Macworld UK review: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020)

Apple released the 2020 iPad Pro at a strange time. With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing around the world, the new tablet was announced with a simple press release rather than an extravagant event.

What we got appeared to be little more than a minor upgrade, gaining an extra camera and a LiDAR sensor, some more RAM (according to reports), a new(ish) chip and not a lot else.

The 2020 iPad Pro is the best iPad ever. It’s just that it was released at a time where there are more important things in life to worry about.

Now that I’ve acknowledged this, let’s jump into a self-aware escapist review, shall we?

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted from Macworld UK. Visit Macworld UK for the latest Mac news from across the Atlantic. We’re still waiting for Apple to send us a 2020 iPad Pro review unit, so hopefully we’ll publish the official Macworld review in due time.


If it ain’t broke

Apple barely changed the design of the new iPad Pro from the 2018 generation that completely reinvented the look (read our iPad Pro 12.9in 2018 review for more on that model). This is a good thing. In either Space Grey or Silver, it’s a stunning piece of hardware with flat edges and rounded corners that recall the beloved iPhone 5 design.

That means there still isn’t a headphone jack and you get USB-C charging and connectivity rather than Lightning. The 18W charger in the box is stingy of Apple, given the company’s 30W adapter charges it up much faster.

The 120Hz 2048 x 2732 LCD is phenomenal and a pleasure to use in all but direct sunlight, where reflections become an issue. With peerless True Tone colour adjustment, this is easily the best tablet display you can get.