Choosing the right thing iPad Pro 2021 storage space for your budget and needs can be tricky, so we want to help you choose between the cheapest option (128 GB), the three middle options (256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB) and the massive 2 TB model.
You might be tempted to go for Apple’s cheapest model or the most storage, but many of you will be better off with something in between.
One thing to keep in mind is that many of you will pay for more storage in one way or another. You either spend the money upfront when you buy your new iPad Pro or pay a monthly fee for additional storage through Apple’s iCloud service.
There are several important factors to consider before settling for one 2021 iPad Pro storage size or another and we’ll break down all the things to consider in this guide.
2021 iPad Pro Storage Options
Apple and its retail partners offer five 2021 iPad Pro storage options at various price points.
Both 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are arriving 128GB† 256GB† 512GB† 1TBand 2TB formats. The cheapest model is the 11-inch iPad Pro with 128 GB, while the most expensive option is Apple’s 12.9-inch model with 2 TB and cellular connectivity.
There is only a $100 difference between the 128 GB and 256 GB models. However, there is a big gap between the 128 GB and Apple’s 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB options.
Apple typically charges a $130 premium for a mobile model, but in the case of the 5G iPad Pro, it charges a $200 premium.
While you can add extra storage space to some Android tablets, the iPad Pro doesn’t come with a microSD card slot. To add additional storage, you must use iCloud or a Lightning-compatible drive†
Don’t expect Apple to add new storage options later. Apple usually sticks to storage options for a whole 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 tons of games on your iPad Pro, you’ll need quite a bit of space.
While 128GB may seem like enough, chances are it will fill up quickly and you’ll be forced to continuously delete files and/or pay for iCloud storage.
Fortunately, iCloud is fairly cheap. You can get 50 GB of cloud storage for just a dollar a month:
- 50GB: $0.99
- 200GB: $2.99
- 2TB: $9.99
Don’t forget that you can share iCloud storage with your family members.
Who should buy the 128GB 2021 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 heavy 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 on shooting a lot of 4K content.
- You plan to store your photos in iCloud Photo Library or on a computer.
- You’re not going to get close to using 128GB of storage on your current devices.
Who should buy the 256GB 2021 iPad Pro?
Some of you may want to shell out the extra cash for the extra 128GB of space, even if it’s just for the peace of mind that comes from having extra storage to work with.
Here are a few reasons to go with the 256GB iPad Pro†
- You like to store some movies and music locally.
- You want or want to save your photos locally.
- You plan to record 4K content.
- You use almost 128 GB of space on your current devices.
- You can’t stand to constantly manage the data on your devices.
The 256GB is an excellent middle ground option that can work with or without iCloud.
Who should buy the 512GB 2021 iPad Pro?
The 512GB 2021 iPad Pro is a solid option for those who want a ton of local storage. It should provide ample space for photography enthusiasts, 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 most of your movies and music locally.
- You want or want to save your photos locally.
- You plan on shooting tons of 4K content.
- You plan to do a lot of work from your iPad Pro.
Who should buy the 1TB 2021 iPad Pro?
There are probably only a few people who really need one 1TB iPad Pro† This model is intended for developers who need extra space to create apps and for those in creative fields such as graphic design or music engineering.
If you’re an average person, you don’t need 1 TB of storage and you’re much better off going for one of the cheaper iPad Pro models.
Who should buy the 2TB 2021 iPad Pro?
The 2TB model is also aimed at professionals and it should be considered if you have owned a 1TB iPad Pro and you have used the maximum storage space.
How to check your iPad’s storage
If you’re currently using an iPad, check your current storage before making a decision. You should be able to get a good understanding of your habits. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap your Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap iPad Storage.
This will show you how much free storage you currently have and how much you are using. It will also tell you exactly what is taking up the most storage space. For many of you, it will be your photos and videos, apps and messages.
If your iPad is a year old, you should still have about 50% of your storage space. If you are within 10-15% of its capacity, you should consider more storage space.
If you use iCloud, you should also check your iCloud storage usage:
- Open Settings.
- Tap your name at the top of the screen.
- Tap iCloud.
This screen shows your iCloud storage usage and your current subscription. Tapping Manage Storage will give you a better overview of how you use cloud storage.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.