Picking the correct 2021 iPad Pro storage size for your budget and needs could prove tricky so we want to help you decide between the cheapest option (128GB), the three middle options (256GB, 512GB, and 1TB) and the massive 2TB model.
You might be tempted to go with Apple’s cheapest 2021 iPad Pro or shell out for the most storage but a lot of you will be better off with something in between.
One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of you will wind up paying for more storage one way or another. You’ll either spend the money up front when buying your new iPad Pro or you’ll pay a monthly fee for additional storage via Apple’s iCloud service.
- 2021 iPad Pro Storage Options
- Pay for Storage Today or Later
- Who Should Buy the 128GB 2021 iPad Pro?
- Who Should Buy the 256GB 2021 iPad Pro?
- Who Should Buy the 512GB 2021 iPad Pro?
- Who Should Buy the 1TB 2021 iPad Pro?
- Who Should Buy the 2TB 2021 iPad Pro?
- How to Check Your iPad’s Storage
There are several important factors to consider before you settle on one 2021 iPad Pro storage size or another and we’ll break down all of the things you need to consider in this guide.
2021 iPad Pro Storage Options
Apple and its retail partners offer five 2021 iPad Pro storage options at different price points. The new iPad Pros are up for pre-order right now and they’ll hit physical retail locations in mid-May.
Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 2TB formats. The cheapest model is the 11-inch iPad Pro with 128GB while the most expensive option is Apple’s 12.9-inch model with 2TB and cellular data.
There’s only a $100 difference between the 128GB and 256GB models. However, there’s a big gap between the 128GB and 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB options.
Apple typically charges a $130 premium for a cellular model, but in the case of the 5G iPad Pro, it’s charging a $200 premium.
While you can add additional storage to some Android tablets, the iPad Pro doesn’t come with a microSD card slot. If you want to add additional storage you’ll need to use iCloud or buy a Lightning-compatible drive.
Don’t expect Apple to add new storage options later. Apple typically sticks with storage options for a full year or more.
Pay for Storage Today or Pay Later
If you plan to shoot 4K video, download a bunch of movies for travel, or play a ton of games on your iPad Pro, you’ll need quite a bit of space.
While 128GB might seem like enough, there’s a good chance it’ll fill up quickly and you’ll be forced to continuously delete files you no longer need and/or pay for iCloud storage.
Fortunately, iCloud is fairly inexpensive. You can get 50GB of cloud storage for as little as a dollar a month:
- 50GB: $0.99
- 200GB: $2.99
- 2TB: $9.99
Remember, you can share iCloud storage with your family members.
Who Should Buy the 128GB iPad Pro?
The 128GB 2021 iPad Pro is the cheapest option and worth considering if you don’t plan on using your iPad Pro for intense work. Here are a few reasons to consider buying a 128GB iPad Pro model:
- You stream most of your movies and music.
- You don’t plan to shoot a lot of 4K content.
- You plan to store your photos in iCloud Photo Library or on a computer.
- You come nowhere close to using 128GB of storage on your current devices.
Who Should Buy the 256GB iPad Pro?
Some of you might want to spend the extra $100 for the extra 128GB of space, even if it’s just for the peace of mind that comes from having additional storage space to work with.
Here are a few reasons to go with the 256GB iPad Pro:
- You like to store some of movies and music locally.
- You need or prefer to keep your photos stored locally.
- You plan to shoot 4K content.
- You’re close to using 128GB of space on your current devices.
- You can’t stand having to constantly manage the data on your devices.
The 256GB is an excellent middle-of-the-road option that can work with or without iCloud.
Who Should Buy the 512GB iPad Pro?
The 512GB 2021 iPad Pro is a solid option for those that want a bunch of local storage. It should provide enough space for photography buffs, avid gamers, and those who plan to tackle work projects on the go.
Here are a few reasons to consider shelling out for the 512GB model:
- You store a most of your movies and music locally.
- You need or prefer to keep photos stored locally.
- You plan to shoot tons of 4K content.
- You plan to do a lot of work from your iPad Pro.
Who Should Buy the 1TBGB iPad Pro?
There are probably only a few people that truly need a 1TB iPad Pro. This model is aimed at developers who need the extra space for creating apps and those in creative fields like graphic design or music engineering.
If you are an average person, you don’t need 1TB of storage space and you’re much better off going with one of the other three iPad Pro models.
Who Should Buy the 2TB iPad Pro?
The 2TB model is also geared toward professionals and it should be considered if you owned a 1TB iPad Pro and you maxed out its storage.
How to Check Your iPad’s Storage
If you’re currently using an iPad, you should check your current storage before you decide. You should be able to gather some great insight into your habits. Here’s how to do this:
- Tap on your Settings app.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on iPad Storage.
This will show you how much free storage you currently have and how much you are using. It’ll also tell you exactly what’s taking up the most storage. For many of you, it’ll be your photos and videos, apps, and messages.
If your iPad is a year old, you should still have around 50% of your storage left. If you are within 10-15% of its capacity, you should consider more storage.
If you’re using iCloud, you should also check on your iCloud storage usage:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on your Name at the top of the screen.
- Tap on iCloud.
This screen shows your iCloud storage use and your current plan. If you tap on Manage Storage you’ll get a better breakdown of how you use cloud storage.
Install iPadOS 14.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.5.1 right now.
iPadOS 14.5.1 has two security patches on board, both related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, check Apple's website for more details.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about the changes over on Apple's website.
iPadOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.4.2 you get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.1, you'll get iPadOS 14.4.1's security patch with your update. You can read more about the patch on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4, you get iPadOS 14.4's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iPadOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, and iPadOS 14.3, you'll get iPadOS 14.3's patches with your upgrade.
iPadOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.3, and iPadOS 14.2, you'll get iPadOS 14.2's 24 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.5.1 will also include iPadOS 14.0's security updates.
iPadOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to iPad models. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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