Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (M4) review: creative freedom

The iPad Pro 11-inch (M4) lets you put your foot down with video editing and photo fixing

iPad Pro 11-inch (M4) tablet held in a hand
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The iPad Pro 11-inch M4 is a joy to use, especially in relation to creating and editing Multicam clips sourced from iPhones. Being able to edit HD footage in any location (and to access data via the iPad Pro’s SIM card) gives creatives the freedom to work anywhere and when, though I’d highly recommend buying a Magic Keyboard to make the iPad Pro feel like a MacBook, especially fix you have lots of text to write.


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    M4 chip great for video editing

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    Ultra Retina XDR display

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    Edit Final Cut Pro on the go


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I own a 6th generation iPad which does an adequate job of letting me browse the web, check my email, and even edit the occasional Digital Camera World video review in iMovie. However, my iPad is now showing its age, as it doesn’t support the iOS Final Cut Pro app which was released in June 2024. I was therefore very happy when Apple loaned me an 11-inch iPad Pro (M4) so that I could test out iOS Final Cut Pro and its integration with the new iOS Final Cut Camera app (especially in relation to broadcasting live video from multiple iPhones to iOS Final Cut Pro on the iPad Pro - more on that workflow in the Performance section). Another exciting thing about testing the iPad Pro is that it is the first device to have an M4 chip powering it. I do my day-to-day video editing in macOS Final Cut Pro on a 15-inch MacBook Air which has an M2 chip. That’s still powerful enough to edit 4K movies in macOS Final Cut Pro, so I was therefore very keen to put the M4 chip through its paces in relation to video and photo editing. 

I tested the Silver incarnation of the iPad Pro, but it’s also available in Space Black. If I could afford one I’d go for Space Black as that fits the look of my iPhone 15 Pro Max, though the Silver iPad Pro does look great on the silver Magic Keyboard that I was also loaned for this review. I reviewed the cellular model which is the first time I’ve used an iPad that can connect to the web from anywhere. This was handy when I tested the iPad in a studio environment that didn’t have Wifi, as I needed to connect to the web to subscribe to iOS Final Cut Pro.  Oh - Apple also kindly popped an Apple Pencil Pro into my review kit, which I’ll cover in a separate review. 

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CPUApple M4 chip
Screen size11-inch
Resolution2420 x 1668 pixels
Rear cameras12MP wide (f/1.8), 12-MP ultra-wide (f/2.4)
Dimensions249.7 mm x177.5 mm x 5.3 mm
Weight446 grams (0.98 pounds)
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FeaturesMulticamera editing feature should attract smartphone video makers.★★★★☆
DesignSleek and slim chassis contains a lot of power!★★★★☆
PerformanceFaster chip and high dynamic range display. ★★★★★
ValueFor its price its a luxury item. But that’s Apple! ★★★☆☆
MacBook Air 15” (M3)

MacBook Air 15” (M3)
This costs around £200 more than the iPad Pro 11-inch (M4), but if you’re into video editing and photo fixing it will happily deal with HD forage and RAW files. Plus you can work with full versions of Final Cut Pro and Photoshop rather than using the more limited toolset of their iOS incarnations. 

iPad Pro 12.9 M2 (2022)

iPad Pro 12.9 M2 (2022)
With the release of the iPad Pro (M4) you should be able to pick up older models such as the 2022 (M2) model more cheaply. The older model’s Camera is only 10MP compared with the M4’s 12MP, but who shoots using an iPad anyway? The 2024 model has a Thunderbolt 4 port, but the Thunderbolt 3port on the 2022 model can still reach a transfer speed of 40Gbps which should be fast enough to transfer data to and from an attached SSD drive. And at 12.9 inches it's bigger than the 2024 iPad Pro (M4) while still being cheaper. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.