iPad Air vs iPad Pro: Exploring the Difference in Refurbished Apple iPads

Written by: Emma Morris

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With all these new iPads currently in rotation, it can be challenging to decipher the difference between them. 


At face value, the refurbished iPad Air looks quite similar to the refurbished iPad Pro 11 inch, both offering comparable sizes and battery life.


But have a closer inspection, and you'll soon realise the intended use of each model.

Keep reading to find out more.


Or, check out UR.co.uk's range of refurbished Apple iPads today. A great deal is just a few clicks away.

Key Takeaways:


  • Understanding the difference between the iPad Air and the iPad Pro could save you money in the long run.
  • Are you a professional looking for an iPad? Consider the iPad Pro.
  • Or, are you a student who needs a great tablet on the go? The iPad Air might be the one for you.

iPad Pro vs iPad Air: Comparison Table

Before we go further, it's important to recognise that each iPad model varies slightly, depending on the year of its release. 


For example, it wouldn't be entirely accurate to assume that a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2022 would have similar specifications to an iPad Air released years earlier.


But if we broaden our perspective, we can quickly appreciate the general distinctions between the Apple tablets with every corresponding launch.


Here are a few we'll be focusing on in this article.

Feature iPad Air iPad Pro
Design & Build Slim, lightweight design More robust build with advanced materials
Performance High performance for everyday use Top-tier performance for professional tasks
Display Quality Good display quality, less advanced Superior display quality with higher features
Target Audience Casual users, students Professionals, creatives

Note: These differences are the same regardless of whether it's a refurbished Apple iPad or one brought Brand new from the original store. 


Ensure the refurbished model is certified phone checked and you'll gain the same specs, either way.

Differences in Design of the iPad Air and the iPad Pro

women on ipad

Compare more recent versions of the iPad Air and the iPad Pro, and you won't spot much of a difference in the looks department.


Yes, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro largely outperforms the iPad Air Mini 2022 in both size and weight. 


Plus, unlike the more recent iPad Air version, the iPad Pro 2022 generally comes with a triple-tier camera system with digital zoom that surpasses the iPad Air in performance.


But, apart from these points, both models look quite similar.


Historically, both the iPad Air and the iPad Pro 11-inch have been similar in size and weight to each generation, with only a few grams' difference here and there.


As an added bonus, most recent versions are made from the same material - a 100% recycled aluminium enclosure.


If you want an iPad with more colour options, beyond the iPad Pro's Silver and Space Gray, then you might be more drawn to the iPad Air. 


However, either way, you'll get a high-quality design with either model that feels luxurious to the touch.

Display Technology in the iPad Air and iPad Pro

Now, this is where the differences start to stand out more.


The iPad Air stands out as one of the few luxury iPads that boasts a high-quality display across all its generations, surpassing its more affordable counterparts in the iPad Air vs iPad Mini battle.


But the devil is in the detail when it comes to the iPad Pro.


Unlike the iPad Air, the iPad Pro includes features specifically tailored for professional use. 


Take, for instance, the iPad Pro 2022 12-inch model, equipped with key attributes like a Liquid Retina XDR display and a mini LED display, designed to deliver brighter and richer colours, ideal for artistic work in apps like Procreate.


Plus, it offers ProMotion Display and the Apple Pencil hover feature, enabling users to quickly preview and toggle between controls without touching the tablet ‚Äď a great tool for selecting different drawing options and viewing written content in a rush.


These features might not be necessary for the casual user. But if you need an Apple tablet to keep up with your work needs, the iPad Pro is your guy.

Performance in the iPad Air and the iPad Pro

Multitasking with iPad

Performance is another key difference between the iPad Pro and the iPad Air.


In recent versions, nearly all Apple Silicon chips in the iPad Air have been positioned a step below those in the iPad Pro, but a notch above the iPad Mini. 


This is shown in the fifth-generation iPad Air, equipped with an M1 chip, one generation behind the iPad Pro's M2 chip.


The iPad Air is more than capable of handling everyday tasks and more, particularly given its lower price point. This includes everything from making Apple calls to watching your favourite videos.


Yet, for those requiring a device to manage intense, high-demand tasks on a daily basis, the iPad Pro models are the better choice. 


The M2 chip in these models boasts a 15% faster CPU and a 40% improvement in GPU performance compared to the M1, making it ideal for heavy-duty video editing, handling numerous video calls, and multitasking with various apps.


Additionally, the iPad Pro offers a broader range of storage options than the iPad Air, with storage sizes up to 2 TB.


So again, for those who want the best of the best, the iPad Pro is for you. 


Check out our refurbished iPad Pro 2022 128GB and refurbished iPad Pro 2022 256GB today!

Pricing of the iPad Air and the iPad Pro

Overall, the iPad Pro is typically priced higher than the iPad Air for each corresponding release, reflecting the enhanced features found in the Pro variant.


Yet, it's important to remember that spending a lot isn't always necessary to meet your needs.


If you require a high-quality Apple tablet for school or college, the iPad Mini is more than sufficient to handle your daily tasks.


Plus, you can purchase both models for a fraction of their original cost when going the refurbished root, which include the same features, such as Slo Mo video support, as you'd find in newer models.


So you won't miss out on anything but the hefty price.

Final Thoughts on Differences Between iPad Air and iPad Pro

So, there you have it, a full guide on the differences between iPad Air and iPad Pro.


While the iPro Air is designed for those wanting high-quality features on the go, the iPad Pro is tailored to those needing the best for professional use or high-demanding hobbies.


Plus, you now know you can get both cheaper when you buy refurbished and join a commitment to sustainability in the process.


Now that's handy!

Emma Morris


Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for ur.co.uk. Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.