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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) review: Apple's giant tablet now runs with the M2 SoC

Slim power tablet. Apple has given its biggest tablet a mild upgrade and the new M2 processor. However, other improvements are far and few between. Read our review to find out what else is new and whether upgrading to the new tablet is worthwhile.

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 takes things to a new level. Sporting a 12.9-inch display, it is a rarity not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the mini-LED technology used. Throw in the optional keyboard and stylus, and the tablet turns into a creative machine, while the Apple M2 processor leaves most notebooks in the dust. However, all this comes at a price, which has increased with the new version.

In review here is the cheapest entry-level model without mobile connectivity, which costs US$1,099. All prices and storage variants, which now range up to 2 TB, can be found in the following table: 

Storage equipment Price (WLAN model) Price (with cellular modem)
128 GB US$1,099 US$1,299
256 GB US$1,199 US$1,399
512 GB US$1,399 US$1,599
1.024 GB US$1,799 US$1,999
2.048 GB US$2,199 US$2,399
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 (iPad Pro Series)
Processor
Apple M2 8 x 2.4 - 3.5 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
12.90 inch 4:3, 2732 x 2048 pixel 265 PPI, capacitive, Liquid Retina XDR Display, Mini-LED, 1.8% reflectivity, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 112.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Face ID, LiDAR-Scaner, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS
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, 3.82 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 10702
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 16
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8) + 10 MPix (f/2.4, 125°), Sapphire crystal lens cover, 4k-Video
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.4, 122°), Full HD video
Additional features
Speakers: Quad, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB-C-Cabel, 20W-Charger, Sticker, 12 Months Warranty, HDR: HLG, HDR10, Dolby Vision, fanless
Weight
682 g ( = 24.06 oz / 1.5 pounds), Power Supply: 70 g ( = 2.47 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
1449 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
91.8 %
11/2022
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
88.3 %
04/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
572 g5.7 mm12.40"2800x1752
91.3 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
89.1 %
03/2022
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
565 g5.6 mm12.60"2560x1600
88.8 %
10/2021
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Kirin 9000E, Mali-G78 MP22
609 g6.7 mm12.60"2560x1600

Case - Almost as large as six iPhone 14 Pro(s)

Despite its immense size, the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) has a slim unibody design and feels good in the hands. Although it is the heaviest tablet in the comparison field, it is not as bulky as the spec sheet suggests. Fun fact: The display area is almost as large as that of six iPhone 14 Pros

The build quality is first-class. The aluminum is a haptic flatterer and insensitive to fingerprints. Gaps are tight and even. The tablet yields slightly when subject to torsional stress and creaks a little, but still gives a stable impression. 

The iPad Pro 12.9 does not possess any certifications against dust or water. On the aspect of sustainability the 6th generation shows no improvements, unfortunately. Apple's sustainability report reveals reduced energy efficiency and the 2 TB model has a larger carbon footprint than its predecessor, but all other storage variants have a lower carbon footprint. As with the iPad 10, recycled gold is now also used here.

Size comparison: iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) vs. iPhone 14 Pro

Size Comparison

286.5 mm / 11.3 inch 184.7 mm / 7.27 inch 6.7 mm / 0.2638 inch 609 g1.343 lbs285.6 mm / 11.2 inch 184.5 mm / 7.26 inch 5.6 mm / 0.2205 inch 565 g1.246 lbs285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 572 g1.261 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 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - Apple tablet with Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4

Apple has left equipment of last year's model, which was already very high quality, untouched. This includes a USB 4 interface, which also supports Thunderbolt 3 and thus data transfer rates of up to 40 GBit/s as well as wired image output.

Bluetooth 5.3 is a new addition, and the Apple tablet now also supports Wi-Fi 6E. Optional keyboards can be connected to the Smart Connector on the back, which magnetically lock to the iPad Pro. A pencil (2nd generation) can be attached and recharged via the magnetic surface on the right long side.

Top: speaker, 2x microphone, speaker, power
Top: speaker, 2x microphone, speaker, power
Left: microphone
Left: microphone
Right: volume, magnetic connector
Right: volume, magnetic connector
Bottom: speaker, USB4/Thunderbolt, speaker
Bottom: speaker, USB4/Thunderbolt, speaker

Software - iPadOS is still no replacement for macOS

The 6th generation Apple iPad Pro 12.9 comes with iPadOS 16.1. During our review, our review sample received a bugfix update to version 16.1.1. The mobile operating system is still not an adequate alternative to macOS. Even if Apple likes to claim that the tablet is a full-fledged notebook replacement, this is likely to be true only in a few cases, especially in productive work. An exception here is certainly the creativity aspect, which is simply more fluid with a pen and a touchscreen than on a laptop. We like the fact that Stage Manager has made it onto the iPad.

The current iPadOS continues to do without bloatware and the iPad Pro 12.9 should be supplied with updates for a long time. Although Apple does not provide exact details, we expect at least five years of software updates. 

Communication & GNSS - 6 GHz WiFi for iPad Pro 12.9

A new feature of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is the support for Wi-Fi 6E and thus also the 6 GHz network for the WLAN. This also works in conjunction with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, but the transmission rates fall far short of expectations. This worked much better in the smaller iPad Pro 11.

A cellular module with a broad frequency range and 5G is optionally available, which can use either a nano-SIM or an eSIM.

Networking
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
442 (min: 222) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
486 (min: 175) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
747 (min: 145) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
702 (min: 225) MBit/s ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
831 (min: 779) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
896 (min: 774) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1797 (min: 920) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1598 (min: 1441) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 transmit AX12
722 (min: 678) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 receive AX12
780 (min: 699) MBit/s ∼62%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
719 (min: 644) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
851 (min: 475) MBit/s ∼95%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 transmit AX12
1750 (min: 878) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
1250 (min: 1126) MBit/s ∼100%
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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø747 (145-917)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1767 (920-1830)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø694 (225-834)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1598 (1441-1641)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø442 (222-528)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø830 (779-861)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø486 (175-591)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø896 (774-935)

The WLAN model does not use GNSS for positioning. Instead, the Apple tablet uses Wi-Fi, the digital compass, and iBeacon micro-location to determine its own location. However, this is insufficient for navigation tasks or route guidance.

GNSS test ride: circumnavigation of the lake
GNSS test ride: circumnavigation of the lake
GNSS test ride: loop
GNSS test ride: loop
GNSS test ride: summary
GNSS test ride: summary

Cameras - 4k ProRes not for all models

Selfie with the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022)
Selfie with the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022)

The front camera of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 features an ultra-wide angle (122°) with 12 MPix, supports Smart HDR 4 and can record videos in Full HD at up to 60 frames per second. We like the recordings and they are well suited for video conferencing.

On the back is a dual camera which consists of a 12 MPix wide-angle and a 10 MPix ultra-wide-angle sensor. The white balance is quite warm, and photos are very coherent and balanced at close range. Details are retained very well without being overdone via post-sharpening. In panoramic shots or with distant objects, however, the dynamics drop sharply and noise becomes visible in dark image areas. The ultra-wide-angle becomes a little blurry towards the edges and the depth of field is rather weak. Since the tablet is not a typical companion for photography, the given performance is more than sufficient and is again supplemented by a LiDAR scanner.

Videos are recorded in Ultra HD at up to 60 FPS at best, which can even be done in Apple's ProRes (up to 4k, 30 FPS). Those who want to use video material with the Intaframe format should keep in mind that this feature only works to a limited extent at 1,080p (30 FPS) in the 128 GB model. 

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.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra wide angle5x zoomLow light

Under controlled lighting conditions, the main camera of the iPad Pro 12.9 is characterized by comparatively natural color reproduction, which shows no major outliers. The white balance is quite warm, just like in everyday life. Black is strongly brightened and looks more like gray.

The test chart has been strongly sharpened in the middle, showing a lot of detail, but becomes blurrier towards the edges.

ColorChecker
2.2 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022: 5.06 ∆E min: 2.11 - max: 9.82 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆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
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022: 47.05 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 93.69 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - Cable now sealed in fabric

The scope of delivery remains unchanged and includes a modular 20-watt power adapter (USB-C) and a fabric-covered USB-C cable. The 2nd generation Pencil stylus is optionally available for US$129.99, and a Magic Keyboard costs US$349.99. Apple also offers protective cases, stronger power adapters and much more.

Apple grants a 12-month warranty for the iPad Pro, which does not affect the retailer's warranty (which itself is country/location dependent - be sure to check with your supplier before purchasing). 

A Care+ insurance package is also available. This costs either a one-time fee of US$149.00 (for two years) or US7.99 per month and includes an unlimited number of repairs in case of accidental damage. Each accident is subject to a service fee of US$49 for the iPad and US$29 for the Apple Pencil or Apple-branded iPad keyboard, plus applicable tax.

Input Devices & Operation - iPad with Face ID

The huge capacitive touchscreen of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) has very good gliding properties and implements inputs quickly and precisely in all areas. The panel also supports pen input, which requires a 2nd generation Apple Pencil that is simply paired with the tablet and charged by clipping onto the magnetic connector. Although this is nothing new so far, the panel now recognizes the Pencil even when it is hovering above the display.

A big difference to the smaller iPad Pro 11 concerns the preinstalled keyboard layout. This has more keys, which makes for more comfortable typing on the large iPad Pro, even without the optional keyboard.

A three-dimensional Face ID facial recognition is available for biometric security. This works well, but the necessary sensors are often covered when the Apple tablet is held in landscape mode. 

Display - Accurate mini LED panel in the iPad Pro 2022

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The display of the iPad Pro 12.9 has not changed fundamentally compared to last year's model. Apple continues to deploy a high-resolution mini-LED panel that works with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and uses over 10,000 mini-LEDs for 2,596 local dimming zones.

The brightness distribution is very even and delivers an average value of 611 cd/m² (SDR) with the ambient light sensor activated. Those who prefer to regulate it manually have up to 588 cd/m² at their disposal. With an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL18), this measures 625 cd/m². When displaying HDR content, up to 1,600 cd/m² is supposed to be possible, but we could not extract this number out of the panel. 

Under the oscilloscope, we observed a constant high-frequency flickering. Those who are very sensitive to pulse width modulation may tend to complain during longer periods of use. Otherwise it should not prove problematic, but it did make it difficult for us to measure the response times. These turned out to be quite high, and OLEDs still have a clear advantage in this area. On the other hand, as slow-motion observation through a microscope shows, no temporal dithering is present.

608
cd/m²
612
cd/m²
621
cd/m²
609
cd/m²
611
cd/m²
613
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Liquid Retina XDR Display
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 621 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 604.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.09 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 611 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
100% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
Mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.40
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
IPS mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
AMOLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
OLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Screen
-34%
-18%
-44%
-21%
Brightness middle
611
459
-25%
620
1%
552
-10%
383
-37%
Brightness
605
462
-24%
612
1%
555
-8%
390
-36%
Brightness Distribution
92
97
5%
96
4%
97
5%
94
2%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
2.2
-57%
1.8
-29%
3.43
-145%
2.1
-50%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.3
4.9
-48%
4.9
-48%
7.25
-120%
3.7
-12%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.3
3.6
-57%
3.1
-35%
2
13%
2.1
9%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.09 105%
2214 0%
2.253 98%
2.14 103%
CCT
6930 94%
6558 99%
6892 94%
6417 101%
6258 104%

* ... 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 6401 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 6401 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 6401 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Minimum display brightness
min.
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
Maximum display brightness
100%

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Color representation is even more accurate in our tablet than in the predecessor. Colors do not show any deviations that can be seen with the naked eye, and the white balance is just a touch too cool with the True Tone function deactivated. With True Tone, the display is much warmer, but unfortunately not more accurate.

Grayscale (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (True Tone disabled, target color space: sRGB)

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
37.53 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 21.53 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 19.5 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 makes a good impression outdoors and is usually easy to read. However, it may be a different story on sunny summer days because, while the brightness is good, it does not provide enough reserves. The anti-reflective coating keeps reflections visibly within limits. 

Outdoors
Outdoors
in cloudy weather
in cloudy weather

The viewing angle stability of the mini-LED display in the iPad Pro 12.9 is excellent. Even at very flat viewing angles, there is hardly any loss of brightness and colors do not show any inversions. We did not observe any halos in our review sample either. 

Viewing angle stability of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022)
Viewing angle stability of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022)

Performance - iPad Pro with Apple M2

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is powered by the Apple M2 SoC and has 8 GB of RAM. Those who opt for the 1 or 2 TB variant even get 16 GB of RAM. This means that the Apple tablet nominally has the same computing power as the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

This is confirmed in terms of pure CPU performance in the benchmarks because the iPad Pro 12.9 achieves the same results as the two laptops in Geekbench. Compared to the predecessor with the M1, this means a performance increase of eleven percent (single-core) and 16 percent (multi-core).

Compared to the Android competition, the iPad Pro is in a different league in all areas. In regard to storage speed, write rates have greatly improved.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average Apple M2 (1890 - 1937, n=5)
1912 Points ∼83% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
1890 Points ∼82%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1710 Points ∼74% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
1182 Points ∼51% -37%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
955 Points ∼41% -49%
Average of class Tablet (152 - 1892, n=45, last 2 years)
747 Points ∼32% -60%
Multi-Core
Average Apple M2 (8491 - 8991, n=5)
8784 Points ∼31% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
8524 Points ∼30%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7378 Points ∼26% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
3293 Points ∼11% -61%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
3215 Points ∼11% -62%
Average of class Tablet (780 - 8524, n=45, last 2 years)
2694 Points ∼9% -68%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
1416727 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2 (1257986 - 1416727, n=2)
1337357 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1186706 Points ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
821646 Points ∼58% -42%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
707685 Points ∼50% -50%
Average of class Tablet (117837 - 1416727, n=35, last 2 years)
529922 Points ∼37% -63%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
1584 Points ∼61%
Average Apple M2 (1496 - 1585, n=5)
1535 Points ∼59% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1283 Points ∼50% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
999 Points ∼39% -37%
Average of class Tablet (335 - 1585, n=23, last 2 years)
796 Points ∼31% -50%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
732 Points ∼28% -54%
Geekbench ML
TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
1245 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
1245 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1041 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Tablet (851 - 1245, n=5, last 2 years)
1019 Points ∼82% -18%
TensorFlow Lite GPU 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
3383 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
3383 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
2855 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Tablet (1991 - 3383, n=5, last 2 years)
2793 Points ∼83% -17%
TensorFlow Lite NNAPI / Core ML 0.5
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
3150 Points ∼98%
Average Apple M2
3150 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2496 - 3150, n=5, last 2 years)
2720 Points ∼85% -14%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
2611 Points ∼81% -17%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V10
System
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
41712 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
41712 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
36884 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Tablet (4220 - 41712, n=5, last 2 years)
23627 Points ∼57% -43%
CPU Tests
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
16881 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
16881 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
15535 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Tablet (4618 - 16881, n=5, last 2 years)
11178 Points ∼66% -34%
Memory Tests
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
58833 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
58833 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
52461 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Tablet (15506 - 58833, n=5, last 2 years)
38400 Points ∼65% -35%
Disk Tests
Average of class Tablet (11753 - 73460, n=5, last 2 years)
38539 Points ∼15% +23%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
31327 Points ∼12%
Average Apple M2
31327 Points ∼12% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
23674 Points ∼9% -24%
2D Graphics Tests
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
41679 Points ∼75%
Average Apple M2
41679 Points ∼75% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
37702 Points ∼67% -10%
Average of class Tablet (22675 - 41679, n=5, last 2 years)
33106 Points ∼59% -21%
3D Graphics Tests
Average of class Tablet (19075 - 66260, n=5, last 2 years)
30626 Points ∼44% +34%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
22812 Points ∼33%
Average Apple M2
22812 Points ∼33% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
22578 Points ∼32% -1%
Storage Write
Average Apple M2 (914 - 921, n=2)
918 MB/s ∼76% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
914 MB/s ∼76%
Average of class Tablet (181 - 921, n=6, last 2 years)
529 MB/s ∼44% -42%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
394 MB/s ∼33% -57%
Storage Read
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
905 MB/s ∼53%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
901 MB/s ∼52% 0%
Average Apple M2 (856 - 905, n=2)
881 MB/s ∼51% -3%
Average of class Tablet (269 - 905, n=6, last 2 years)
638 MB/s ∼37% -30%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 HiSilicon Kirin 9000E, ARM Mali-G78 MP22, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

The Apple M2 GPU ensures strong performance and is up 38 percent over its predecessor in 3DMark and up to 55 percent in GFXBench. This is mainly due to the two additional cores.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
6909 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4975 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2493 Points ∼36% -64%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1805 Points ∼26% -74%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1225 Points ∼18% -82%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
6919 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
5035 Points ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2473 Points ∼36% -64%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1863 Points ∼27% -73%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1232 Points ∼18% -82%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
25317 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
18303 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8798 Points ∼35% -65%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6399 Points ∼25% -75%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4199 Points ∼17% -83%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼99% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼99% -1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼51% -49%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
873 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
588 fps ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
334 fps ∼38% -62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
232 fps ∼27% -73%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
226 fps ∼26% -74%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
115 fps ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼75% -25%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼65% -35%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼51% -49%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
494 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
318 fps ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
163 fps ∼33% -67%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
154 fps ∼31% -69%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps ∼27% -73%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
115 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
74 fps ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps ∼51% -49%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼50% -50%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼43% -57%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
340 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
227 fps ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼36% -64%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼33% -67%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95 fps ∼28% -72%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
89 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
55.3 fps ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps ∼48% -52%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼46% -54%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼34% -66%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
214 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
150 fps ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
72 fps ∼34% -66%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼30% -70%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼27% -73%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
70 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
43.7 fps ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps ∼46% -54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼43% -57%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps ∼29% -71%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
90 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
63 fps ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps ∼41% -59%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼34% -66%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼24% -76%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
89 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
67 fps ∼75% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼49% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼49% -51%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps ∼36% -64%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
241 fps ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
177 fps ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps ∼38% -62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps ∼32% -68%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼24% -76%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal / Overall Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
9739 Points ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2673 Points ∼27% -73%

Basemark GPUScore