This is the 2020 iPad Air, which packs the a 14 bionic. If you’re unfamiliar, the a 14 bionic is the first five nanometre chip. It consists of a six core CPU and a four core GPU. The 2020 iPad Air packs four gigabytes of RAM, and it’s available with 64 or 256 gigabytes of internal storage. This is the 2020 iPad Pro, which packs the 812 z bionic. Unlike the a 14 to 812 z is a seven nanometre chip. It consists of an eight core CPU and an eight core GPU, the 2020 iPad Pro pack six gigabytes of RAM and is available in 128 256 512 in one terabyte storage configurations before we get too involved in the comparison, let me tell you more about this video sponsor paper like if you’re in the graphic designing, drawing, sketching and all things creative on your iPad using an Apple Pencil, then you really should think picking up a paper like screen protector.
Not only does it do things like protect your display, reduce fingerprints and smudges and cut back on glares. It provides a unique experience similar to writing on a piece of paper. It does this using nanodots technology, which basically means that there are hundreds of microbeads spread all over a paper like screen protector. These micro beads add a little bit of texture and create subtle vibrations to the Apple Pencil, which in return simulates the feeling of writing on paper. They provide a grippier texture the Apple Pencil. So filling in fine details. Whether you’re sketching or writing a note is easier and more natural. I mean big fan of paper like I’ve been using them for a while and I can’t recommend them enough. I’m rocking one on my iPad Air and I have another on my 2018 iPad Pro.
No matter the iPad you’re using paper like has a screen protector for you. Alright, so let’s talk pro Versus air. The difference in price between these two tablets is substantial. you are looking at a starting price of 599 for the Arab and 799 for the 11 inch iPad Pro. I have the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, which I’ll be using for reference, the specs of the 11 inch and 12.9 inch. So what do you get for an more 200 bucks right. This is probably one of the most important factors for an average consumer.
the iPad Air to 256 will set you back $749 versus 899. On the iPad Pro, which brings the price gap between these two tablets a little bit closer, you get double the GPU cores on the iPad Pro, 2additional CPU cores. Let’s find out. Here’s a quick breakdown of many benchmarks including Geekbench and and tutu. You can see the iPad Air is faster in single core thanks to its higher CPU clock speed. But the multi-core is going to go to the iPad Pro.
Looking at the compute test, which focuses more on the GPU, the iPad Air came out on top again, which is really interesting thinking it has half the amount of cores the iPad Pro. But you’ll see in my video editing test benchmarks don’t necessarily equate to real life performance gains. The iPad Pro scores higher for the end to two tests, including higher scores in CPU, GPU and RAM. Now let’s run a few CPU z performance tests and see how they compare against each other. I have CPU dash or x pulled up on both iPads. This is a CPU z app. If you want to know what it looks like, that’s the icon right there. And you can download it a free app, I went under performance.
And these are the tests that we can run in order to see how each of these iPads compare against each other. Let’s go ahead and start with the frequency test which is going to test out the clock speed of each iPad in terms of its CPU, go ahead and run it on the pro and then on the air. So the iPad Air is running at three megahertz, the iPad Pro is basically 2.5 megahertz. Let’s go ahead and backup run the database test at the same time 123. And you could see this ended, not by much. It has more in terms of the CPU load. Let’s go ahead and go back.
Now we’re going to run a few FPS test or frames per second test. This should cap out at 120 over here and 60 over here due to the display being capped at 120 hertz Versus 60 hertz. So we’re gonna start with the render Web GL 123. And this one ended maybe a hair, not that much faster. You can see it’s capped at 120. And this one is capped at 61. So a little bit above 60 hertz, but really, it’s probably an app malfunction but you can see the CPU load is definitely higher on the iPad Air Versus the iPad Pro. So let’s go ahead and go back.
Now we’re going to run a Render simple 3d object test 123. And the iPad Air came out on top, definitely a little bit faster. It has more in terms of the CPU load, but not by much. And if we move this around, you can see it maintains the between 50 and 60 frames per second. Whereas the iPad Pro maintains 120 frames per second, the entire time, really impressive. Let’s go ahead and go back. Now we’re going to run a render complex 3d object 123. And again, the iPad Air rendered it out.
But if we start moving it around, no, it’s staying at 61 frames per second. So that’s pretty impressive. The CPU load is definitely a little bit higher over here. So let’s go over to the iPad Pro. And you can see we have a decrease in frames per second, it has dropped down to 72. But it has a lower CPU load. Regardless, they’re both running really good. Let’s go ahead and go back. Now we’re going to run an algorithm test. We’re going to run the matrix multiplication tests first. 123. Pretty much even. I don’t know, let’s let’s do that again. That was I was really fast. 123. Yeah, that’s that’s really close.
This is maybe a hair. But I don’t even know that have been like an problem with how fast I press one over the other 123. Yeah, that pretty much even. Just go ahead and back up. This one is definitely going faster. So the iPad Air is a little bit faster when it comes to this test. by quite a bit. I mean, this is looking to be up Nope, they ended the same time. Wow, that was a that was crazy. This one from like, 33% all the way to 100. This was that a little bit above 60 to 100.
And it’s kind of crazy. But if you look at the milliseconds here, you can see this is a little bit faster, for the most part. But yeah, so that was a quick CPU z benchmark, test or tests, depending on how you want to get it. And you’re, like I said, you’re welcome to download this app and the App Store for free and run these tests yourself. And if you do decide to do that, let me know in the comment section what your results were like, and real world use. You won’t notice much difference between these two performance wise. I’ve edited 100 megapixel raw photos on the iPad Pro and I’ve edited the same photos on the iPad Air.
The iPad Pro is a little more fluid, but it’s hard to tell it’s because of the internal specs or if it’s because of the 120 hertz display. What I will say is that the iPad Pro does get a little bit warmer to the touch when rendering out the edits are the same thing can be said when drawing sketching, writing and anything in between when it comes to using the Apple Pencil. Both are great, but due to the rate of the Pro, it just seems smoother. Just make sure to pick up a paper like screen protector if you’re getting it in with the Apple pin.
Video editing is a different story when exporting the same two minute timeline which consists of multiple 4k 60 frames per second clips from the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the iPhone 12 probe to a 4k 60 frames per second h 264 video with the highest export settings in Luma fusion, the iPad Pro was 16 seconds faster. it comes down to you and what you plan to do with your iPad.
But when you start looking at a 10 minute export, And a half, which could add up over time. gaming on both the iPad Pro and the air is pretty much even the air have a small advantage due to the newer architecture, you’ll never see it due to the display being capped at 60 hertz and the game selection that s available in the App Store. Venture into AR gaming, iI think that’s when you’re going to see a difference when it comes to performance of the age palsy Versus the a 14.
That said thanks to the 120 hertz display on the iPad Pro. It’s definitely a better gaming experience. But since we’re strictly talking about raw performance, there’s really no difference. So in conclusion, the iPad Air is a very nice balance between cost performance, which I’m sure you know by now. I think it’s pretty Perfect, I would not go saying the 2020 iPad Air is an iPad Pro killer. When comparing the similar storage options for an more 150 bucks.
And depending on. Not to mention there’s other added benefits like the much better display and face ID. If you’re serious about choosing an iPad a laptop replacement and tend to do more creative work. I would suggest looking at the iPad Pro over the air the more ram could potentially help you out when working with multiple layers in Photoshop or bouncing between Luma fusion and GarageBand multitasking.
Of course, for everything else, the iPad Air is a stellar choice and one that I definitely recommend. I can’t wait to see where Apple takes the a 14 in the future it’s the a 14x or z since the five nanometre design is definitely the future of mobile computing. What do you think of the iPad Air would you choose it over the iPad Pro? Let me know down below.