Comparing Video Rendering Speed of 2020 iPad Pro Versus 2018 iPad Pro

With the release of the new 2020 iPad Pro last week there are many content creators wondering if the refreshed iPad Pro offers any performance enhancements when it comes to video editing. Even though the new iPad Pro reviewed some interesting new features and upgrades, when it comes to speed and processing power there were minimal improvements. The new processor is called the A12Z Bionic and for the most part, the only upgrade is it now has an 8 core GPU compared to the 2018 model which had a 7 core GPU. After several hours testing the new 2020 iPad Pro I can say that I can not notice any performance improvement when editing large 4K files in LumaFusion in areas such as scrubbing through video or rendering. The iPad Pro is a workhorse and really I have no complaints at all, video editing on any version of the iPad Pro is a smooth and enjoyable experience even when working with multiple large 4K files.

In this YouTube video, I run a quick render speed test comparing the 2018 iPad Pro and the 2020 iPad Pro to see if there is any difference. For this test, I create the exact same LumaFusion project on both iPads and introduce multiple layers of 4K video with transitions, speed changes, LUTS, and filters to put the processor to work. To make sure things were even I closed all background apps on both iPads and did a fresh restart on each. You can watch the results below, basically, there was absolutely no difference in the speed of which each iPad Pro rendered the project.

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