Apple iPad Pro (6th Gen, 2022) review

The boss of high-end tablets is still a force to be reckoned with, and a serious option for creatives on the move.

iPad Pro (2022) on a book shelf.
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Even though the 12.9-inch iPad Pro came out in October 2022, it still looms large over the high-end tablet sector today, offering M2-power and speed, great features and apps for digital creatives, and a display that is a joy to behold. But even when paired with the excellent Magic Keyboard, it can't really replace a laptop as it still can't run full-fat Photoshop. So with it's eye-watering price tag, is the iPad Pro (2022) still worth it? For many, but not for all.


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    Stunning screen

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    Most powerful tablet today

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    Nice camera features

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    Photoshop Lite is good


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    Photoshop Lite is not full Photoshop

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    Costs same as a laptop

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    Cannot replace a laptop

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At the time of writing, the 6th generation iPad Pro (2022) is the best iPad that Apple has ever released, with the largest 12.9-inch model boasting a spec sheet that should make the competition blush: A wicked-fast M2 chip; up to 16GB RAM and 2TB SSD; Apple Pencil 2 compatibility; a Thunderbolt port; and a beautiful Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display. This is a serious tablet with loads of power, a great design, and enough features for us to crown it as the best tablet for photo editing and photographers. So what's not to like? 

With the next generation of iPad Pro rumored for an early 2024 release (potentially sporting an OLED display and M3 chip), is the 2022 iPad Pro still a good buy, or are its days of tab dominance numbered? Let's get into it...

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Header Cell - Column 0 12.9-inch model11-inch model
Main camera10MP Ultra Wide, ƒ/2.4 aperture; 12MP Wide camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture10MP Ultra Wide, ƒ/2.4 aperture; 12MP Wide camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Selfie camera12MP Ultra Wide, ƒ/1.8 aperture12MP Ultra Wide, ƒ/1.8 aperture
DisplayLiquid Retina XDR, 2732x2048Liquid Retina display, 2388x1668
UnlockFace IDFace ID
SDR / XDR brightness600 nits / 1,000-1,600 nits600 nits
Memory8GB, 16GB8GB, 16GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
BatteryUp to 10 hours mixed useUp to 10 hours mixed use
PortUSB‑C with support for ThunderboltUSB‑C with support for Thunderbolt
ProcessorM2, 8-core CPU; 10-core GPU; 16-core Neural EngineM2, 8-core CPU; 10-core GPU; 16-core Neural Engine
Dimensions214.9mm x 280.6mm x 6.4mm178.5 mm x 247.6 mm x 5.9 mm
Weight682 grams466 grams
iPad Air (M1, 2022)

If even the 11-inch Pro's price hurts your wallet, but you still want a capable iPad, the iPad Air (M1, 2022) is a great choice. It has the same Liquid Retina display as the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro, and the same camera as both Pros. And with a still-excellent M1 chip, a laminated screen, an anti-reflective coating, and an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, it will do the business for light creative work. 

iPad (10th gen)

Want to go back to basics? The standard iPad (10th gen) has the same camera as the iPad Air (above) but a less impressive A14 Bionic chip. It's still super-fast though, and will be more than enough for most people who just want to stream and play mobile games. Note that this iPad, like the Air, is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage.

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor at Creative Bloq

Beren has been writing about creativity, tech, and creative tech for over a decade. During this time he’s worked on magazines and websites that delve into digital art, graphic design, and photography. He is currently the deals editor on the Creative Bloq website, finding digital creatives the kit that they need for the best price.