iPad vs iPad Pro: Which one should you buy?

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iPad vs iPad Pro is a decision you may be facing if you're in the market for a new tablet. Apple's iPad range now comprises four general models: the basic iPad, the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad Pro, and the choice is complicated even further in these are each available in different configurations, and even in different sizes in some cases (see our full iPad generations list to see all the options).

In this guide, we'll specifically compare the two extremes of the range: the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad released in 2021 and the M2-powered iPad Pros released in 2022 (note that while no new iPads were released in 2023, we're expecting new models to be released in 2024). Although iPad vs iPad Pro may look relatively similar, and they use the same operating system, iPad OS, the two devices are words apart in terms of price and specs. 

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at TechRadar.com, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at T3.com, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.