Stay Away From These Apple Products: What You Absolutely Shouldn’t Buy In 2023
The 2020 iPad Pro models are the last iPad Pros to not ship with the M chip. Specifically, this is for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th Gen) and 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd Gen) models. Overall performance is still decent, but no comparison to subsequent iPads with an M1 chip. Depending on the application, an upgrade is therefore not absolutely necessary. If you are making a new purchase, you should only start with the 2021 Pro models.
The 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd Gen) (for testing) and the 12.9″ iPad Pro (5th Gen) (for testing) run on the M1 chip. The difference to the current M2 chip can be checked using a benchmark, but the performance improvement is actually irrelevant in practice. Only heavy users doing complex video editing, for example, should notice a difference in speed. Other innovations, such as the pencil hover function, are rather negligible.