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Bigger iPad Pro Might Be More Powerful, but There's Little Real-World Difference

Benchmark tests indeed indicate that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is more powerful than its 9.7-inch counterpart, but this doesn't stack up to much in real-world usage
June 6, 2016

The bigger iPad Pro is, on paper, more powerful than its smaller counterpart, but according to a recent in-depth review this doesn't stack up to much in real-world use.

AnandTech has the news (via 9to5mac), and explains in a recent review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that benchmark-wise, the larger 12.9-inch tablet packs more of a punch. The average frames per second driven by the larger iPad Pro were 80.0, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro scored 50.84, indicating that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is indeed a more powerful beast. But, in terms of everyday use, this doesn't mean users are going to be shortchanged if they opt to purchase the smaller of the two iPad Pro models.

Instead, the additional processing power of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is such since the device is powering a larger number of pixels. The 9.7-inch model, of course, is driving fewer.

The on screen test tells an interesting story though. Both models of the iPad Pro have roughly the same performance at their native resolutions in this test, which could indicate that Apple was targeting the same performance relative to the display resolution when configuring A9X and its memory, in order to manage heat and energy usage in a smaller iPad Pro.

The benchmarks worth considering are those of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2: here, the newer “pro” model is indeed shown to be faster than the same-resolution second-generation iPad Air model (50.84 compared to 37.80).

Apple's iPad Pro devices serve as the company's most-capable iOS-powered computers to date. Whether you're editing text, images, video, or audio, the enhanced processing power offered by each iPad Pro means such tasks are performed faster than ever. I've been using a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the last few months, and couldn't be happier. What about you?

For AnandTech's full review, click this link.