Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) review: Can it finally replace the laptop?

The 2021 iPad weighs the same as the original iPad from 2010. Add in the Magic Keyboard, and it weighs about the same as a MacBook Pro. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The new iPad Pro uses a Mini LED screen that allows it to be much brighter. Maximum brightness now goes up to 1600 nits where previously it was just 600 nits. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The screen is noticeably better and perfect for watching high-res HDR movies on, especially when paired with the AirPod Pro or Max Headphones for Spatial Audio. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The front-facing camera has been upgraded to ultra-wide letting you not only get more in the shot, but also track you 'Center Stage' as you move in the frame. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The iPad Pro 2021 now includes the Apple M1 processor, 5G connectivity, and Thunderbolt / USB 4 for transferring files quicker. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
All that extra power means it's around 50% faster than the 2020 model, which makes working on big files super easy. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
With all that power we can't help feeling that the software is holding the iPad Pro back. Hopefully that will change with iPadOS 15 when it comes out. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The 2021 iPad Pro continues its transition to laptop, and is the closest replacement experience to date. (image credit: Pocket-lint)