
Average of class Tablet (2.6 - 227, n=38, last 2 years)
49.8 fps ∼1% -77%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼1% -81%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
30 fps ∼1% -86%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
87 fps ∼2%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
57.2 fps ∼2% -34%
Average Apple M1 (23.7 - 87, n=6)
57 fps ∼2% -34%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40 fps ∼1% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
32 fps ∼1% -63%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼1% -76%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 87, n=37, last 2 years)
20 fps ∼1% -77%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
9.7 fps ∼0% -89%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
176.6 fps ∼1% +18%
Average Apple M1 (150 - 197, n=6)
169 fps ∼1% +13%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
150 fps ∼1%
Apple iPad Air 2020
87.2 fps ∼0% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
57 fps ∼0% -62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼0% -75%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 150, n=37, last 2 years)
32.3 fps ∼0% -78%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
17 fps ∼0% -89%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
75 fps ∼48%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
55.5 fps ∼35% -26%
Average Apple M1 (25.3 - 75, n=7)
52.2 fps ∼33% -30%
Apple iPad Air 2020
35.6 fps ∼23% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
21 fps ∼13% -72%
Average of class Tablet (2 - 75, n=41, last 2 years)
13.8 fps ∼9% -82%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼8% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.5 fps ∼4% -91%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
81.2 fps ∼26% +16%
Average Apple M1 (63 - 81.7, n=8)
75.7 fps ∼24% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
70 fps ∼23%
Apple iPad Air 2020
32.9 fps ∼11% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
22 fps ∼7% -69%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼5% -76%
Average of class Tablet (0.85 - 70, n=41, last 2 years)
12.4 fps ∼4% -82%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.6 fps ∼2% -91%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
102 fps ∼50%
Average Apple M1 (40.1 - 102, n=7)
64.2 fps ∼31% -37%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
60 fps ∼29% -41%
Apple iPad Air 2020
40.5 fps ∼20% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
33 fps ∼16% -68%
Average of class Tablet (3.2 - 102, n=41, last 2 years)
20.3 fps ∼10% -80%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼8% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
10 fps ∼5% -90%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
214.4 fps ∼29% +12%
Average Apple M1 (177 - 216, n=8)
202 fps ∼27% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
191 fps ∼25%
Apple iPad Air 2020
105.6 fps ∼14% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
58 fps ∼8% -70%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼5% -79%
Average of class Tablet (2.3 - 191, n=41, last 2 years)
33.8 fps ∼4% -82%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼2% -92%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Average Apple M1 (1017190 - 1037960, n=2)
1027575 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
1017190 Points ∼98%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
712218 Points ∼69% -30%
Apple iPad Air 2020
647374 Points ∼62% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
584052 Points ∼56% -43%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
409039 Points ∼39% -60%
Average of class Tablet (75328 - 1037960, n=28, last 2 years)
349989 Points ∼34% -66%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
275660 Points ∼27% -73%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
5592 Points ∼66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4738 Points ∼56%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3421 Points ∼40%
Average of class Tablet (157 - 6164, n=27, last 2 years)
2687 Points ∼32%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
Points ∼0%
System
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8994 Points ∼46%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8215 Points ∼42%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6753 Points ∼34%
Average of class Tablet (946 - 10489, n=27, last 2 years)
5068 Points ∼26%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Memory
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
6751 Points ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
6501 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
4053 Points ∼45%
Average of class Tablet (464 - 8167, n=27, last 2 years)
3227 Points ∼36%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
12048 Points ∼42%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8775 Points ∼30%
Average of class Tablet (143 - 12350, n=27, last 2 years)
4011 Points ∼14%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3875 Points ∼13%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%
Web
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
1409 Points ∼59%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
1291 Points ∼54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
1032 Points ∼43%
Average of class Tablet (10 - 1544, n=27, last 2 years)
1020 Points ∼43%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Points ∼0%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM) Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512
 
Apple iPad Air 2020 Apple A14 Bionic, Apple A14 Bionic GPU, 256 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Qualcomm Adreno 618, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
178.45 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (175 - 183, n=6)
178 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
166.551 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Safari 14.1)
127.4 Points ∼71% -29%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
124.503 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 183, n=33, last 2 years)
72.8 Points ∼41% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
71.821 Points ∼40% -60%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼31% -69%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
47.583 Points ∼27% -73%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Apple M1 (402 - 408, n=5)
404 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
401.54 Points ∼99%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
375.89 Points ∼93% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
274.4 Points ∼68% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
126.98 Points ∼31% -68%
Average of class Tablet (11.2 - 403, n=40, last 2 years)
121 Points ∼30% -70%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
101.24 Points ∼25% -75%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
84.382 Points ∼21% -79%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average Apple M1 (216 - 293, n=6)
262 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
216 Points ∼82%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
195 Points ∼74% -10%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Safari 14.1)
194 Points ∼74% -10%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
141 Points ∼54% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
116 Points ∼44% -46%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼37% -55%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 246, n=42, last 2 years)
91.1 Points ∼35% -58%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
67 Points ∼26% -69%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Apple M1 (209 - 219, n=6)
213 runs/min ∼100% +2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
209 runs/min ∼98%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
198 runs/min ∼93% -5%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Safari 14.1)
154 runs/min ∼72% -26%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 228, n=33, last 2 years)
72.6 runs/min ∼34% -65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
70.9 runs/min ∼33% -66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼30% -69%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
41.4 runs/min ∼19% -80%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
62946 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (62055 - 62946, n=6)
62420 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
58568 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Safari 14.1)
42425 Points ∼67% -33%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
42372 Points ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
26495 Points ∼42% -58%
Average of class Tablet (1712 - 62946, n=40, last 2 years)
21425 Points ∼34% -66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼32% -68%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
16476 Points ∼26% -74%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 19212, n=41, last 2 years)
4964 ms * ∼100% -941%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
2888 ms * ∼58% -506%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼47% -392%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
1900.3 ms * ∼38% -298%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Chrome 80)
646.4 ms * ∼13% -36%
Average Apple M1 (446 - 516, n=6)
479 ms * ∼10% -0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
476.9 ms * ∼10%
Apple iPad Air 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
464.2 ms * ∼9% +3%

* ... smaller is better

Games - A lot of potential

The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) is actually too powerful for all the games found on the Apple App Store. Simply, its GPU has more horsepower than any mobile game currently requires. Also, existing games cannot run at higher frame rates than they could already on an iPhone or iPad Air. Almost certainly, Apple has done this to maximize the new iPad Pro 11's battery life. Nevertheless, it would have been desirable to offer a few exclusive titles for the iPad Pro to demonstrate its possibilities. In addition, our review unit's display has relatively long response times.

The above does not change that the iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a powerful gaming companion, in our opinion. Not only does it have a 120 Hz display, it also has convincing speakers. Moreover, all the games that we tested ran smoothly, as our GameBench results below demonstrate. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) supports PlayStation and Xbox controllers for reference. However, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) becomes quite heavy in the long run when gaming on the go.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
League of Legends: Wild Rift
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Armajet
Armajet
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; Armajet; 1.59.8: Ø60 (60-60)
; League of Legends: Wild Rift; 2.3.0: Ø60 (60-60)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.4.0: Ø40.9 (36-50)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.4.0: Ø43.9 (43-56)

Emissions - Four speakers with Dolby Atmos

Temperature

GFXBench battery test: T-Rex
T-Rex
GFXBench battery test: Manhattan
Manhattan

The surface temperatures of the Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) are inconspicuous at all times, and the tablet does not even get lukewarm when subjected to constant load.

We checked how the iPad deals with waste heat, among other things, with the GFXBench battery test. We ran each benchmark thirty times on a loop, logging framerates and the tablet's battery life throughout. Our review unit handled the older T-Rex benchmark with ease and continuously maintained maximum performance. By contrast, the more demanding Manhattan benchmark caused the iPad Pro 11 (2021) to drop its performance continuously, although it ramped up again briefly during the 21st run. Our review unit returned to previous levels after this point though, which corresponded to a performance of loss of up to 23% compared to its peak.

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) behaves similarly in the 3DMark stress test. However, it always remains 26% faster than the best score that the iPad Air 2020 (Apple A14) could manage.

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
96.9 (715min - 738max) % ∼100% +54%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
95.1 (49.1min - 51.6max) % ∼98% +51%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
62.8 (10881min - 17315max) % ∼65%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
93.2 (13.9min - 14.9max) % ∼100% +48%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
62.9 (3132min - 4982max) % ∼67%
Max. Load
 27.2 °C
81 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28.1 °C
83 F
 
 28.6 °C
83 F
29.9 °C
86 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
 31.8 °C
89 F
33.6 °C
92 F
34 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
28.5 °C
83 F
28.3 °C
83 F
27.6 °C
82 F
29.2 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28.6 °C
83 F
29.1 °C
84 F
28.4 °C
83 F
Maximum: 29.2 °C = 85 F
Average: 28.5 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.1 °C = 88 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.1 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 30.5 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.8 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 30.5 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Apple continues to equip the iPad Pro 11 with four speakers that support Dolby Atmos. The ones in our review unit sound good and deliver a balanced sound right into the deep mids. The quad speakers only really dispense with bass tones, in our opinion.

You can connect wireless headphones and speakers via Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC/AAC) or USB Type-C over a wired connection. Apple has not included a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but it sells appropriate USB Type-C adapters.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203031.82526.725.53125.627.24026.124.85036.440.36329.228.7802531.310017.844.912518.353.216018.662.220017.457.425014.260.231515.965.240012.8675001471.963013.374.580012.276.3100012.375.7125011.971.7160012.869.2200012.767.2250012.169.4315012.972.2400013.266.6500013.468.2630013.670.8800013.472.71000013.969.5125001463.51600014.251.7SPL25.283.5N0.761.8median 13.4median 68.2Delta1.25.730.523.221.326.718.426.422.52720.333.515.828.415.735.716.746.915.153.51561.910.662.114.167.310.872.110.973.610.577.48.877.21075.710.17911.17711.9771174.612.171.612.574.412.778.513.47613.879.115761475.614.16514.157.324.488.40.584median 12.5median 74.626hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad Pro 11 2021Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power Management - A weak power supply in the box

Power Consumption

The new iPad Pro 11 consumes more power than its predecessor when idling with its display set to maximum brightness, but significantly less under load. The latter will be because of the newer model's stronger SoC, which it cannot fully utilise in our scenarios and tests. In saying that, adjusting the display's brightness shows that the iPad Pro 11 (2021) can consume plenty of power and enough to exhaust the included 20 W charger.

Our review unit takes about three hours to recharge fully with the stock charger. A more powerful charger would reduce this time, though.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.01 / 6.2 / 6.23 Watt
Load midlight 8.99 / 9.89 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2020
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
8600 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Power Consumption
-22%
-19%
5%
14%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
1.01
1.3
-29%
1.3
-29%
1.16
-15%
1.55
-53%
1.98
-96%
Idle Average *
6.2
3.5
44%
7.89
-27%
4.42
29%
4.91
21%
5.66
9%
Idle Maximum *
6.23
5.6
10%
7.91
-27%
4.43
29%
5.02
19%
5.69
9%
Load Average *
8.99
12.5
-39%
9.28
-3%
8.86
1%
4.38
51%
6.96
23%
Load Maximum *
9.89
19.2
-94%
10.78
-9%
11.6
-17%
6.81
31%
6.98
29%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench, GFXBench and idle (150 cd/m²)

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; Idle 1min: Ø2.29 (2.18-2.73)
; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø16.5 (16.2-16.6)
; Geekbench 5.4: Ø8.23 (2.09-16.7)

Battery Life

The iPad Pro 11 (2021) has improved in terms of minimum and maximum battery life compared to its predecessor. Conversely, the newer model falls short of last year's model in our Wi-Fi battery life test where we set the brightness to 150 cd/m². Overall, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) achieves excellent runtimes and has stellar battery life. Only the iPad Pro 11 (2020) and the Huawei MatePad Pro perform better here.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
37h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Safari 14.1)
13h 39min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 46min
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2020
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2020
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
8600 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
4380 mAh
Battery Runtime
-8%
-4%
-11%
-10%
-8%
14%
Reader / Idle
2278
2001
-12%
2039
-10%
1963
-14%
1641
-28%
1877
-18%
H.264
932
936
0%
671
-28%
885
-5%
851
-9%
909
-2%
WiFi v1.3
819
902
10%
702
-14%
811
-1%
624
-24%
891
9%
933
14%
Load
286
197
-31%
388
36%
221
-23%
348
22%
233
-19%

Pros

+ high-contrast and PWM-free 120 Hz display
+ extremely high performance
+ good speakers
+ precise location services
+ long software support

Cons

- weak power supply included
- only a 12-month warranty
- slow display response times

Verdict - A strong upgrade in the shadow of the iPad Pro 12.9

Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) tablet review. Test device provided by notebooksbilliger.de.
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) tablet review. Test device provided by:

The Apple iPad Pro 11 is, again, a successful tablet. The 2021 model is difficult or even impossible to beat on performance and features, especially considering its computing power and the state-of-the-art connections it offe