Apple iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 – tech specs, comparisons, more

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Apple iPad Pro tablets 2017 - 10.5 and 12.9
Apple iPad Pro tablets released in 2017: 10.5 and 12.9-inch
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On June 5, 2017, Apple announced the new generation of their high-end tablets: iPad Pro.

Two iPad Pro models were revealed: the smaller 10.5-inch and the bigger 12.9-inch. Both models were available for pre-order since June 5, and shippings start on June 12, 2017.

The most affordable version of the iPad Pro 10.5 (64 GB, Wi-Fi only) costs $649. You’ll have to pay $799 for the same configuration of iPad pro 12.9.

Most of the features of the new iPad Pro models are the same, so the only point of difference is the size of the screen.

It’s reflected in how Apple sells them: now there is only one iPad Pro model, and the screen size is an option to select, just like color, storage, and connectivity.

You can jump to the specific model right now:

Quite possibly, such a unification of tablet range will also include the basic line. Instead of “iPad Air” and “iPad Mini” we will just have the iPad. It’s what Apple already started with the 9.7-inch iPad (not Air), released in March.

When the successor of the iPad Mini comes, it may just become a smaller size option of the iPad range.

Let’s go back to the 2017 iPad Pro. As I already said, the devices share a lot of features, and below you’ll find the highlights:

Retina display with ProMotion

The Retina display was redesigned to include a feature called ProMotion.

ProMotion automatically adjusts the refresh rate to the movement of the content. The refresh rate goes up to even 120Hz (for instance, when you are drawing with Apple Pencil) and goes down (when you are reading an ebook). Thanks to that, power consumption can be considerably reduced.

Powerful A10X Fusion chip

The new 64-bit chip with six cores makes the 2017 iPad Pro tablets faster than most currently sold PC laptops. As a result, you can effortlessly play games, render 3D models, or edit 4K videos.

The new iPad Pro tablets deliver up to 30% faster CPU performance and 40% faster graphics performance than A9X chip from the 1st generation iPad Pro.

Integration with Apple Pencil

Now Apple’s original pen with work with iPad Pro even better, thanks to the deeper integration and the benefits of ProMotion.

Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for natural drawing, annotating and note-taking.

The integration includes inline drawing in Notes or Mail, an easy signing of documents, or instant drawing from a Lock Screen.

Please note that Apple Pencil is sold separately. It costs $99.

Smart Keyboard

Again, this accessory is sold separately ($159 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro) but was designed to seamlessly work with the high-end Apple tablets.

The benefit of having an original keyboard is that it doesn’t need to be charged, and paired with the iPad Pro via Bluetooth, as it connects via the Smart Connector. When you finish using it, you can easily fold it into a durable and protective Smart Cover.

iOS 11 ready

The new operating system of Apple’s mobile devices is coming in fall 2017, and iPad Pro tablets will make the most use of it.

The system will include multi-touch drag-and-drop, the new file management, and a redesigned app switcher. Plus new features supporting the use of Apple Pencil.

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Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

iPad Pro 10.5 – details

When you compare the dimensions, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is only 10 mm higher and 5 mm wider than iPad 9.7. It’s because the borders around the display were reduced by as much as 40%.

The newest iPad Pro is packed with a more advanced technology but has the same weight as the iPad 9.7. It’s also considerably thinner (6.1 vs. 7.5 mm).

It’s worth noting that iPad Pro 10.5 is the only model in the 2017 range that comes in Rose Gold color variant.

Prices start at $649, for the version with Wi-Fi and 64 GB internal memory. If you, however, want to make the most of the new iPad and would like to get dedicated accessories – Apple Pencil ($99) and Smart Keyboard ($159) – you’ll need to pay $907 for the cheapest version.

With the launch of the 2017 iPad Pro range, Apple introduced also the new Leather Sleeve. It’s made from a top-quality leather, comes equipped with a pocket for the Apple Pencil, and there are four colors to choose from.

iPad Pro 10.5 is available on Apple website, and from June 12 you can buy it in Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, and select carriers.

When it comes to international availability, June 12 is the launch date in the US and 37 other countries, including the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain.

By the end of June 2017, the new iPad will be released in other countries and regions, including India, Turkey, UAE.

If you live in Brazil, Mexico, or South Korea, you’ll have to wait till July for the premiere.

iPad Pro 10.5 – comparisons

A natural choice for a comparison with iPad Pro 10.5 is Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, released at the end of March 2017.

Both devices are designed to seamlessly work with original pens. Opposite to Tab S3, you’ll have to buy the pen for iPad Pro separately, and it will cost you an extra $100.

Samsung Tab S3 comes with only 32 GB of internal memory, but you can expand it by 256 GB with a microSD card. Again, the tablet from Samsung is a more affordable option – for the iPad Pro 10.5 with 256 GB on board you’ll have to pay $749.

Taking aside the performance and operating system, if you’d want to get the iPad with the pen and 256 GB, you’ll need to spend around $850.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7

Feature iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) Tab S3 9.7 (2017)
Display size 10.5-inch 9.7-inch
Display resolution 2224 × 1668 px 2048 × 1536 px
HDR support Yes Yes
Pixel density 264 ppi 264 ppi
Processor A10X Fusion chip + M10 coprocessor Octa Core (1.8 GHz Quad + 1.4 GHz Quad) APQ8076
Internal memory 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
RAM memory 4 GB 4 GB
microSD No Yes
up to 256 GB
Pen support Yes
(sold separately)
Yes
(included)
Cameras Front: 7 MP
Rear: 12 MP
Front: 5 MP
Rear: 13 MP
Digital zoom 5x 4x
Weight 16.54 oz
469 g
15.13 oz
429 g
Dimensions 9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in
250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm
9.34 × 6.65 × 0.24 in
237 × 169 × 6.1 mm
Colors Silver
Space Gray
Gold
Rose Gold
Black
Silver
Operating system iOS 10 Android 7.0 Nougat
Release date June 12, 2017 March 24, 2017
Launch price from $649 $599.99

iPad Pro 10.5 – pictures

Take a look at the collection of iPad Pro 10.5 pictures and visualizations. Do you see how little side bezels are?

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) features incredible performance

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) is 6.1 mm thin

The 2017 iPad Pro 10.5 comes in four colors - accessories can be bought separately

iPad Pro 10.5 comes in four colors: Silver, Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold

Using the Apple Pencil with iPad Pro 10.5 2017

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) buttons and connectors

Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 10.5 is sold separately

Redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro 10.5 is 20% larger than iPad Pro 9.7

iPad Pro 10.5 2017 include the new Leather Sleeve

Apple Leather Sleeve for iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

iPad Pro 10.5 – full tech specs

All available tech specs of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro are included in the concise table below.

Screen 10.5-inch Retina LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with ProMotion technology
Screen resolution 2224 × 1668 px
Pixel density 264 ppi
Storage capacity • 64 GB
• 256 GB
• 512 GB
microSD card No
RAM memory 4 GB
Processor • A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture
• embedded M10 coprocessor
Cameras • Main / Rear: 12 MP, f/1.8, digital zoom up to 5x
• Secondary / Front: 7 MP, f/2.2
Body colors • Silver
• Space Gray
• Gold
• Rose Gold
Battery 30.4Wh rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery, non-removable
Battery life Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video, or listening to music on a single charge
Charging Via power adapter or USB to computer
Weight 16.54 oz / 469 g
Dimensions 9.8 × 6.8 × 0.24 in / 250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1 mm
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 technology
Ports • Lightning
• 3.5 mm headphone jack
Operating System iOS 10
Sound Four built‑in speakers
Sensors • Touch ID
• three‐axis gyro
• accelerometer
• barometer
• ambient light sensor
In the box • iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
• Lightning to USB cable
• USB power adapter
Compatible with Apple Pencil Yes, Apple Pencil sold separately
Compatible with Apple Smart Keyboard Yes, Apple Smart Keyboard sold separately
Launch dates • announcement – June 5, 2017
• pre-orders – June 5, 2017
• release – June 12, 2017
Prices • 64 GB / WiFi – $649
• 64 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $779
• 256 GB / WiFi – $749
• 256 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $879
• 512 GB / WiFi – $949
• 512 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $1,079

iPad Pro 10.5 – product chart

What does Apple say about the newest iPad Pro? Here are the highlights.

IPad Pro 10.5 2017 Space Gray thumbnail

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

Space gray / 64 GB

No matter the task, the new iPad Pro 10.5 is up to it — and then some. It offers far more power than most PC laptops, yet is delightfully simple to use.

The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. And it all comes together with iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. Now even, well, better.

A new 10.5‑inch display
The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes with a screen nearly 20 percent larger than the 9.7-inch model, so you get more room to do more. It also delivers a full-size onscreen keyboard. Yet it’s just as portable as ever.

120Hz refresh rate
The new iPad Pro Retina display now supports a 120Hz refresh rate. So movies and videos look spectacular, while games play smoothly without distracting artifacts.

More powerful than most PC laptops
The A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture and six cores puts incredible power in your hands. So you can edit a 4K video on the go. Render an elaborate 3D model. Or create and mark up complex documents and presentations.

Apple Pencil – now even sharper
The increased refresh rate of the new iPad Pro display makes Apple Pencil2 feel even more responsive and natural. No other digital pencil lets you write, mark up, and draw with such pixel-perfect precision.

⇢ iPad Pro 10.5 $649

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

iPad Pro 12.9 – details

Compared to the previous generation, iPad Pro 12.9 was upgraded with the new A10X chip, and storage options that are the same as in the 10.5-inch size.

With the introduction of the 2017 12.9-inch Pro, older model disappeared from Apple website.

The set of accessories is the same as for the 10.5-inch version and includes an improved Apple Pencil, a Smart Keyboard, or the new Leather Sleeve with the Apple Pencil pocket.

Please note that the keyboard case designed for the first-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is not compatible with the 2017 model.

Launch dates are the same for both iPad Pro size versions. On June 12, the model launches in the US and 37 other countries – the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain are among them.

India, Turkey, UAE join later in June. In July, iPad Pro 12.9 starts selling in Brazil, Mexico, and South Korea.

iPad Pro 12.9 – comparisons

If you are interested in the large-display tablet, you are surely considering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The other tablet to take into consideration is Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 12 released at the beginning of 2016.

Both tablets can seamlessly work with dedicated pens and keyboards. The difference is that TabPro S 12 comes with a keyboard by default. You’ll have to pay extra $169 for the Smart Keyboard for the new iPad Pro.

A large screen is perfect for drawing, and you can use original pens with them. Both Samsung S Pen and Apple Pencil have to be bought separately.

Samsung’s 12-inch tablet has a display with a considerably lower pixel density (216 vs. 264 ppi) and a resolution. Its cameras are also worse.

As you’ll see in the table below, for the price of $800 you can have the iPad Pro, which has a bigger and better screen, but a smaller internal memory, and comes without the keyboard case.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 vs. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 12

Feature iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) TabPro S 12 (2016)
Display size 12.9-inch 12-inch
Display resolution 2732 × 2048 px 2160 × 1440 px
HDR support Yes No
Pixel density 264 ppi 216 ppi
Processor A10X Fusion chip + M10 coprocessor Intel Core m3-6Y30
Internal memory 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
128 GB
256 GB
RAM memory 4 GB 4 GB
microSD No No
Pen support Yes Yes
Cameras Front: 7 MP
Rear: 12 MP
Front: 5 MP
Rear: 5 MP
Digital zoom 5x 4x
Weight 23.88 oz
677 g
24.55 oz
696 g
Dimensions 12.0 × 8.68 × 0.27 in
305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9 mm
11.4 × 7.83 × 0.25 in
290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3 mm
Colors Silver
Space Gray
Gold
Black
White
Operating system iOS 10 Windows 10 Home
Release date June 12, 2017 January 5, 2016
Launch price from $799 from $799.99

iPad Pro 12.9 – pictures

Most of the pictures released by Apple show the newest iPad Pro 10.5, but there are a few that cover the 12.9-inch version. Here they are.

The 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 is perfect for drawing

The 2017 Apple iPad Pro tablets - 10.5 and 12.9

iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) - drawing with Apple Pencil

iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) - dimensions

iPad Pro 10.5 vs. 12.9 - size comparison (2017 models)
iPad Pro 10.5 vs. 12.9 – size comparison (2017 models)

iPad Pro 12.9 – full tech specs

For your convenience, we’ve put all most important tech specifications of the new iPad Pro 12.9 into the table below.

Screen 12.9-inch Retina LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with ProMotion technology
Screen resolution 2732 × 2048 px
Pixel density 264 ppi
Storage capacity • 64 GB
• 256 GB
• 512 GB
microSD card No
RAM memory 4 GB
Processor • A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture
• embedded M10 coprocessor
Cameras • Main / Rear: 12 MP, f/1.8, digital zoom up to 5x
• Secondary / Front: 7 MP, f/2.2
Body colors • Silver
• Space Gray
• Gold
Battery 41.0Wh rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery, non-removable
Battery life Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video, or listening to music on a single charge
Charging Via power adapter or USB to computer
Weight 23.88 oz / 677 g
Dimensions 12 × 8.68 × 0.27 in / 305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9 mm
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2 technology
Ports • Lightning
• 3.5 mm headphone jack
Operating System iOS 10
Sound Four built‑in speakers
Sensors • Touch ID
• three‐axis gyro
• accelerometer
• barometer
• ambient light sensor
In the box • iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
• Lightning to USB cable
• USB power adapter
Compatible with Apple Pencil Yes, Apple Pencil sold separately
Compatible with Apple Smart Keyboard Yes, Apple Smart Keyboard sold separately
Launch dates • announcement – June 5, 2017
• pre-orders – June 5, 2017
• release – June 12, 2017
Prices • 64 GB / WiFi – $799
• 64 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $929
• 256 GB / WiFi – $899
• 256 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $1,029
• 512 GB / WiFi – $1,099
• 512 GB / WiFi + Cellular – $1,229

iPad Pro 12.9 – product chart

Here are the highlights about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from the Apple website.

iPad Pro 12.9 2017 thumbnail

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

Space gray / 64 GB

No matter the task, the new iPad Pro is up to it — and then some. It offers far more power than most PC laptops, yet is delightfully simple to use. The redesigned Retina display is as stunning to look at as it is to touch. And it all comes together with iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

iPad Pro. Everything you want modern computing to be. Now even, well, better.

The redesigned Retina display
The redesigned Retina display on iPad Pro sets a whole new standard. It’s not just brighter and less reflective, it’s far more responsive than anything that’s come before. Whether you’re scrolling through pages in Safari or playing an intense 3D game, everything feels utterly smooth, fast, and immersive.

120Hz refresh rate
The new iPad Pro Retina display now supports a 120Hz refresh rate. So movies and videos look spectacular, while games play smoothly without distracting artifacts.

More powerful than most PC laptops
The A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture and six cores puts incredible power in your hands. So you can edit a 4K video on the go. Render an elaborate 3D model. Or create and mark up complex documents and presentations.

Apple Pencil – now even sharper
The increased refresh rate of the new iPad Pro display makes Apple Pencil2 feel even more responsive and natural. No other digital pencil lets you write, mark up, and draw with such pixel-perfect precision.

⇢ iPad Pro 12.9 $799

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