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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 tablet review - A Mini LED trump card?

A giant tablet with M1 power. Apple packs everything technically possible into its large 5th generation iPad Pro: A state-of-the-art Mini LED display, an Apple M1 SoC, which has already made Intel fearful in the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13, and at least 8 GB of RAM. The whole thing is combined with a tablet operating system that Apple actually optimised for children - wait a minute. More about this in our review.
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The large iPad Pro has always held a particularly special position, seeing as it is actually too big to be used as a portable tablet. Illustration, drawing or even media consumption suit the 12.9-inch tablet best, while combining it with Apple's 'Magic Keyboard' mutate the iPad Pro into a laptop replacement. Therefore, its keyboard attachment puts the iPad Pro 12.9 in competition with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13, two laptops that also utilise the Apple M1 SoC. Additionally, Microsoft's Surface Pro series offers a good comparison against the iPad Pro 12.9, such as the Surface Pro 7 Plus or Surface Pro X. Also, there is one Android competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus with its 12.4-inch display, which targets the same market as Apple's latest iPad Pro 12.9 does.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (iPad Pro Series)
Processor
Apple M1 8 x 2.1 - 3.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
12.90 inch 4:3, 2732 x 2048 pixel 265 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, Liquid Retina XDR, IPS mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, barometer, Face ID
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, GSM, CDMA, UMTS, LTE, 5G
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.4 x 280.6 x 214.9 ( = 0.25 x 11.05 x 8.46 in)
Battery
40.88 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Triple: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/3", 1.22 µm) + 10 MP (f/2.4) + TOF 3D
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/2.4
Additional features
Speakers: 4 Speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, fanless
Weight
682 g ( = 24.06 oz / 1.5 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1200 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
91 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
93 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
468 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
91 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
91 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
89 %
05/2020
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
641 g5.9 mm12.90"2732x2048
88 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
575 g5.7 mm12.40"2800x1752
88 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.80"2560x1600
89 %
03/2021
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
796 g8.5 mm12.30"2736x1824
84 %
03/2021
Microsoft Surface Pro X
SQ1, Adreno 685
1 kg7.3 mm13.00"2880x1920
86 %
04/2021
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
SD 730G, Adreno 618
485 g5.8 mm11.50"2560x1600

Case - Slightly bulkier, well-built and sustainable, but poor repairability

iFixit Teardown
iFixit Teardown

The case design of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains unchanged from its predecessor. The Mini LED backlight has made the tablet imperceptibly thicker and heavier, but the stable and perfectly processed aluminium housing is still excellent. Gaps, haptics and optics are, as is the case with Apple, flawless. The display bezels are also unchanged and provide enough space for the tablet's improved front-facing camera. You can hold the tablet comfortably without accidentally triggering the display, too. Moreover, our review unit is stiff; its torsional stiffness is flawless.

As with the smaller iPad Pro 11, Apple is committed to sustainability in materials and uses, for example, recycled aluminium, tin and valuable metals obtained from rare earths. However, it looks much worse in terms of repairability and upgradeability, as iFixit's teardown video shows. In short, you still need heat and plastic picks to even get inside the tablet because Apple glues the display to the chassis. You could only replace the battery once you are in there, anyway.

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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 kg2.8 lbs287 mm / 11.3 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 1 kg2.31 lbs285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 575 g1.268 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 641 g1.413 lbs264.28 mm / 10.4 inch 171.4 mm / 6.75 inch 5.8 mm / 0.2283 inch 485 g1.069 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs

Connectivity - Now with Thunderbolt

There is a slight change in the ports with the latest iPad Pro 12.9 compared to its predecessor. The built-in USB Type-C port now supports the Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 standards thanks to its M1 SoC, which provides up to 40 Gbit/s transfer speeds. The same port can now even control a 6K panel, although this is rarely useful with iPadOS.

We tested the Thunderbolt port with a Samsung X5 SSD (1 TB) and a 10 GB file. Of course, the write speed of the internal SSD also plays a role here when copying files. Compared to the MacBook Pro 16, the iPad Pro 12.9 cannot score well with a 560 MB/s speed against the 2,200 MB/s that the MacBook offers. The MacBook Air with a 256 GB SSD takes a similar amount of time as the iPad Pro 12.9 to complete our test, which we measured at 19 seconds. This transfer speed corresponds to 530 MB/s, for reference.

Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 and pins for the Magic Keyboard
Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 and pins for the Magic Keyboard

Software - Thwarted by iPadOS

The iPad Pro 12.9 is currently shipping with iPadOS 14.6, but Apple has already announced iPadOS 15, an update with an improved home screen and file management system. iPadOS 15 is due to arrive in the autumn. Thanks to the fast M1 SoC, the iPad Pro 12.9 should receive updates for a long time; only Windows-based tablets can keep up with Apple's tablets in this regard. By contrast, the state of updates for Android tablets usually looks bleak after a few years.

In general, however, the simple iPadOS slows down the strong iPad Pro 12.9. File handling, app freedoms, multitasking and external monitors are all limitations of iPadOS, for example. In particular, power users will quickly reach their limits with Apple's tablet OS, to the extent that Apple has designed iPadOS for easy use, like for children, as we mentioned at the beginning. Taking this route restricts flexibility though, and it feels like Apple has added multitasking and window operation unintuitively, in our opinion.

Hence, you should clarify in advance if you can get the right apps for your workflow in the App Store before purchasing an iPad Pro. In saying that, the security of Apple's fenced-in garden is advantageous, with viruses, malware and ransomware still relative unknowns. Apple closes security holes relatively quickly, too.

Communication & GNSS - No 5G mmWave in Europe and slow Wi-Fi speeds

5G and GNSS is optionally available with the 2021 versions of the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9. Unfortunately, the European variants of both models miss out on the 5G mmWave antennas that Apple includes in their US siblings. Our entry-level device does not offer either 5G or GNSS and settles with WiFi 6 connectivity, instead. Sadly, Apple does not support the 160 MHz frequency band, which means that our review unit achieves slower transfer speeds than is possible with WiFi 6 connectivity. We have no reason for complaint about Wi-Fi reliability or range, though. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
1382 (984min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼100% +91%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼63% +21%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
827 (400min - 880max) MBit/s ∼60% +15%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (385min - 848max) MBit/s ∼56% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
722 (678min - 737max) MBit/s ∼52%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
649 (611min - 664max) MBit/s ∼47% -10%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
645 (630min - 659max) MBit/s ∼47% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
612 (243min - 690max) MBit/s ∼44% -15%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
552 (257min - 620max) MBit/s ∼40% -24%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
Adreno 685, SQ1, 256 GB NVMe
319 (168min - 351max) MBit/s ∼23% -56%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
1354 (783min - 1513max) MBit/s ∼100% +74%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼79% +37%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (699min - 882max) MBit/s ∼58%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
757 (378min - 806max) MBit/s ∼56% -3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
672 (614min - 682max) MBit/s ∼50% -14%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
658 (623min - 676max) MBit/s ∼49% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
629 (284min - 753max) MBit/s ∼46% -19%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
612 (573min - 630max) MBit/s ∼45% -22%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
Adreno 685, SQ1, 256 GB NVMe
595 (575min - 612max) MBit/s ∼44% -24%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
555 (508min - 597max) MBit/s ∼41% -29%
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Cameras - Good but rarely used?

In terms of cameras, we refer to our review of the smaller iPad Pro 11 for more details. The sizeable 12.9-inch model has the same camera system with a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor on the front and two sensors plus a LiDAR scanner on the back. The new models include a unique feature for tracking your face when on video calls, which worked flawlessly during our tests. Even if you move around in front of the tablet during a Facetime call, it follows you and up to two other people.

Accessories & Warranty - A slow charger in the box

The included USB Type-C charger is worth mentioning because there is no guarantee that you will get one with an Apple device anymore. However, the bundled charger is relatively small at 20 W and ensures that the iPad Pro 12.9 recharges slowly. In our tests, the power supply that Apple includes with the MacBook Pro 16 supplies the iPad Pro 12.9 with up to 31 W. Correspondingly, recharging the tablet at 31 W significantly reduces its charging times.

As usual, Apple offers a 12-month warranty, including telephone support, with the iPad Pro 12.9. You can extend and expand this coverage with Apple Care+.

Input Devices & Operation - A precise 120 Hz display with Face ID and support for accessories

Apple protects the iPad Pro's capacitive touchscreen with an unspecified glass that is smooth, and it provides no resistance when we slide our fingers across it. Apple states that it applies an oleophobic coating atop the glass too, but our review unit's display quickly looks greasy, nonetheless. The device interprets our inputs precisely and promptly, though. Additionally, the system feels fast and fluid, not least because of the device's 120 Hz panel. With the larger display, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro also has a larger on-screen keyboard with a dedicated number row, allowing you to type a little faster than on the 11-inch model.

Face ID, which recognises registered faces reliably and quickly, provides biometric security. The 3D face recognition is also more secure than 2D variants that only use front-facing cameras to capture face data.

The iPad Pro 12.9 is, like its predecessor, compatible with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation). You can also combine the tablet with optional keyboards from Apple and third-party manufacturers.

German on-screen keyboard
German on-screen keyboard
English on-screen keyboard
English on-screen keyboard

Display - The decisive reason for buying the iPad Pro 12.9?

No difference to an IPS display under a microscope
No difference to an IPS display under a microscope

The most significant innovation in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is its Liquid Retina XDR Display. According to Apple, the display has over 10,000 Mini LEDs directly behind the LCD that create 2,596 local dimming zones. The company claims that the Mini LED panel peaks at 1,600 nits (= 1,600 cd/m²) in HDR, fully covers the DCI-P3 colour space with supported apps and has a 120 Hz refresh rate.

In our display tests with Calman (MobileForge) and DisplayCal/Argyll 2.2.0, we measured a maximum brightness of 620 cd/m², which is 20 cd/m² higher than Apple's stated 600 cd/m² peak for SDR images. Our review unit also has excellent brightness distribution thanks to the use of Mini LEDs. The iPad Pro's 2,732 x 2,048 resolution is sufficiently sharp at 264 DPI, but we cannot confirm its display covers the DCI-P3 colour space with our test apps. When we attempt to do so, iPadOS switches back to the sRGB colour space, which it covers completely. However, the display cannot reproduce colours as perfectly as we would have hoped. Instead, individual colours deviate relatively strongly, even if the average remains outstanding. Overall, the new iPad Pro 12.9 and its Mini LED display offers no improvement compared to previous iPads and MacBooks.

605
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
623
cd/m²
610
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
605
cd/m²
615
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Liquid Retina XDR
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 623 cd/m² Average: 612.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 620 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
105.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
70.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
68.7% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2214
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
IPS mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
IPS, 2732x2048, 12.90
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.40
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Screen
8%
18%
-11%
10%
Brightness middle
620
627
1%
625
1%
441
-29%
510
-18%
Brightness
612
598
-2%
599
-2%
447
-27%
491
-20%
Brightness Distribution
96
88
-8%
87
-9%
98
2%
94
-2%
Black Level *
0.44
0.47
0.29
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.8
1.6
11%
1.3
28%
2.4
-33%
1.3
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.9
3.5
29%
2.7
45%
4.1
16%
3
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.1
2.5
19%
1.8
42%
2.9
6%
2
35%
Gamma
2214 0%
2.25 98%
2.23 99%
2.01 109%
2.23 99%
CCT
6892 94%
6969 93%
6765 96%
6469 100%
6933 94%
Contrast
1425
1330
1759
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.3
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100

* ... smaller is better

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 detected 19190 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 19190 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 19190 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Using Mini LEDs allows Apple to deactivate the backlight for larger black areas. As a result, we measure practically no residual brightness on black surfaces, and the calculated contrast approaches infinity, although Apple states 1,000,000:1. Nevertheless, the 2,596 brightness zones are not enough to achieve a perfect picture in dark conditions. When reading texts with a black background, we notice images looking blotchy, while there is a visible halo around the text itself. OLED screens still have a tangible advantage here as they can control each pixel individually.

Unfortunately, all currently available Mini LED backlights use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate brightness levels. We measured PWM at 19 kHz on our review unit, which is comparatively high. Hence, the new iPad Pro 12.9 should only cause issues for a few people. However, PWM sensitive people who want to use the device for many hours should be warned.

The response times are not particularly fast, either. Additionally, PWM makes measuring response times difficult with our equipment; see screenshots of the light yellow areas below.

CalMAN - colour accuracy: Greyscale
CalMAN - colour accuracy: Greyscale
CalMAN - Colour accuracy: ColorChecker colour test
CalMAN - Colour accuracy: ColorChecker colour test
sRGB gamut
sRGB gamut
DisplayCal/Argyl 2.2.0 Colorchecker 1/2
DisplayCal/Argyl 2.2.0 Colorchecker 1/2
DisplayCal/Argyl 2.2.0 Colorchecker 2/2
DisplayCal/Argyl 2.2.0 Colorchecker 2/2
 

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
45 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 35 ms rise
↘ 10 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Thanks to the display's high brightness and anti-reflective coating, you can also use the iPad Pro 12.9 outdoors. In direct sunlight, however, 600 nits is not enough. Furthermore, using the iPad Pro 12.9 outside in the blazing sun can quickly lead to the tablet overheating, preventing you from being able to use it anyway.

Fingerprints are annoying in bright surroundings
Fingerprints are annoying in bright surroundings
Cleaning the display does not make the display usable in intense sunlight
Cleaning the display does not make the display usable in intense sunlight

The viewing angle stability of the XDR display is excellent. We only noticed irregularities when looking at the display from about 45°, at which point dark colours would distort, and the brightness level would drop.

viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles
viewing angles

Performance - Laptop performance in a tablet

The second big innovation of the 2021 model is the Apple M1 chip, which we already know from last year's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. Apple has equipped the entry-level iPad Pro with all eight GPU cores combined with 8 GB of RAM, unlike on the MacBook Air. The iPad Pro 12.9 also comes with 16 GB of RAM if you choose a 1 TB or 2 TB SSD model. The extra RAM is currently of no use though, as iPadOS only uses up to 5 GB. In addition to the eight-processor and graphics cores, the M1 SoC offers sixteen Neural Engine cores for machine learning (ML). So with the upcoming iPadOS 15, the iPad Pro could, for example, detect text in images more quickly using its system-wide optical character recognition (OCR) system. The sixteen-core Neural Engine could come in use for other applications in the future, too.

With short loads, the M1 in the iPad Pro 12.9 can easily keep up with the same SoC in the MacBook Air and the actively cooled MacBook Pro 13, despite the former's lower TDP setting. CPU throttling is also not an issue in Geekbench, alternating between single and multi-threaded tests in the mobile version. We did not see any reduced results after eleven runs, for instance, which took between fifteen and twenty minutes. The M1 cannot replicate this performance when it comes to GPU performance, though. In the 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme stress test, our review unit lost about 25% of its peak performance. Nevertheless, the tablet's CPU and GPU performance are in the absolute top class for tablets. A Surface Pro 7 Plus with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 and its Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80 Execution Units) integrated GPU lag behind the iPad Pro 12.9 in GFXBench. Most Tiger Lake SoCs achieve worse results too, even with a Core i7 part that has an integrated GPU with 96 EUs.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
1740 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Apple M1 (1710 - 1745, n=6)
1728 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
1727 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
1716 Points ∼99% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1710 Points ∼98%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
1334 Points ∼77% -22%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
1120 Points ∼64% -35%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
1117 Points ∼64% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
950 Points ∼55% -44%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
759 Points ∼44% -56%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
739 Points ∼42% -57%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1716, n=33, last 2 years)
576 Points ∼33% -66%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
523 Points ∼30% -69%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
7590 Points ∼100% +3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
7578 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Apple M1 (7260 - 7710, n=6)
7514 Points ∼99% +2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7378 Points ∼97%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7260 Points ∼96% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
4866 Points ∼64% -34%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
4712 Points ∼62% -36%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
4620 Points ∼61% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3063 Points ∼40% -58%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
2893 Points ∼38% -61%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
2875 Points ∼38% -61%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=33, last 2 years)
2078 Points ∼27% -72%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
1764 Points ∼23% -76%
Metal Score 5.1
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
10011 Points ∼100%
Average of class Tablet (9984 - 10011, n=2, last 2 years)
9998 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
9361 Points ∼94%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
13682 Points ∼100% +80%
Average Apple M1 (7588 - 13682, n=2)
10635 Points ∼78% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8902 Points ∼65% +17%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7588 Points ∼55%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼33% -41%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3668 Points ∼27% -52%
Average of class Tablet (261 - 13682, n=33, last 2 years)
3118 Points ∼23% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
42751 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (35978 - 42751, n=2)
39365 Points ∼92% -8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
35978 Points ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
13149 Points ∼31% -69%
Average of class Tablet (219 - 42751, n=33, last 2 years)
5655 Points ∼13% -87%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼10% -90%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3756 Points ∼9% -91%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼100% +140%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4317 Points ∼92% +121%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4178 Points ∼89% +114%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3390 Points ∼72% +73%
Average Apple M1 (1956 - 4317, n=2)
3137 Points ∼67% +60%
Average of class Tablet (781 - 4702, n=33, last 2 years)
2336 Points ∼50% +19%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1956 Points ∼42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6850 Points ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4334 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2437 Points ∼36%
Average of class Tablet (169 - 7098, n=32, last 2 years)
1996 Points ∼29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8548 Points ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4425 Points ∼52%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2261 Points ∼26%
Average of class Tablet (139 - 9612, n=33, last 2 years)
2126 Points ∼25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4096 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4041 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3350 Points ∼82%
Average of class Tablet (369 - 4201, n=33, last 2 years)
2247 Points ∼55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
8911 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1
8911 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
7369 Points ∼83%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼50%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2626 Points ∼29%
Average of class Tablet (167 - 8911, n=33, last 2 years)
2325 Points ∼26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
25707 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1
25707 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
9453 Points ∼37%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼17%
Average of class Tablet (136 - 25707, n=33, last 2 years)
3111 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2469 Points ∼10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4159 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
3380 Points ∼71%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
2711 Points ∼57%
Average Apple M1
2711 Points ∼57%
Average of class Tablet (443 - 4756, n=33, last 2 years)
2334 Points ∼49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
13584 Points ∼100% +126%
Average Apple M1 (6019 - 13584, n=2)
9802 Points ∼72% +63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6226 Points ∼46% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
6019 Points ∼44%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4036 Points ∼30% -33%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2293 Points ∼17% -62%
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6292, n=28, last 2 years)
1935 Points ∼14% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
25909 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (24750 - 25909, n=2)
25330 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
24750 Points ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8745 Points ∼34% -66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4156 Points ∼16% -84%
Average of class Tablet (400 - 25909, n=28, last 2 years)
2751 Points ∼11% -89%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2186 Points ∼8% -92%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
5266 Points ∼100% +223%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3658 Points ∼69% +124%
Average Apple M1 (1632 - 5266, n=2)
3449 Points ∼65% +111%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3100 Points ∼59% +90%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
2766 Points ∼53% +69%
Average of class Tablet (533 - 3658, n=28, last 2 years)
2278 Points ∼43% +40%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1632 Points ∼31%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
17263 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
17221 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (9995 - 17263, n=4)
13624 Points ∼79% -21%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
11209 Points ∼65% -35%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
9995 Points ∼58% -42%
Average of class Tablet (371 - 17263, n=8, last 2 years)
5864 Points ∼34% -66%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
736 Points ∼4% -96%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
18326 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
18303 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
17731 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Apple M1 (16159 - 18326, n=5)
17650 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
16159 Points ∼88% -12%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
11404 Points ∼62% -38%
Average of class Tablet (366 - 18326, n=6, last 2 years)
7948 Points ∼43% -57%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
637 Points ∼3% -97%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
5035 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4962 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Apple M1 (4062 - 5035, n=3)
4686 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
4062 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Tablet (330 - 5035, n=4, last 2 years)
3198 Points ∼64% -36%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
4975 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (4423 - 4975, n=3)
4688 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
4667 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
4423 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Tablet (334 - 4975, n=4, last 2 years)
3094 Points ∼62% -38%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
157.5 fps ∼100% +31%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
120 fps ∼76% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
120 fps ∼76% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
120 fps ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
116 fps ∼74% -3%
Average Apple M1 (60 - 120, n=4)
90 fps ∼57% -25%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
60.1 fps ∼38% -50%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼38% -50%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
60 fps ∼38% -50%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
59 fps ∼37% -51%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
55 fps ∼35% -54%
Average of class Tablet (9.2 - 120, n=34, last 2 years)
46.9 fps ∼30% -61%
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
670 fps ∼100% +14%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
620 fps ∼93% +5%
Average Apple M1 (585 - 670, n=4)
616 fps ∼92% +5%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
588 fps ∼88%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
585 fps ∼87% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
451 fps ∼67% -23%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
256.9 fps ∼38% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
215 fps ∼32% -63%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
167.7 fps ∼25% -71%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼20% -77%
Average of class Tablet (4.4 - 588, n=34, last 2 years)
102 fps ∼15% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
85 fps ∼13% -86%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
120 fps ∼100% +4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
115 fps ∼96%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
110 fps ∼92% -4%
Average Apple M1 (60 - 120, n=4)
88.8 fps ∼74% -23%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
86.6 fps ∼72% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
67 fps ∼56% -42%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
60.1 fps ∼50% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
60 fps ∼50% -48%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼37% -62%
Average of class Tablet (4.4 - 120, n=32, last 2 years)
34.5 fps ∼29% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
25 fps ∼21% -78%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
24.6 fps ∼21% -79%
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
408 fps ∼100% +28%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
376 fps ∼92% +18%
Average Apple M1 (318 - 408, n=4)
362 fps ∼89% +14%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
345 fps ∼85% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
318 fps ∼78%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
202 fps ∼50% -36%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
170.4 fps ∼42% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
125 fps ∼31% -61%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼16% -80%
Average of class Tablet (4.2 - 345, n=33, last 2 years)
57.9 fps ∼14% -82%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
42 fps ∼10% -87%
Microsoft Surface Pro X
31.7 fps ∼8% -90%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
107 fps ∼100% +45%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
95 fps ∼89% +28%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
74 fps ∼69%
Average Apple M1 (59.8 - 107, n=5)
72.2 fps ∼67% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
60 fps ∼56% -19%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
59.8 fps ∼56% -19%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
46.5 fps ∼43% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
41 fps ∼38% -45%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼32% -54%
Average of class Tablet (2.8 - 107, n=33, last 2 years)
23.7 fps ∼22% -68%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼15% -78%
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
275 fps ∼100% +21%
Average Apple M1 (216 - 275, n=5)
245 fps ∼89% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
240 fps ∼87% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
227 fps ∼83%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
216 fps ∼79% -5%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
169 fps ∼61% -26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
108.6 fps ∼39% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
88 fps ∼32% -61%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼15% -82%
Average of class Tablet (2.6 - 227, n=33, last 2 years)
39 fps ∼14% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
30 fps ∼11% -87%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
87 fps ∼100% +57%
Average Apple M1 (55.3 - 87, n=5)
63.6 fps ∼73% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
60 fps ∼69% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
58.7 fps ∼67% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
55.3 fps ∼64%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
47 fps ∼54% -15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
40.9 fps ∼47% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
24 fps ∼28% -57%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼24% -62%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 87, n=32, last 2 years)
16 fps ∼18% -71%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
9.7 fps ∼11% -82%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
197 fps ∼100% +31%
Average Apple M1 (150 - 197, n=5)
167 fps ∼85% +11%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
162 fps ∼82% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
150 fps ∼76% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
150 fps ∼76%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
101 fps ∼51% -33%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
91.4 fps ∼46% -39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
53 fps ∼27% -65%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼19% -75%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 150, n=32, last 2 years)
25.9 fps ∼13% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
17 fps ∼9% -89%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
75 fps ∼100% +72%
Average Apple M1 (43.7 - 75, n=5)
56 fps ∼75% +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
54.4 fps ∼73% +24%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
51.4 fps ∼69% +18%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
49 fps ∼65% +12%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
43.7 fps ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
32.4 fps ∼43% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
18 fps ∼24% -59%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼17% -70%
Average of class Tablet (2 - 75, n=33, last 2 years)
11.5 fps ∼15% -74%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.5 fps ∼9% -85%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
78.2 fps ∼100% +24%
Average Apple M1 (63 - 81.2, n=6)
73.8 fps ∼94% +17%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
72.4 fps ∼93% +15%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
70 fps ∼90% +11%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
63 fps ∼81%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
48 fps ∼61% -24%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
47.5 fps ∼61% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
22 fps ∼28% -65%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼22% -73%
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 70, n=33, last 2 years)
10.4 fps ∼13% -83%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
6.6 fps ∼8% -90%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
102 fps ∼100% +52%
Average Apple M1 (60 - 102, n=5)
69.8 fps ∼68% +4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
67 fps ∼66%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
60.1 fps ∼59% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
60 fps ∼59% -10%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
58 fps ∼57% -13%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
50.5 fps ∼50% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
27 fps ∼26% -60%
Average of class Tablet (3.1 - 102, n=33, last 2 years)
17.2 fps ∼17% -74%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼17% -75%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
10 fps ∼10% -85%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
207 fps ∼100% +17%
Average Apple M1 (177 - 214, n=6)
198 fps ∼96% +12%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
192 fps ∼93% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
191 fps ∼92% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
177 fps ∼86%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
127 fps ∼61% -28%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
120.1 fps ∼58% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
57 fps ∼28% -68%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼20% -77%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 191, n=33, last 2 years)
28.8 fps ∼14% -84%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
16 fps ∼8% -91%
Basemark GPU 1.2
1920x1080 Metal Medium Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
327 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (276 - 327, n=4)
302 fps ∼92% -8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
276 (63min - 506max) fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Tablet (192 - 327, n=2, last 2 years)
260 fps ∼80% -20%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
195 (74min - 979max) fps ∼60% -40%
Metal Medium Native
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
149.4 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1
149 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 149, n=2, last 2 years)
141 fps ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
123 (76min - 222max) fps ∼82% -18%
3840x2160 Metal High Offscreen
Average of class Tablet (20.9 - 70, n=2, last 2 years)
45.5 fps ∼100% +118%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
20.9 (18min - 28max) fps ∼46%
Average Apple M1 (19.2 - 21.7, n=4)
20.7 fps ∼45% -1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
19.24 (15min - 24max) fps ∼42% -8%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1037960 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (1017190 - 1037960, n=2)
1027575 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
1017190 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
751846 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
678238 Points ∼65% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
490260 Points ∼47% -53%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
409039 Points ∼39% -61%
Average of class Tablet (75328 - 1037960, n=25, last 2 years)
335696 Points ∼32% -68%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
275660 Points ∼27% -73%
Geekbench ML
TensorFlow Lite NNAPI / Core ML 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
2611 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (2601 - 2611, n=2)
2606 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2601 - 2611, n=2, last 2 years)
2606 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
2601 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
1331 Points ∼51% -49%
TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1041 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (1014 - 1041, n=2)
1028 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Tablet (1014 - 1041, n=2, last 2 years)
1028 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
1014 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
688 Points ∼66% -34%
TensorFlow Lite GPU 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
2867 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1 (2855 - 2867, n=2)
2861 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2855 - 2867, n=2, last 2 years)
2861 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
2855 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
1903 Points ∼66% -33%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0256Q
 
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0256
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 256 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
 
Microsoft Surface Pro X Microsoft SQ1, Qualcomm Adreno 685, 256 GB NVMe
 
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Qualcomm Adreno 618, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 Apple A12X Bionic, Apple A12X Bionic GPU, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe

In the browser tests, the Apple M1, in conjunction with the fast Safari browser, outshines the competition. In less demanding tests, the iPad Pro 12.9 is also on par with Apple's M1-powered MacBooks. Only with the WebXPRT 3 do we see differences, but the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 only eke out a slight advantage over the iPad Pro 12.9, at any rate. Overall, the values below show why surfing on the iPad Pro 12.9 is so much fun.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
182.5 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (178 - 183, n=4)
179 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry (Safari 14.0.1)
178.7 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
178.45 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
177.5 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
126.1 Points ∼69% -31%
Microsoft Surface Pro X (Edge 83)
76.7 Points ∼42% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
72.541 Points ∼40% -60%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 183, n=27, last 2 years)
67.8 Points ∼37% -63%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼30% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
47.583 Points ∼26% -74%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
403.4 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
403.1 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1 (402 - 403, n=4)
402 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
401.54 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry (Safari 14.0.1)
401.5 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
271.89 Points ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
127.58 Points ∼32% -68%
Average of class Tablet (11.2 - 403, n=35, last 2 years)
109 Points ∼27% -73%
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 - ---
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
281 Points ∼100% +27%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry (Safari 14.0.1)
281 Points ∼100% +27%
Average Apple M1 (216 - 281, n=4)
250 Points ∼89% +13%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
221 Points ∼79%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
216 Points ∼77% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus (Chrome 82)
197 Points ∼70% -11%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
140 Points ∼50% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
126 Points ∼45% -43%
Microsoft Surface Pro X (Edge 83)
116 Points ∼41% -48%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼35% -56%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 221, n=36, last 2 years)
83.5 Points ∼30% -62%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
67 Points ∼24% -70%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
213 runs/min ∼100% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
213 runs/min ∼100% +1%
Average Apple M1 (209 - 213, n=4)
211 runs/min ∼99% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
210 runs/min ∼99%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
209 runs/min ∼98% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
135 runs/min ∼63% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
71.3 runs/min ∼33% -66%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 210, n=28, last 2 years)
64 runs/min ∼30% -70%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼30% -70%
Microsoft Surface Pro X (Edge 83)
61.8 runs/min ∼29% -71%
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% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
62789 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (62113 - 62946, n=4)
62519 Points ∼99% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
62227 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
62113 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
43057 Points ∼68% -31%
Microsoft Surface Pro X (Edge 83)
31099 Points ∼49% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
27360 Points ∼43% -56%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼32% -68%
Average of class Tablet (1712 - 62946, n=36, last 2 years)
18722 Points ∼30% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
16476 Points ∼26% -74%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (464 - 19212, n=35, last 2 years)
5265 ms * ∼100% -964%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Chrome 89.0.4389.105)
2888 ms * ∼55% -483%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼45% -374%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
1947 ms * ∼37% -293%
Microsoft Surface Pro X (Edge 83)
1407.7 ms * ∼27% -184%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus (Chrome 82)
799 ms * ∼15% -61%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
645.9 ms * ∼12% -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
515.9 ms * ∼10% -4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
495 ms * ∼9%
Average Apple M1 (477 - 516, n=4)
494 ms * ∼9% -0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry (Safari 14.0.1)
489 ms * ∼9% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 (Safari 14.1)
476.9 ms * ∼9% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Games - High performance meets a fast display

The eight graphics cores and the 120 Hz display give hope for excellent gaming performance. At the moment, there are hardly any games that take advantage of the performance that the Apple M1 offers. Unfortunately, Gamebench does not currently support recording at greater than 60 FPS either, so we cannot check if many games run at 120 FPS anyway. The internal framerate counters in Armajet and World of Tanks Blitz show that both games run at between 115 and 120 FPS, though. Incidentally, Gamebench reports that Call of Duty Mobile never runs below 60 FPS in our benchmark sequence. According to the settings, Genshin Impact only supports up to 60 FPS, but it remains relatively stable at this limit, despite occasional dips to 57 or 59 FPS. Only with PUBG Mobile (Classic on Karakin) at Ultra HD do we notice the iPad Pro 12.9 averaging 39 FPS. We should stress that this is a PUBG Mobile limitation though, as it only provides between 60 and 90 FPS even at the lowest detail levels.

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; Call of Duty Mobile; high; 1.0.22: Ø60 (60-60)
; Call of Duty Mobile; very high; 1.0.22: Ø60 (60-60)
; Call of Duty Mobile; very high; 1.0.22: Ø60 (60-60)
; Genshin Impact; 1.6.0: Ø59.9 (57-60)

Emissions - Fast and still silent

Temperature

The surface temperatures were always within limits during our tests. The iPad Pro 12.9 does not get uncomfortably hot even during long and demanding gaming sessions, such as in PUBG Mobile or CoD Mobile. This is the case with the tablet connected to the Smart Folio Case, for reference.

However, it is worth noting that the iPad Pro 12.9 throttles the Apple M1 more than the MacBook Air to achieve low case temperatures, even though both machines passively cool their SoC. Presumably, this is because of the iPad Pro's thinner chassis. Accordingly, the smaller iPad Pro 11 throttles the M1 even heavier in the 3DMark Wild Life Extreme stress test than the MacBook Air or the iPad Pro 12.9.

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
99.9 % ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
96.9 (715min - 738max) % ∼97%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
62.8 (10881min - 17315max) % ∼63%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
88.1 % ∼100% +18%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
74.6 % ∼85%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
62.9 (3132min - 4982max) % ∼71% -16%
Max. Load
 31 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
34 °C
93 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
37 °C
99 F
34 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
35 °C
95 F
34 °C
93 F
32 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
34 °C
93 F
33 °C
91 F
Maximum: 35 °C = 95 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  26 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Fluke 64 Max
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33 °C / 91 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 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 34.5 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.5 °C / 87 F.
Hotspot on the back below the Apple logo.
Hotspot on the back below the Apple logo.
The glass front cannot be measured through reflections, here with five heat pads for the measurement.
The glass front cannot be measured through reflections, here with five heat pads for the measurement.

Speakers

Speakers playing a 1 kHz sine wave
Speakers playing a 1 kHz sine wave

The four speakers in the iPad Pro provide excellent sound, especially given the tablet's size. The speakers in our review unit even beat those in the MacBook Air, and there are measurable differences between the former and the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro. The slightly louder Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has to admit defeat in bass and treble, too.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.840.72524.323.33126.527.34026.324.35023.720.66327.523.48041.822.510057.318.712563.421.716064.622.820063.117.825067.417.431569.517.840071.918.950074.215.26307011.580073.610.3100074.210.1125075.710.9160072.510.2200071.110.5250069.310.8315064.810.8400071.211.2500069.611.363006511.480007311.31000074.511.41250071.411.31600057.110.5SPL83.924.2N60.50.5median 70median 11.3Delta43.433.436.621.721.82020.62223.522.434.225.730.422.435.717.747.122.457.921.161.615.859.7156213.462.416.168.113.169.211.463.110.766.910.165.510.468.31168.71167.111.266.811.567.511.670.611.967.111.968.711.965.512.162.811.862.41160.623.979.60.547.3median 11.9median 65.523.13031.826.725.525.627.226.124.836.440.329.228.72531.317.844.918.353.218.662.217.457.414.260.215.965.212.8671471.913.374.512.276.312.375.711.971.712.869.212.767.212.169.412.972.213.266.613.468.213.670.813.472.713.969.51463.514.251.725.283.50.761.8median 13.4median 68.21.25.730.527.621.324.418.421.522.525.320.332.315.824.115.735.116.741.515.152.61564.310.663.114.16610.869.610.971.410.575.78.876107710.178.411.177.611.977.6117412.168.612.572.512.776.513.476.413.873.21567.91469.114.169.914.15824.487.20.575.8median 12.5median 71.425.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 EntryApple iPad Pro 11 2021Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

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
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% 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 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% 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 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - The iPad 12.9 with an M1 SoC is no runtime miracle

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption, we see a slightly higher power consumption compared to the 11-inch Pro model, with the larger Mini LED display the culprit. Compared to its predecessor, the new iPad Pro 12.9 is a little more power-hungry in most cases, but it is difficult to say if the M1 SoC or the Mini LED display are behind this increase. However, comparing the iPad Pro 12.9 to the MacBook Pro 13 shows how much the former holds the M1 SoC back.

Incidentally, our test device behaved abnormally when we switched it off. Here, the iPad Pro 12.9 constantly pulled 0.9 W when connected to its bundled charger, significantly more than it consumes in standby mode. Repeated tests confirmed this.

Power consumption is higher when the iPad Pro 12.9 is switched off than during standby
Power consumption is higher when the iPad Pro 12.9 is switched off than during standby
Standby power consumption is more economical despite its occasional peaks
Standby power consumption is more economical despite its occasional peaks
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.9 / 0.44 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.8 / 9.6 / 9.8 Watt
Load midlight 12.2 / 12.6 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 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
9720 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7538 mAh
Power Consumption
-69%
7%
33%
Idle Minimum *
1.8
1.67
7%
1.22
32%
1.01
44%
Idle Average *
9.6
6.7
30%
8.68
10%
6.2
35%
Idle Maximum *
9.8
7.4
24%
8.75
11%
6.23
36%
Load Average *
12.2
28
-130%
11.72
4%
8.99
26%
Load Maximum *
12.6
47.5
-277%
15.25
-21%
9.89
22%

* ... smaller is better

The iPad Pro 12.9 yields some interesting results at half brightness when comparing it to the new iPad Pro 11. The former consumes more than the latter when idling, but the pair meet at a similar level under load. The larger display does not play a significant role here, nor the Mini LED backlight. We run GFXBench's off-screen benchmark here, so most areas remain black. Borrowing the 90 W charger from a MacBook Pro 16 does not cause the iPad Pro 12.9 to consume more power either, so the included 20 W power supply does not hold the tablet back, even if it hampers its charging speed.

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1: Ø9.49 (3.62-16.8)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 Apple M1: Ø8.23 (2.09-16.7)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1; Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø16.6 (16.4-16.8)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 Apple M1; Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø16.5 (16.2-16.6)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1; Idle 1min: Ø3.21 (3.09-3.83)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021 Apple M1; Idle 1min: Ø2.29 (2.18-2.73)

Battery Life

The large iPad has to admit defeat to its competitors, such as the 11-inch iPad Pro and its 2020 predecessor, in terms of battery life. The MacBook Air also plays in a different league. Only the two Surface products are significantly weaker in this regard.

Four hours of gaming at maximum brightness and eleven hours of Wi-Fi surfing at 150 cd/m² are still respectable runtimes though, in our opinion. You do not need to worry about limited performance with the iPad Pro 12.9 when using it in battery mode, either.

The supplied 20 W power adapter charges the iPad Pro 12.9 relatively slowly, as we mentioned earlier. Our review unit takes 4:12 hours to recharge fully in standby mode, and 2:40 hours with the 90 W charger from a MacBook Pro 16, during which the tablet consumes about 30 W.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 13min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
4h 33.7min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
13h 38min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 15min
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Microsoft Surface Pro X
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
9720 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
7538 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
8600 mAh
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
 mAh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
 mAh
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
4380 mAh
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
4380 mAh
Battery Runtime
-30%
-4%
16%
11%
11%
-19%
62%
39%
43%
Reader / Idle
1827
2278
1877
1641
816
H.264
818
738
-10%
932
14%
909
11%
851
4%
650
-21%
1152
41%
WiFi v1.3
673
469
-30%
905
34%
819
22%
891
32%
624
-7%
483
-28%
1223
82%
933
39%
960
43%
Load
255
167
-35%
286
12%
233
-9%
348
36%
232
-9%

Pros

+ Extremely high performance
+ Excellent speakers
+ Long update support
+ Great display with HDR content

Cons

- Weak charger
- Slow display response times and PWM brightness control
- Only 12 months warranty
- iPadOS limits its potential somewhat

Verdict - Mini LED, and an M1 SoC create almost the perfect tablet

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) tablet review with a Mini LED display and an M1 SoC
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) tablet review with a Mini LED display and an M1 SoC

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is, once again, an excellent tablet. However, its size, weight, restrictive OS and price continue to render it a niche product. A Mini LED display and the mighty Apple M1 SoC are new this year, with the former convincing us with its contrast, brightness, HDR, and illumination. However, the iPad Pro 12.9 is not always ahead of its 11-inch sibling regarding colour reproduction and dark surroundings. The use of PWM for brightness control in the 12.9-inch model will also upset some people.

There are no points of criticism with the Apple M1, though. The tablet offers outstanding performance, along with decent battery life and temperatures, despite passive cooling in its thin chassis. Furthermore, you now get a fast USB 4 port that should futureproof the tablet.

The iPad does not quite do justice to its Pro name, though. In our opinion, this is because of the lack of software for its excellent hardware and the limited versatility that iPadOS offers.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro hardly shows any weaknesses, but it cannot (yet) fully exploit its potential.

Most people would be better served with the smaller 11-inch model or the iPad Air. Additionally, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus or the Surface Pro series if you are looking for greater software flexibility. However, in terms of battery life and performance, neither Microsoft's nor Samsung's alternatives can match Apple. Typically, Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus do not offer as many software updates as Apple's tablets do, either. 

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Price & Availability

At the time of publication, Apple charges US$1,099 for the entry-level version of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) tested here (8/128 GB, Wi-Fi). Currently, Amazon matches Apple's price, but the smaller 11-inch model is available at a discount.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 - 06/25/2021 v7
Klaus Hinum

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
79 / 80 → 98%
Pointing Device
97%
Connectivity
55 / 70 → 78%
Weight
80 / 40-88 → 84%
Battery
89%
Display
90%
Games Performance
77 / 78 → 99%