For a few months, rumors about a new iPad Pro have been flying around, and then Apple finally announced it in a keynote

that it has a secret for. As usual, Apple’s top man Tim Cook used all the superlatives he knows to introduce the newcomer (and he knows a lot).

The 2021 iPad Pro would have an amaaaaaazing screen and would be the most powerful iPad ever (until the next one, of course). Not to mention a fantaaaaaaastic front-facing camera and lots of other cool

stuff. In short, enough to excite our curiosity!

So when Apple offered us the chance to take the iPad Pro 12.9″ in its Wifi + cellular version in hand, we didn’t hesitate for a second. And since we’re teasing here at Presse-Citron, rather than offering a traditional test, we preferred to take up the three points the big boss was touting and see if he was being overly optimistic.

While we were at it, we also took a look at the aspects that were less emphasized. And the least we can say is that the new iPad Pro is amazing in more ways than one!

Price and availability of the iPad Pro M1

The iPad Pro M1 2021 will be available in May from 1219 euros (128 GB Wifi version) or 1389 euros if you add a 5G connection. It also comes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB versions, with and without 5G connection. The configuration that Apple gave us for this test has 1 TB of storage and a 5G connection. It’s available for €2,159.

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The (overly) expensive iPad Pro M1 accessories

Depending on how you use your tablet, it’s almost essential to opt for a few accessories that Apple is happy to sell at a high price. But are they really worth it?

The Apple Pencil 2 is undoubtedly the most popular. Capable of handling 4096 levels of pressure as well as tilt, it offers almost zero latency. Depending on the application used, a double tap on its touch area allows you to change tools.

If it is undoubtedly expensive (135 euros), it must be recognized that it is surely the most pleasant stylus to use at the moment. We adopted it to take notes, scribble and especially to retouch photos precisely.

<img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20933’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×682.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><p>© Presse-Citron</p> <p>Text-typing diehards have a choice between the Smart Keyboard Folio or the Magic Keyboard. While the former is very expensive, the latter has

a price that we do not hesitate to qualify as indecent: you will have to pay the modest sum of 219 euros to acquire it! We have the right to expect impeccable performances for this price. They are very satisfactory for the cheaper of the two and excellent for the other.

The Smart Keyboard Folio has keys with a limited but pleasant travel. A magnetic mechanism ensures contact with the tablet, which automatically recognizes its presence. When folded up, it acts as a protective case for the tablet. Having used it for many months on the iPad Pro 2020, we can recommend this keyboard for semi-intensive use. Besides its price, its main flaw is the lack of backlighting on the keys.

<img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20933’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×682.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><p>© Presse-Citron</p> <p>As for the Magic Keyboard, it’s close to perfect. Its comfortable keyboard has backlit keys and a trackpad. A magnetic mechanism, combined with the tiltable stand allows you to adjust its angle of use. It then gives the impression of floating in the air while remaining very stable.</p> <p>It also has a trackpad avoiding having to touch the screen in order to validate dialog boxes. Like its little brother, it folds over the screen to protect it during transport.</p> <p>The Magic Keyboard’s designers had the good idea of equipping it with a USB-C socket. This one only allows the connection of a charger, which leaves the Thunderbolt port free in order to connect for example u storage media.</p> <h2>A screen beautiful to cry about?</h2> <p>Rather than opting for OLED and its derivatives, Apple has been faithful since the first iPad to LCD technology. Little by little, the manufacturer is evolving the definition and technologies equipping the slabs of its tablets, but still in LCD. At first glance, this might seem surprising since the iPhone family is slowly but surely switching to OLED.</p> <img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20934’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”934″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×683.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”934″ />©

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No such thing on the iPad, then. Apple is concocting more and more powerful technologies with each passing generation. The latest one is called “Liquid Retina XDR” and looks like a sister to the one on the <a href=”

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designed to accompany the latest generation Mac Pro. Before going further, let’s clarify that only the iPad Pro 12.9″ benefits from this technology, the iPad 11” being satisfied with a more traditional LCD panel.

According to Apple, the screen of the iPad Pro 12.9″ has nothing to envy to an OLED panel: contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, brightness of 1,000 nits (1,600 nits at the peak on HDR images) and deep blacks are part of the package. In fact, we have to admit that the manufacturer does not exaggerate. The mini-LED type backlighting embeds more than 10,000 LEDs grouped into 2,500 zones, each of which is controlled independently of the others.

<img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20933’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×682.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><p>© Presse-Citron</p> <p>The blacks are significantly deeper and above all totally black, where on the previous model a slight halo remained. The colorimetry is simply excellent from the first use, the iPad being calibrated at the factory. We won’t forget to mention the 120Hz refresh rate, which ensures great fluidity to moving images.</p> <p>We compared the iPad’s image to that produced by Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. This one is our absolute benchmark for tablet displays, with its Super Amoled panel being stunning. It’s hard to detect a noticeable difference in the rendering, other than a slightly more accurate colorimetry on the iPad than on Samsung’s tablet, the latter’s colors being boosted by default to make them more flattering to the eye.</p> <p>Without a doubt, the iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display more than delivers on the promises made by the Apple.</p> <h2>An M1 engine</h2> <p>The 12.9″ iPad Pro packs a Silicon M1 SoC designed by Apple. This one isn’t exactly an unknown as we’ve already come across it on the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>MacBook Pro 13” M1</a> and on the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>MacBook Air M1</a>. Based on an ARM architecture, it features a main processor and a graphics chip each with 8 cores as well as a 16-core neural engine.</p> <p>All of this is served by 16GB of unified memory and has internal storage ranging from 128GB to 2TB depending on the model (not expandable). We’ve said it over and over again in our tests, the MacBook-style Silicon M1 is impressively fast. Quite logically, we find a similarly high level of performance on the iPad Pro.</p> <p><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>The 2020 version of the tablet</a> shipped the

The A12X Bionic SoC is already very powerful. According to Apple, the Silicon M1 is 50 percent faster in terms of pure computing power, while the graphics processor is 40 percent faster. With a score of 1,107,425 points, the iPad Pro M1 is the first mobile device with an Antutu score of over a million. In comparison, the 2020 iPad Pro 12.9″ reached 743,121 points, making it the most powerful tablet available so far.

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<img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20933’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12.9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×682.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><p>© Presse-Citron</p> <p>At the time of writing this test, there are no apps available on the iOS App Store that fully exploit this incredible computing power. It’s only a matter of weeks before they’re available, especially in games. Some popular PC titles are being ported to run on the Apple tablet. The same goes for “heavy” apps, which for now benefit from increased processing speed, which we’ve seen in photo editing and video editing.</p> <p>When it comes to computing capacity, the iPad Pro M1 is indeed a powerhouse. While Apple wasn’t exaggerating when it said so, we’re still waiting for apps that fully exploit those resources to see the real gains the Silicon M1 processor brings.</p> <h2>Fully redesigned video calling</h2> <p>Because they’ve become popular apps since the health crisis began, video conferencing apps have all more or less evolved. The same can’t be said for the images they carry. The iPad Pro M1 embeds a panoramic front camera built around a 12MPl sensor and a lens with a 122° viewing angle.</p> <p>By default, only the portion of the image where the user is standing is displayed. As soon as he moves, the AI adjusts the framing so that he remains in the center of the image. And if another person approaches, the AI zooms out so that the image takes them into account.</p> <img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%201400%20933’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ /><img src=” 1400w,×336.jpg 504w,×682.jpg 1024w,×33.jpg 50w” alt= iPad Pro M1 12,9”” width=”1400″ height=”933″ />©


This feature, called “Centered Frame”, is not new: Facebook has already used it with its cam


. But to our knowledge, this is the first time it has been integrated into a mobile device and provided such a seamless experience. In our testing, people were impressed with the reliability of the subject tracking and the smoothness of the experience. The widening of the angle of view is equally spectacular.

Built into iPadOS, Center Frame

support works with FaceTime, of course, but also with other video conferencing software (we tested it with WebEx and Zoom, for example). If Apple is to be believed, everyone should eventually benefit from this amazing frame tracking feature. Let’s hope that it will soon appear on Apple’s computers, but also on the iPhone, as its implementation seems convincing to us.

And if not

Beyond the aspects highlighted by Apple, we of course looked at the other features of the iPad Pro M1. Here’s what we think.

iPad Pro M1 design: almost nothing changes


almost impossible to tell the difference between the new iPad Pro M1 and its predecessor at a


Except for a 0.5mm increase in thickness and 42 grams more weight due to the use of a micro-LED display (685 grams versus 643 grams for the 2020 version), the newcomer is strictly identical to its predecessor. However, this slight thickening may make some accessories designed for the previous generation incompatible.

Good autonomy, slow charge

Apple announces that the iPad Pro M1 has a battery that can provide up to ten hours of continuous use. Of course, the autonomy varies greatly depending on the use of the machine.

In our case, we lasted more than a day and a half with the tablet as our main work tool. To do this, we added the very efficient and horribly expensive Magic Keyboard (€399) and the very expensive second generation Apple Pencil (€135). So equipped, we mainly typed text, consulted emails and websites, did a lot of photo editing, watched videos and played games.

Apple provides a 20 watt power supply with the machine. We quickly abandoned it, as its power does not allow for a very fast charge. Instead, we used the power supply of a 16″ MacBook Pro, which fully recharged the battery in less than 90 minutes. It’s about time the manufacturer was less stingy with a product of this price.

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Audio: four speakers in the wind

The iPad Pro M1 has four speakers. Whether you’re talking about video conversations, listening to music or watching movies, the sound produced is very respectable. While they won’t rock the machine, the bass is properly represented despite its thinness.

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spatialization is good, whatever the position of use (portrait or landscape). The bass comes from all the speakers while the midrange and treble are automatically diffused by the pair in the upper position. Finally, audio pickup is provided by five microphones that produce good quality stereo sound.

High-end connectivity


may not be the most visible point, but the connector at the base of the iPad is now Thunderbolt 3/USB-C 4, which gives it a theoretical maximum data rate of 40 Gb/sec. That doesn’t make much difference if you’re just connecting a USB stick or a traditional SSD.

On the other hand, Thunderbolt 3 allows the use of a screen like the Pro Display XDR whose resolution reaches 6K. You can also use a Thunderbolt 3-compatible high-speed storage or possibly a 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

Our test model was equipped with a 5G cellular connection. We were unable to test it due to the lack of a compatible network. So we made do with 4G, which gave us excellent performance on Orange and SFR networks. Finally, the integrated WiFi chip is Wifi 6 compatible and can therefore support a maximum theoretical downstream speed of 1.2 Gb/sec thanks to its MIMO antennas.

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Our opinion on the iPad Pro M1 12.9″ 2021

Although it’s not revolutionary, the new iPad Pro M1 12.9″ has some interesting assets. Sure, its design doesn’t change a bit, but why would anyone complain? It’s slim and functional and has everything you need to make your life easier.

We were won over by almost every aspect of the machine. Its screen, based on a mini-LED LCD panel, is a marvel if you pay attention to image quality. The Silicon M1 SoC, identical to the one found in the new MacBook Pro and Air, is a powerhouse. Of course, we appreciate the presence of a 5G connection, the very good power autonomy as well as the presence of a Thunderbolt 3 connector allowing the machine to be integrated into a professional workflow.

We regret, however, that Apple did not consider it useful to provide a more powerful AC adapter to provide a faster charge. In the same vein, we would have appreciated to find in the box the excellent Appel Pencil 2 which quickly becomes essential for creative professionals.

Finally, it’s a shame that its price puts the iPad Pro M1 out of reach of many potential users. The entry ticket for the basic model is still 1,219 euros (128 GB storage, Wi-Fi connection), which is 90 euros more expensive than a MacBook Air M1. Our test configuration (1TB Wifi + 5G) is worth €2,159.

That’s enough to

make you think twice before buying

iPad Pro M1 12,9” 2021

1219€ <!– end .cwpr-review-top –><img src=”//’%20viewBox=’0%200%200%200’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12.9”” /><img src=”×200.jpg” alt=’iPad Pro M1 12.9” /> </a> <!– end .review-wu-left-top –> <p> <h3>Design and ergonomics</h3> 8.5/10 </p> <p> <h3>Techno/price ratio</h3> 8.5/10 </p> <!– end .review-wu-left –> <h2>We like </h2> <ul> <li>Screen quality</li> <li>Overall performance</li> <li>Front-facing camera</li> <li>Good battery life</li> </ul> <h2>We don’t like </h2> <ul> <li>Rapid AC adapter</li> <li>Optional stylus</li> <li>Very high price</li> </ul> <!– end .review-wu-right –> <!– end .review-wu-content –> <!– end .review-wrap-up –>