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Apple iPad Pro 5th Gen (12.9-inch, 2021)

Apple iPad Pro 5th Gen (12.9-inch, 2021)
alaScore 94

42 reviews

Sep, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Apple iPad Pro 5th Gen (12.9-inch, 2021). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and portability. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical comments about the storage and battery.

screen, performance, design, portability, durability

price, battery, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple iPad Pro 5th Gen (12.9-inch, 2021) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Christian de Looper (

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) review: More than you need, exactly what you want


Apple's iPad Pro was already considered the best tablet you could get -- but in 2021, it gets even better thanks to the M1 chip and Mini LED display.

Incredible performance ; Beautiful display on 12.9-inch model ; Stunning design ; Center Stage works great ; USB 4/Thunderbolt 3 port

Nearly MacBook priced ; No Mini-LED on 11-inch model

“The iPad Pro takes the previous-generation iPad, and gives it meaningful updates that will make what was already the best tablet even better.”

May, 2021

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-Inch, 2021) Review


Gorgeous Mini LED screen ; Desktop-level CPU ; Excellent cameras and audio ; Stellar 5G performance

No real multiple monitor support ; iPadOS makes multitasking difficult ; Major apps missing from the platform

The 2021 edition of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just as powerful as a Mac, but its operating system keeps it so tightly leashed that much of its potential goes unrealized.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Phillip Tracy (

iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) review


The iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) is the most advanced tablet ever although the new upgrades aren't always noticeable

XDR display can get bright and vivid ; M1 chip is outrageously fast ; Slim, durable chassis ; Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 support ; Improved front-facing camera with Center Stage ; 5G wireless speeds

Display has some limitations ; iPadOS can feel restricting ; Expensive

Apple's iPad Pro 2021 brings display, processor and connectivity upgrades to what was already the world's best (and most expensive) tablet.

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Radoslav Minkov (

iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) Review: Is the mini-LED display a big deal?


The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a solid upgrade for those who want the best possible movie watching and gaming experience on their iPad. This iPad Pro is also packing Apple's M1 chip and up to 18GB of RAM, making it the most powerful tablet to date...

Beautiful and large OLED-rivaling mini-LED display ; Unparalleled performance ; Best speakers on a tablet ; Surprisingly thin and light for its size

iPadOS 14 doesn't take advantage of those specs ; Expensive accessories

May, 2021

Expert review by : Lloyd Coombes (

iPad Pro 2021 M1 review


Apple's M1 chip supercharges the iPad Pro 2021 M1, but iPadOS needs to catch up.

Incredible performance ; New screen technology is fantastic (12.9-inch version only) ; Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard support…

…at a cost ; Still expensive ; iPadOS still feels closer to iOS than macOS

The iPad Pro 2021 with M1 is the most powerful iPad you can buy, but it’s still an iPad. That may be what you need, but anyone looking for a laptop replacement may have a hard time justifying the cost – outside of specific workflows.

Jan, 2022

Expert review by : Ben Lovejoy (

Apple to make horizontal iPad Pro orientation the new normal, says leaker


A horizontal iPad Pro orientation is set to become the new normal with future models, suggests a leaker with a decent track record. Currently, there are a number of ways in which an iPad signals vertical – or portrait – orientation as the default,...

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Henry T. Casey (

iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) review


The iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) is the best and brightest iPad ever.

XDR display gets super bright ; M1 processor sets new iPadOS records ; Center Stage is pretty cool ; Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 support ; 5G, finally

Display is best on HDR content ; Expensive with accessories

— and catch themselves waiting for it to export video faster — should upgrade. It's without a doubt the best tablet there is — especially if you can see the difference between HDR and 4K HDR. I bet, though, that they'd love for iPadOS to mature a bit...

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (

Apple iPad Pro (2021) Review


The 2021 iPad Pro upgrades a tablet that already beat its competition.

Liquid Display XDR is superb ; Class-leading performance ; Useful, high-quality accessories

11-inch model lacks display upgrade ; Accessories greatly increase price ; IPadOS is in an awkward phase

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Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Matt Bolton (

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch M1 review


The 2021 iPad Pro 12.9-inch M1 is a tablet that's ideal as a mobile photography command centre, with a few caveats

Amazing HDR Mini-LED screen ; Ridiculously powerful M1 chip ; Extremely thin and well-made ; Useful optional 5G connectivity

Screen is mostly still 600 nits ; Just one port still

The iPad Pro M1 is, simply, the best tablet you can buy. The screen is astounding, the M1 processor is truly a beast, and everything else is top-tier too. The only question is of value – whether you’ll make use of the new features, or whether Apple’s...

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Zac Hall (

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021): Mixed verdict on mini-LED screen; new camera features impress


Robot dogs ( we can explain ) on iPad Pro My rationale for buying the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is simple: I'm dissatisfied with the state of multitasking on iPadOS, but this is the best hardware to evaluate current and future software versions. And if...

May, 2021