iPad 2018 vs iPad Pro: Why You Should Wait for New M1 iPad Pro

By Rico Rodriguez to iPad, Apple Resources | Last Updated on May 20, 2023

Though Apple has launched one new iPad (9.7-inch) in 2018 so far, yet not all fans are content with this basic tablet and they're still waiting for the next generation of iPad Pro. Apple's New iPad Pro is eventually unveiled on May 19, 2023. Comparing iPad the new iPad Pro is a blockbuster with M1 processor, 5G support, XDR display, wide angle webcam, etc. new features worth your attention!

In this article, we will have a specific comparison between M1 iPad Pro and iPad Pro, covering the specs, display, processor, pricing to find out the reasons why this next generation iPad Pro is worth waiting for.

iPad Pro: Comparison side-by-side

iPad Pro is said to approach to Apple's iMac and MacBook series, more likely a computer for office processing than entertainment. The 2023 M1 iPad Pro models seem to prove this trend. Compared with its predecessor, you can clearly get Apple's future orientation on iPad Pro series. Check out!

iPad Pro Processor


Unlike its predecessor, the IPad Pro ditches away A12Z bionic chip, instead, it comes out with a much stronger yet faster M1 chip, which is the same to the newest iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air. The iPad Pro adopts an A11 Bionic chip, which is a variant of A11 Bionic shipped on iPhone. The gap between M1 iPad Pro and iPad Pro (2018/2020) is much larger in running speed. 2023 M1 iPad Pro is more apt to that of a Mac-based computer, not a tablet any more!

IPad Pro 5G


5G is the future trend without any doubt. Most mobile phones (iOS or Android) support 5G network. So the IPad Pro must catch this trend, too. Both models of iPad Pro 2023 offer you with option for 5G network connection. Upgrade 2018 iPad Pro to 5G iPad Pro if your budget is enough.

iPad Pro 11 inch

Bigger Screen

The iPad Pro is available in two screen sizes, namely a 12.9-inch and a 10.5 inch version. iPad Pro 2023vs 2018, there are both similarities and differences on screen size. For one thing, the 10.5 inch iPad goes from 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm to 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm, but leading a enlarged screen up to 11 inch owing to the removal of home button. While the 12.9-inch device maintains the same screen size while shrinking in terms of dimensions from 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm to 280 x 215 x 6.4mm. Beyond that, comparing with the LCD display of iPad Pro, the new iPad Pro comes with an OLED retina display, which reproduces colors more accurately and makes content much crisper.

iPad pro no home button

No Home Button

According to the leaked information from iOS Beta, the next generation iPad Pro removes the home button on the screen like iPhones (home button is gone since iPhone 8), so that the bezels would be slimmed down. Meanwhile, Apple also adopts the round corner design on the iPad Pro screen. As for the headphone jack, it is retained.

iPad Pro 2018 release date, price

Price & Release Date

The previous iPad Pro 10.5-inch starts at $649 for the 64GB in WiFi model and the 12.9-inch model begins at $799. Apple maintains the price for the new iPad Pro 2018, but it could even raise them if the tablet gains an iPhone X style design with Face ID.

Apple failed to show any new hardware at its WWDC event in June, thus Steptember-October timeframe comes the best opportunity for a debut. Actually, pre-orders for any devices announced at the event on Sept 12 begins on Sept 14, with an official release pegged for Sept 21. But Apple hasn't confirmed any details about a new iPad, so take these rumors with a pinch of salt for now.

By the way, there is a big possibility that Apple will not release a next generation iPad mini. Since iPhone is getting bigger and bigger, especially a 6.5 inch model with OLED display will be launched this year, Apple would like users to buy big screen iPhone or the 6th-genernation 9.7-inch iPad.


Obviously, if you want to buy a higher-end iPad, the new iPad Pro 2018 is worth the wait. In the iPad Pro comparison, the new one absolutely boosts the performance with more impressive features, giving you a better experience on gaming, watching videos, shooting, chatting and so on. Finally, it still feels like an unfinished story until new iPad Pros emerge.

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