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The iPad Pro is a line of tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc., that runs the iOS mobile operating system. It is currently available in two screen sizes, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch,[7] each with three options for internal storage capacities: 64, 256 or 512 GB; the 512 GB configuration making the iPad Pro the first iOS device to offer that storage size.

iPad Pro
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12.9" iPad Pro in Gold
Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn (under contract)
Product family iPad
Type Tablet computer
Release date November 11, 2015 (12.9-inch 1G model)
March 31, 2016 (9.7-inch model)
June 13, 2017 (12.9 and 10.5-inch 2G models)
Introductory price 12.9-inch model:
$799 USD (32 GB WiFi only)
9.7-inch model:
$599 USD (32 GB WiFi only)
10.5-inch model:
$649 USD (64 GB WiFi only)
Discontinued June 5, 2017 (12.9-inch 1G and 9.7-inch)
Operating system Original: iOS 9.1 (12.9-inch model)
iOS 9.3 (9.7-inch model)
iOS 10.3.2 (10.5-inch model)
Current: iOS 10.3.2, released May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
System-on-chip used

12.9-inch 1G and 9.7-inch: Apple A9X with 64-bit architecture and Apple M9 motion co-processor

12.9-inch 2G and 10.5-inch: Apple A10X with 64-bit architecture and Apple M10 motion co-processor
CPU

12.9-inch 1G: 2.26 GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A[1]
9.7-inch: 2.16 GHz dual-core 64-bit

12.9 inch 2G and 10.5 inch: 2.39 GHz hexa-core 64-bit
Memory

12.9-inch: 4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM[1]
9.7-inch: 2 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM

10.5-inch: 4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage

12.9-inch 1G:
32(WiFi only), 128 or 256 GB flash memory [2]
9.7-inch:
32, 128 or 256 GB flash memory[2]

12.9-inch 2G and 10.5-inch: 64, 256 or 512 GB flash memory[2]
Display

12.9-inch:
2732×2048 px (264 PPI) (IPS panel) (5.5 megapixels), 12.9 in (327.8 mm) diagonal, 4:3[2]
9.7-inch:
2048×1536 px (264 PPI) (IPS panel) (3.1 megapixels), 9.7 in (246.3 mm) diagonal, 4:3[2]

10.5-inch:
2224x1668 px (264 PPI) (IPS Panel), 10.5 in diagonal, 4:3[2]
Graphics 12-core PowerVR Series 7XT[3]
Sound Four speakers, adjusting sound to device orientation
Input Multi-touch screen, headset controls and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Bosch Sensortec BMP280 barometer
Camera

12.9-inch 1G: 1.2 megapixels 720p front-facing and 8 megapixels rear-facing[2]
9.7-inch: 5 megapixels 720p front-facing and 12 megapixels 4K rear-facing[2]

12.9-inch 2G and 10.5-inch: 7 megapixels 1080p front-facing and 12 megapixels 4K rear-facing[2]
Connectivity
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular:
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; dual channel (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); HT80 with MIMO[2]
Bluetooth 4.2[2]
Wi-Fi + Cellular:
GPS & GLONASS[2]
GSM
UMTS / HSDPA
850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz[2]
GSM / EDGE
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz[2]
CDMA
CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A and B.
800, 1900 MHz[2]

12.9-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular:

LTE
Multiple bands
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29 and TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41[2]

9.7-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular:

LTE Advanced
Multiple bands
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41[2]
Power

12.9-inch: 3.77 V 38.8 W·h (10,307 mA·h)[4]
9.7-inch: 3.82 V 27.91 W·h (7,306 mA·h)[5]

10.5-inch: 3.77 V 30.8 W·h (8,134 mA·h)[6]
Online services App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions

12.9-inch:
305.7 mm (12.04 in) (h)
220.6 mm (8.69 in) (w)
6.9 mm (0.27 in) (d)
9.7-inch:
240 mm (9.4 in) (h)
169.5 mm (6.67 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
10.5-inch:

250.6 mm (9.87 in) (h)
174.1 mm (6.85 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
Weight

12.9-inch Wi-Fi: 713 g (1.572 lb)
12.9-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular: 723 g (1.594 lb)
9.7-inch Wi-Fi: 437 g (0.963 lb)
9.7-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular: 444 g (0.979 lb)
10.5-inch WiFi: 469 g (1.034 lb)
10.5-inch WiFi + Cellular:

477 g (1.052 lb)
Related articles iPad, Apple Inc, iOS, Apple A9X, Apple Pencil, Apple A10X
Website www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The first iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch version, was announced on September 9, 2015,[8] and released on November 11.[9] It is larger than all previous iPad models and the first iPad tablet to feature LPDDR4 RAM.[1] The 12.9-inch tablet was later followed by the smaller 9.7-inch version, which was announced on March 21, 2016, and released on March 31.[10]

At WWDC 2017 on June 5, 2017, an updated generation of iPad Pro was announced. This updated generation features A10X Fusion processors, a base storage capacity of 64 GB and highest of 512 GB, an upgraded display and a new 10.5-inch version to replace the 9.7-inch model; the 12.9-inch version was refreshed and both screen sizes were released on June 13.[11] Following this announcement, the first generation iPad Pro was removed from the Apple Store.

Contents

First generationEdit

The 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro was announced during an Apple Special Event on September 9, 2015. It was released on November 11, 2015 with gold, silver, and space gray color options. Prices ranging from US $799.99 to $1,229.99 based on storage size and cellular capacity. On March 21, 2016, the 9.7 inch version of the iPad Pro was announced at an Apple keynote with an additional rose gold color option. The 9.7 inch version also introduced the ability to choose base 32GB Model with Cellular + WiFi option. (Previously, Cellular + WiFi option was only available on 128GB iPad Pro model.) The 9.7 inch model is priced from $599 to $1,129 depending on the configuration. It was released on March 31, 2016.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, when compared to the iPad Air 2, features a faster CPU, a better camera, and is the first iPad to feature True Tone Flash and Retina Flash. It also had the highest storage for an iPad at the time with a 256 GB storage option and has a True Tone display, which allows the LCD to adapt to ambient lighting to change its color and intensity in different environments.[10]

Both iPad Pro models include the A9X chip and the Apple M9 motion co-processor. The 9.7 inch model, however, has a slightly underclocked CPU (2.16 GHz compared to 2.26 GHz on the 12.9 inch model). A number of features are carried over from the standard iPad, such as Touch ID and the Retina Display. New features include a smart connector for a keyboard and four stereo speakers located in pairs on top and bottom of the device. The 12.9 inch model has 2732-by-2048 Retina Display at 264 pixels per inch, and the 9.7 inch model has a 2048-by-1536 Retina Display at 264 pixels per inch and features a variable refresh rate, a first for Apple. The 12.9 inch version of the iPad Pro is the first iPad to include 4 GB of RAM.

Second generationEdit

The second generation of iPad Pro was announced on June 5, 2017 at the 2017 WWDC. The second-generation iPad Pro models, at 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch, have an A10X six-core CPU and with a 12-core GPU, support HDR video with a 120 Hz refresh rate and their True Tone display is 50 percent brighter than the earlier models; they have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.[11] USB-C connection speeds using lightning cables, with USB-C fast-charge support.[12] The iPad Pro now have the highest iOS storage capacity, up to 512 GB.

AccessoriesEdit

There are four accessories made specifically for iPad Pro – a "smart" screen cover, an attachable keyboard; an active bluetooth tracking stylus, Apple Pencil; and a Form-Fitted Silicone case that is compatible with the Smart Keyboard, all of which are sold separately.[13]

Smart KeyboardEdit

Smart Keyboard docks with iPad Pro using the Smart Connector, a magnetic connection that provides data transfer and power. Smart Keyboard, which doubles as a kickstand, is comparable to that of the competing Microsoft Surface Pro.[14] The design of the Smart Keyboard is similar to the design of the Smart Cover accessory.[15]

Apple PencilEdit

 
IPad Pro and Apple Pencil (in boxes)

Apple Pencil is a precision stylus exclusive to the iPad Pro. The accessory is rechargeable via the Lightning port on the tablet itself.[16][17] iPad Pro introduces a new display with increased responsiveness and precision over previous iPad displays with Apple Pencil support added.[18][19] During the keynote, Apple demonstrated drawing, managing publication layout, and document annotation.[20][21][22]

ReceptionEdit

The iPad Pro's 9.7-inch version set a record among all currently released tablets tested in color accuracy, screen reflectance, peak brightness, contrast rating in high ambient light, and smallest color variation. However, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch version tested to having better contrast ratio in the dark.[23] Despite Apple advertising the tablets as PC replacements,[24] most reviewers noted that it still cannot replace a laptop running the Microsoft Windows or macOS desktop operating systems.[25][26]

TimelineEdit

iPad Pro (2017)iPad Pro (2017)iPad ProiPad ProiPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad (2017)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (2nd generation)iPad (1st generation) 
Source: Apple press release library[27]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "iPad Pro - Technical Specifications - Apple". Apple Inc. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ryan (November 30, 2015). "More on Apple’s A9X SoC". AnandTech. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "iPad Pro Teardown". iFixit. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "iPad Pro 9.7" Teardown". iFixit. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "iPad Pro 10.5 inch teardown". 
  7. ^ Love, Julia (September 9, 2015). "Bigger iPad announced at Apple 'monster' event". Reuters. San Francisco. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Dillet, Roman (September 9, 2015). "Apple Unveils The iPad Pro". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Apple - Press Info - Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week". Apple Inc. 
  10. ^ a b Seifert, Dan (March 21, 2016). "New iPad Pro announced: $599, 9.7-inch display, weighs less than one pound". The Verge. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Pro". Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ "10.5-inch and 12.9-inch 2017 iPad Pro FAQ: Everything you need to know!". iMore. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  13. ^ "iPad Accessories". Apple. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ziegler, Chris (September 9, 2015). "The iPad Pro has an optional Smart Keyboard cover for $169". The Verge. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hands-on with the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard". Macworld. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  16. ^ "Apple Introduces iPad Pro Featuring Epic 12.9-inch Retina Display". Apple.com. Apple Press Info. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (September 12, 2015). "Apple is not following Jobs' script and that's OK". Mashable. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ Statt, Nick (September 9, 2015). "Here's why Apple made the stylus that Steve Jobs hated: Styluses and screens have come a long way". The Verge. The Verge. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Harley; et al. "United States Patent: 8638320". Patent Full Text. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ King, Hope. "Apple criticized for Photoshopping smile on woman's face". CNN.com. CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ Price, Rob (September 9, 2015). "Apple just announced a product that Steve Jobs famously hated". Business Insider. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  22. ^ Davies, Chris (September 9, 2015). "Apple Pencil for iPad Pro revealed: The stylus’ time has come". Slashgear. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ iPad Pro 9.7 analysis shows record display performance, iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities 9to5 Mac
  24. ^ "iPad Pro - What's a Computer?". Apple Inc. on YouTube. August 1, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  25. ^ iPad Pro 9.7 review: Apple's best tablet, but it won't replace a laptop
  26. ^ No, The 9.7 iPad Pro Won't Replace A Windows Laptop - Forbes
  27. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). Release Library. Retrieved April 3, 2011.

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Preceded by
12.9-inch iPad Pro
1st generation
Succeeded by
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
Preceded by
9.7-inch iPad Pro
1st generation
Succeeded by
10.5-inch iPad Pro