The upgrade of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen mainly comes from the use of more than 10,000 mini-LED backlights, which divide the entire screen into 2500 local dimming zones, which brings a 1 million:1 contrast ratio and higher brightness.
However, this higher brightness (1000nits full screen / 1600nits peak) will only increase to such a brightness when displaying HDR content, and the standard maximum brightness is still 600nits. Therefore, it can be said that the screen of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is upgraded for HDR material, including editing HDR videos on this iPad Pro or watching HDR videos.
Compared with the 2020 12.9-inch model, the maximum brightness is actually about the same when looking at ordinary materials such as web pages This comparison is to look at the film’s Dolby Vision + on Apple TV, how do I feel as though there is no obvious difference. But there is a significant difference. When I imported the HDR video taken by the iPhone 12 into LumaFusion editing, I can clearly see that the preview screen has higher brightness and contrast, and it shows the quality of HDR. (Sorry forgot to shoot…Orz)
But I don’t watch HDR or cut HDR videos. I don’t need this screen, right?
It’s up to you. Even if you don’t look at HDR material, this screen has high contrast, so the black is very dark, and the color can be clearer and more vivid. It is always good-looking, especially for photographers who have sharp eyes and are accustomed to seeing beautiful pictures. Would prefer the 12.9-inch screen. Ordinary eyes, maybe the 2020 iPad Pro looks pretty when watching videos and photos.
This photo may not be very obvious. Looking at the color of the 2021 model, I think it is a little three-dimensional, but I think the 2020 model is also quite beautiful. I don’t think the advantages and disadvantages are obvious. The difference is obvious when you turn off the lights, but I think I usually turn on the lights when I watch a movie or work, so I don’t want to take a special look at the difference when I turn off the lights.