If cash is not any object, then the iPad Professional is the apparent alternative, because it presents extra storage choices (from 128GB to 2TB) along with a bigger display. Nonetheless, when you’re on a price range — or just do not need to pay for greater than you want — the alternatives are a bit of extra nuanced.
Ignoring show sizes and space for storing, each fashions of iPad are comparatively related. They every declare the identical quantity of battery life (roughly 9-10 hours), assist the 2nd era Apple Pencil, and might document as much as 4K video.
That stated, the digicam system on the Professional is a little more superior, and presents a 2x optical zoom (not simply the 5x digital zoom of the Air), helps Sensible HDR 4 for sharper images, may document 4K video utilizing ProRes at 30fps, and might make the most of audio zoom and stereo recording for movies. General efficiency can also be higher with the Professional because of its M2 chip, which features a 10-core GPU (the Air has an 8-core), as much as 100GB per second of reminiscence bandwidth, and has the choice for as much as 16GB of RAM (versus the Air’s 8GB cap).
It largely comes all the way down to the sort of artwork you intend to make, as that increase in efficiency might not matter. The Air ought to be capable of deal with digital illustration and portray with no issues, however tasks like animation or video enhancing are a lot better served by the beefier processing energy of the Professional.