iPad Air 4 vs 11″ iPad Pro

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Ipad r4 was pretty much the star of the crappy show we saw yesterday because it had the most amount of changes year over year to the ipad air lineup but let's be honest with ourselves as much as apple liked to talk about this being a new design and introducing usbc and the smart connector support and all that we know what the ipad air 4 really was it's a dumbed down version of the 11 inch ipad pro to improve on affordability but the truth is is that 600 price tag really worth it compared to what you can get out of the 11 inch ipad pro particularly the one from

2018. without further ado let's begin so look i totally get it a lot of us want the new thing right the air 4 comes in all these pretty new colors that the ipad pro never came in and the ipad pro is old news all right we've known about it for almost two years now it was unveiled back in october of 2018 so yeah we are coming up on the two year anniversary and you don't want to buy something that's two years old because that's not going to be so flashy you want to buy the new latest thing

On the website but the truth is the 11 inch ipad pro can offer you quite a bit more than the air 4 honestly does and to be frank as an apple sheep i'm kind of disappointed with a lot of the corners they cut literally and figuratively on the ipad air 4 but in my opinion doesn't necessarily justify the 600 price tag and i think it would have been much much better if they priced it at 500 bucks but they didn't and that's the reality of the situation we're living in right now so what are the differences between

These two ipads what are you really gaining by buying an old refurbished or used 11 inch ipad pro versus going with the ipad air 4. well for one face id in my opinion this is one of the best features the ipad pro has over the air for because while it's cool that for the first time apple has now embedded touch id into a power button they've never done that before i use my ipad quite a bit and let me be honest with you i almost never tap the power button anymore and there's a good reason why

It's because face id is so simple and seamless whether you have a folio cover or a keyboard case just when you open the ipad pro the screen lights up it's already looking for your face and because it works in any orientation it unlocks and i just have to either press the spacebar to go to the home screen or swipe up it's very simple and very easy and pretty much the only time i end up pressing that power button is when i want to take a screenshot or activate siri without actually calling out to her for some reason which is

Pretty rare i don't do that very much and if apple was to implement touch id in a more bezel-less style design i guess the power button is probably the best way to do it but in my opinion still it's going to be objectively worse than face id okay because before touch id was embedded in the home button before and yeah you could ignore the home button if you wanted but still people were kind of used to ipads being able to just press the home button to go home so pressing that home button to unlock

It was pretty simple and intuitive because it was where you were pressing to go home anyway so having touch id there just made sense whereas now there's no button on the front of the air four which means you can tap to wake up the display but it won't unlock until you rest your specifically registered finger on that power button and it's also further away than the home button used to be because even if you were using it like a laptop or in landscape mode the home button is somewhere where your finger could

Naturally rest it was in the middle of the ipad's length or if you're using it in portrait mode it would be like an older iphone where you just press the home button to go home power button though is a reach up especially if you're planning on using the air four with a magic keyboard case you're going to the very very very top corner of the ipad and resting your finger there and in my opinion this is an extra step there's extra complexity especially when logging into certain

Apps or signing in with certain passwords compared to face id where you can literally just click on the password text box it automatically starts looking for you and then unlocks you don't have to do anything whereas on this one it's going to say rest your finger on the power button rest your finger on the power button because your finger is naturally not going to be there and it's not looking for your face which is naturally there so my point is the ipad pro has face id and that's better the other big advantage it

Has over the air 4 is 120 hertz pro motion technology which as we've talked about with the iphones in my opinion is really awesome and noticeable but i get it some of you are saying 60 hertz is fine i can't really see a difference anyway i would argue that it matters a little bit more on the ipad pro simply because of the apple pencil and when you're drawing with something or taking notes 120 hertz versus 60 hertz i think is vastly more appreciated compared to the debate we have with 120hz being

Important for iphones we go back and forth on that all the time i think it's really really nice but i also admit most people probably can't tell the difference but mainly with iphones we're just talking about like scrolling in the way apps move around and motion on the display whereas on the ipad if you use it for taking notes and you want to use a stylus for it 120 hertz does make a much more noticeable difference to the average consumer now processing wise i actually think these two ipads are

Pretty dang close again the air 4 might have a little bit of an advantage here with the a14 chip which if the rumors are true and the numbers apple is giving us is correct it sounds like it could outperform the a12x chip a little bit but not substantially okay so i don't think that the air four is necessarily going to be capable of doing a bunch of things that the 11 inch ipad pro can't unless we start getting into the great great distant future like which ipad will get more years of support

Honestly the chips are pretty evenly matched and i don't think the performance differences will be that noticeable so either way both chips are easily going to be getting five to six years of software support whether you buy the 2018 ipad pro or you buy the air for next month camera wise these ipads are almost identical same front-facing camera same rear-facing camera however the ipad pro does have flash if you care about that type of thing and the ipad pro does have

Portrait mode thanks to that true depth camera system on the front so if you care about that type of thing i guess you do have it on the ipad pro and believe it or not the dimensions of the air 4 compared to the ipad pro are actually very very slightly different likely not something you would notice when holding the two of them but the website does go into detail that the ipad pro is 5.9 millimeters thin whereas the air 4 is 6.1 millimeters thin so maybe this is apple's direct response to you know the

Ipad's bending too easily the air 4 is a little bit thicker but surprisingly not heavier the ipad air 4 comes in at just one pound which is just ever so slightly lighter than the ipad pro which i do agree is weird the air force is thicker but lighter at the same time i don't really know how but also the ipad pro is ever so slightly wider just by like .02 inches it's a very very small difference but technically the form factors are a little off they're not exactly the same however they're both compatible

With the same magic keyboard case so don't have to worry about compatibility here and it's also worth mentioning that the ipad pro display will get a little bit brighter apple detailed on their website that the ipad pros go up to 600 nits the air 4 however goes up to 500 nits so in day to day use this probably won't be that noticeable but if you plan on using your ipad outside or somewhere where it's very bright in the sun the ipad pro is probably going to do a little bit better than the air 4. the bezels on the air 4 are also ever so

Slightly thicker again it probably won't be super noticeable when using them side by side but on the website you can actually see it ever so slightly so despite these ipads being a near identical form factor the ipad pro does have a little bit thinner bezels and that's what gives it that 11 inch screen size whereas the air 4 is a 10.9 inch display simply because the bezels are a slight more chunk than the ipad pro also something i recently discovered and i'm not sure if this is an error on the website or something that

Was put in intentionally but apple's compare page says that the ipad air 4 does not have the ability to output power from the usbc port to charge another device like for instance your iphone it does list this for the 11 11-inch ipad pro suggesting that you can charge external computers from that usbc port and that feature is not listed for the air 4. don't quote me on that necessarily because they may have just forgotten to put it there or for some reason decided

You know what the air force isn't going to be capable of charging little extra accessories if you want to which would kind of suck i don't want that to be the case it's usbc you know take it to its full potential however another big advantage the air 4 has of just being a later generation up-to-date ipad is it does support wi-fi 6. so if you care about that latest greatest generation wi-fi you can get that on the air for but reminder bluetooth 5 is still an option

On the 11-inch ipad pro it may be getting old but it did have the latest generation bluetooth which is good now when it comes to pricing obviously the ipad air 4 is 600 but the 11 inch ipad pro because apple is not selling it directly is a bit of a mixed bag you have to look around on amazon or ebay to see what kind of prices they're going for but the real winner that i think you guys should keep your eye out for but it seems like everyone is doing the same thing is the certified refurbished from apple 11-inch ipad pro they're very hard to

Find now because i think anytime one goes up for sale they're immediately bought and taken away but if you can find a 64 gig 11 inch ipad pro from 2018 from apple's website it's basically brand new for those who didn't know certified refurbished means apple really really cleans up the whole device they update certain internals and even some of the external components so it's basically like getting a brand new product it just won't have a picture of the ipad on the outside of the box but other than that it's essentially

Brand new and they charged 550 for that ipad so you would actually save money by going with the ipad pro from 2018. now in my opinion that's a way better value that's a way better deal than the ipad air 4 again if you can find it because it's very very hard to see them go on sale like that but i'm sure best buy or 9 to 5 toys will tweet out when there's some kind of bundle or discount for the older ipad pros but you've got some time to do some hunting basically the air force not coming out until october whereas these kinds of

Discounts and bundles you can find on other websites are going on all the time so basically just keep your eyes peeled for the next month because in my opinion 11 inch ipad pro is a way better deal you get face id 120 hertz quad speakers instead of just stereo yes apple lists them as different speaker systems so i'm not sure if the ipad pro is necessarily louder or sounds better in some way but ipad pro has a brighter display yeah the a12x chip may not be exactly as fast as the a14 chip but still really really close there's

Nothing today that the air 4 is going to be capable of processing and gpuis that the ipad pro can't do and i would heavily heavily suggest you think about looking around at least for the 11 inch ipad pro before you commit fully to the air 4 but some of you are probably fully committed anyway just because i want that green ipad but just remember if you're using this thing with a folio cover or you're using this thing with a magic keyboard case you're never gonna see that green aluminum on the back apple has a way

Of taking pictures of their products and making them look so good and then you get them in person and they will never look like that okay remember those marketing images they're showing you it's never gonna look like it's just gonna be an ipad all right it's gonna sit on your couch it's gonna collect fingerprints it's gonna collect little smudges and it'll eventually just be another slab of glass in your home so try to make the most out of your money if possible and i totally get why apple made the air

4. you know they don't want to keep selling the two-year-old ipad pro for cheaper and cheaper they would lose too much money so this is their way of cutting costs cutting corners and making a more mid-tier ipad that's high price but a lot of people i think are still going to buy it and end up enjoying it so let me know if you guys still want the air for over an 11 inch ipad pro for 550 bucks what features from the air for am i missing also worth mentioning the air 4 can only max out at 256 gigs of storage

Whereas the 11 inch ipad pro from 2020 with the lidar sensor that starts with 128 gigs of storage so if you're planning on buying a higher storage configuration for the ipad air you're actually really really close to 11 inch ipad pro pricing so hopefully i gave you some things to consider thank you all for watching this is your app sleep here i'll see you in the next one you

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