4. iPad Pro 12.9in (2022) – Best hardware
Apple’s 12.9in iPad Pro is undoubtedly the most powerful and capable tablet on the market right now, but it’s also the most expensive – especially in the UK, with a £250 bump compared to the last-gen iPad.
That said, the cash will get you an iPad with Apple’s latest M2 chipset with plenty of power to handle whatever you throw at it, even when it comes to demanding graphics design and video editing apps. The catch is that the M2 is simply too powerful for any iPad app at the moment, and while that guarantees great performance, it can be a bit overkill for most tasks on an iPad. We need more apps designed to take advantage of the M2 power, and those are very slow to arrive.
The accompanying 120Hz micro-LED display (available on the 12.9in model exclusively) is perfect for graphics design, watching movies and browsing social media, and the 12Mp front-facing camera with auto-tracking tech is ideal for those working remotely – though it’s not placed on the long edge like with the 10th-gen iPad.
Paired with the Magic Keyboard it has the potential to be a true laptop replacement, but it’s a very pricey one, matching the asking price of a MacBook Pro.
It’s undoubtedly Apple’s best tablet, but if you’re not going to get full use out of the large display and powerful internals, you’d probably be better off with a different iPad.