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Our Verdict

The iPad Pro 12.9 from 2023 might still make a decent purchase if you can find stock online, especially if it’s at a reduced price.. Just bear in mind that this older model isn’t compatible with the new Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard.

Apple invented the tablet market with the iPad in 2010. It also reinvigorated the laptop market with the evolution of its MacBook over the past 20 years. So why has it seemingly tried to meld the two with the iPad Pro?

Can this 12.9-inch version replace your laptop? Does Apple even want it to? It largely depends on what you need it for. If you watch TV and surf the web: yes. If you work with desktop operating systems and need it to replicate that experience: no.

It leaves me at pains to rate what is a fine product. It is too expensive for most casual consumers but could be ideal for digital illustrators and aspiring creative professionals with deep pockets who want a second device. Yet, it is a dream to fire up Netflix on, and with the right keyboard is great to word process with.

So is it overkill? Maybe. Some problems remain with iOS and even though Apple has moved away from the replace-your-laptop marketing, it is an OS that feels limited when you try to do everything on it, even with the keyboard and Pencil.

But the hardware is beautiful, and Apple has always known how to provoke lust for its products. Consider me torn.

Price and availability

As of October 2023, this model of the iPad Pro has been discontinued by Apple.

This is our original review from when the device launched. You might still be able to find some stock of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2024) with some retailers, such as the Apple refurbished store.

Design and build

The iPad’s design has come a long way in seven years. Compared to older models, the 12.9-inch Pro is comically large and isn’t a device you’ll be comfortable using with one hand to read on. But this isn’t an iPad aimed at the casual reader of news or browser of web. Though it does those things with aplomb thanks to the expansive Retina display that’s bigger than the smallest MacBook’s. 

The design remains largely unchanged from the 2024 model that introduced the world to the mega-Pad. The external design is identical, with a pleasingly clean look and feel that recalls Steve Jobs’ love of the Bauhaus movement in its minimalism.

It’s my favourite iPad in this sense despite its size, with only a Touch ID button, power/lock button and volume keys on the chassis (plus a nano-SIM tray on cellular models).

Aside from these, there’s a Lightning port, 3.5mm headphone jack and four speaker grilles. The Apple logo on the rear is reflective aluminium and the weight of the device, while not the most shoulder-bag friendly, has a reassuring heft behind it.

The camera, now the same as on the iPhone 7, has the tiniest of bumps to it but does not cause the whole unit to rock when on a table, which is good news for drawing and note taking with the Pencil, or just typing onto the screen.

The tablet is undoubtedly unwieldy, even with two hands. It works well docked with Apple’s Smart Keyboard that frustratingly does not come in the box. You’ll want it though, as it is very slim and adds little bulk to the unit while adding the benefits of a stand as well as keyboard.

They keyboard is powered directly from the iPad via the three pin Smart Connector and is fool proof in its operation. It means the keyboard needn’t have its own battery or even rely on Bluetooth for connection. For illustrators and designers (or just plain curious) you’ll want to indulge in the Apple Pencil.

Apple’s move away from pushing the iPad Pro as a laptop alternative is evident in the new slip case it is selling,  which is for just tablet and Pencil. The Pencil remains expensive and charging via the iPad’s Lightning port is still precarious, but as an input device it is second to none, easily matching (price) and in some instances surpassing (look and feel) the Microsoft Surface Pen. 

If you don’t want an enormous iPad you’re in luck; you’ll save a lot of money. But if you want a 12-inch touch input device that you can do a fair few laptop things on, then the iPad Pro is the device you’re going to consider. But can top end specs and iOS deliver?

Hardware, features and specifications

So it’s a looker. But are the internal changes to the iPad Pro enough to make it worth the asking price?

Headline specs Display

9.7-inch iPad Pro (RIP) and adapts your iPad’s screen to the most realistic colour possible depending on the light. Apple lets you toggle it on and off to show the benefits, and trust me – you’ll keep it on.

HD video streaming on several platforms looks phenomenal, no doubt a result of the resolution and ProMotion working in tandem. Video rendering in high-intensity applications also benefits massively, and designers will see their creations come to life in ways that simply don’t present themselves on a smaller display.

Brightness is well managed by the ambient light sensor, though it’s hard to read in direct sunlight and despite the decent oleophobic coating, it’ll pick up some pretty smudgy prints.

Unlike the standard iPad, the iPad Pro’s screen remains fully laminated, meaning touch input is directly onto a screen rather than operating it on glass with a gap between you and the panel.

It only adds to the premium feel of the display. Just don’t drop it. I don’t see many cracked iPad screens, but the size of this one leaves it susceptible to a potential major repair job.

Cameras

There are also massive camera improvements, not that it’s socially acceptable to use a 12.9-inch screen as a viewfinder. Apple has done this for professionals for scanning documents, photographing in-studio and other handy things, so it’s not a useless upgrade.

The 12Mp sensor is the same as in the iPhone 7 and works amazingly well, with Live Photos, optical image stabilisation, digital zoom up to 5x and 4K video recording. Little things show themselves in use, like how panoramas are easier to achieve as opposed to relatively pokey iPhone screens. It’s impressive but probably adds to the price along with the improved display tech.

It shows excellent detail on this photo of St Pancras in London, while close ups give good low light reproduction with auto HDR.

The front facing camera is a 7Mp HD sensor so rest assured; it’s just as good for FaceTime as every other iPad out there.

Audio

HomePod for that.

There are also dual microphones that work for calls and video and audio recording. They are decent for the former, but for the latter you won’t want to rely on them for anything above casual filming or note taking.

Battery life

Battery life on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is quite pleasing, though it’s still not the powerhouse you might expect for the price. Apple stuffs a decent-sized 41-watt-hour battery into the chassis that’ll carry you through a heavy work day much more satisfyingly than the phone in your pocket will.

But it takes a long time to recharge, even with the supplied charger. If you have the 29W charger Apple ships with its USB-C MacBooks then you can invest in a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your iPad faster. But that is an expensive faff.

Also bear in mind that charging the Pro while using it is not ideal, and you’ll hover around the same percentage point forever. You’ll need to build overnight charging into your routine.

Benchmarks

All of this amounts to a blisteringly fast tablet. Some phones need 8GB RAM just to make Android acceptably fast, but the iPad Pro only has 4GB. It never stutters, and performs practically the same as the also-new 10.5-inch model.

Here I benchmarked it against that iPad, last year’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 2024’s original 12.9-inch. Also I’ve included some results for Huawei’s MateBook E 2-in-1 (Core i5)  and the latest high-end Microsoft Surface Pro (Core i7) for good measure.

Processes differ between the full Windows 10 desktop experience on the Surface Pro, but notice how the mobile OS in iOS holds a candle to Microsoft’s Core i7 speeds. It’s impressive, but the iPad is still limited in what you can do with it because of the operating system’s closed nature. Perhaps access to the file system in iOS 11’s Files app will bring new working methods, but until we are able to test it extensively, it’s speculation.

Software

Whether or not you should buy this iPad comes down to whether or not you can cope with iOS 10 masquerading as a full desktop operating system. Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC in June 2023, but it won’t have a full stable release until around September.

While the public beta is available, it is not very stable and you shouldn’t download it onto your primary device. For now, we must toil with iOS 10. While not unworkable, if you are intending to replace a desktop OS machine with the iPad Pro, you’ll get frustrated. End of.

Things you take for granted like easy multi-window and window overlays are not present. Multi-window on iOS 10 is just two side-by-side apps in full screen. It’s fine if you are in a meeting and want a browser and your email open, but for a full-on workflow it’ll make you go a lot slower.

Perhaps in my capacity as a writer I am experiencing annoyances that won’t apply to everyone, but with the lack of drag and drop (coming with iOS 11) and mouse control (never coming, obviously) it requires a big mental shift to make it work.

iOS 10 often presents the 12.9-inch iPad as an enormous iPhone in the way the system works, and it isn’t very efficient. The iPad Pro works best when using a third party app like Concepts with the Apple Pencil to create drawings, designs and 3D modelling.

In these instances, it is a stunning, probably unrivalled design tablet with top class hardware and software implementation allowing you to achieve things unimaginable in this form factor even five years ago.

At its worst, the iPad Pro flat out annoys. It’s easy to see why Apple is crawling away from the laptop comparisons and pushing its MacBook line again for people who want to do laptop things.

Even simply word processing on the iPad Pro lulled me into a false sense of security before I flapped about for the non-existent trackpad. Or the times I tapped on the screen trying to minimise a window a la Windows 10 touchscreen laptops before remembering I had to hit the home button.

It’s all stuff that will come with time and if you’re determined to create the right workflow around the iPad Pro then you’ll make it work. But you’re going to have to really want to, and you’re going to have to re-train your brain. Whether or not that’s worth the initial bother and expense is up to you.

The fact remains that if you don’t need to use the Apple Pencil then there are very few instances where the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard combo is preferable to a similarly powerful laptop. Like a MacBook.

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Ipad Pro: History, Specs, Pricing, Review, Deals, And Rumors

The new iPad Pro is powered by the A12Z processor and features a new camera setup on the back. Apple has also unveiled a new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad for iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro is Apple’s professional tablet choice. This iPad promises to fill any professional user’s needs with a stunning display and high specs. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

History

The first-generation iPad Pro was first available in November of 2024 with a giant 12.9-inch screen. Later in March of 2024, Apple announced a smaller version, with a 9.7-inch display. Apple also introduced the first-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard with this iPad

The Apple Pencil was a key accessory to this iPad since it rejects the user’s palm while in use and is designed for low latency to enable smooth marking on the screen. The Smart Keyboard makes it easier for the user to take notes and work anywhere with the iPad.

The second generation arrived in June of 2023, featuring the A10X Fusion processor and up to 512GB of storage. The 9.7-inch model was replaced with a 10.5-inch version.

In October of 2023, Apple introduced the third-generation iPad Pro, giving the tablet its biggest update yet. With a bezel-less design, the 12.9-inch model became smaller, while Apple replaced the 10.5-inch version for the first-generation 11-inch iPad Pro.

Apple added Face ID to the tablet, with the ability to unlock the iPad in any orientation. This was also the first mobile product from the company to feature a USB-C port. With up to 1TB of storage, Apple also introduced the second-generation Apple Pencil, now charging when attached to the iPad’s side, and a new Smart Keyboard Folio that protects the iPad when closed.

in April of 2023, Apple unveiled the fifth-generation iPad Pro with the M1 chip, Thunderbolt port, 5G support, and the mini-LED display technology in the 12.9-inch model.

iPad Pro Specs and Accessories

Apple sells today the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation) and the 11-inch model (third generation). Both versions feature the M1 chip, which is up to 50% faster than the A12Z Bionic in the previous model, 5G support, a Thunderbolt port, and up to 2TB of storage.

For the first time, Apple says the models with more than 1TB of storage have 16GB of RAM, and versions with less than 1TB of storage have 8GB of RAM.

The iPad Pro uses Face ID technology and has a redesigned camera module, with 12MP Wide Len, 10MP Ultra Wide Len, and a LiDAR Scanner, which is used for AR applications and helps to enhance focus while recording videos or taking pictures.

The TrueDepth camera now has a 12MP Ultra Wide Len with the “Center Stage” feature, which always puts the user in the center of a video call.

With up to ten hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or up to nine hours using a cellular data network, this iPad is available in Silver and Space Gray.

The fifth-generation Pro model works with the Magic Keyboard, featuring a trackpad, backlighted keys, a hinge to adjust the viewing angle, and a USB-C port for pass-through charging. It’s available in white and black. This model also uses the second-generation Apple Pencil, which charges attached to the iPad. You can learn more about the 2023 iPad Pro here.

iPadOS 15

The iPad Pro runs iPadOS 15. Previewed during the WWDC21 keynote, the operating system brings a redesigned Home Screen with widgets and App Library support.

The experience with an external keyboard allows users to get more done with all-new keyboard shortcuts and a redesign of the menu bar.

With the Quick Note feature, users can use the Apple Pencil to add a quick note. They just need to slide the pencil through the bottom right corner to the center of the screen and start writing.

iPadOS 15 is already out, with version 15.0.1 also available. Learn more about it here. In a future update, Apple will bring SharePlay for the iPad, which will let users share their screens, listen to Apple Music songs together, or watch Apple TV+, HBO Max, Disney+, and others while in a call.

iPadOS 15.1

One month after releasing iPadOS 15, Apple released iPadOS 15.1 More notable, the company finally brought SharePlay support for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Unfortunately, Universal Control wasn’t one of the features added with this new version. Here’s what else is new:

Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation

New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor

New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri

iPadOS 15.2

Five weeks after releasing iPadOS 15.1, Apple is releasing iPadOS 15.2. It brings more features that were expected to launch alongside iPadOS 15. Here are the top features of this version:

Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri

App Privacy Report in Settings lets you see how often apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more during the last seven days, as well as their network activity

Communication safety setting gives parents the ability to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos that contain nudity

Digital Legacy allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death

Apple TV app: Store tab lets you browse, buy, and rent movies and TV Shows all in one place

iPadOS 15.3

Six weeks after releasing iPadOS 15.2, Apple is releasing iPadOS 15.3. This update foregoes new features in favor of under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements. One of the most notable changes here is a fix for a Safari vulnerability that may have been leaking your browsing history and Google ID data to the websites you visited.

iPadOS 15.4

iPadOS 15.4 finally brings one of the most important features expected from iPadOS 15 and that got delayed: Universal Control. Here’s everything new with iPadOS 15.4:

Universal Control: This feature allows you to control your Mac and iPad using the same keyboard and mouse/trackpad. Universal Control needs iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3;

New Siri voice: Siri has a fifth American voice. Apple says a member of the LGBTQ+ community recorded the voice and it’s non-binary;

More emoji: iPadOS 15.4 also brings new emojis. You can discover all of the new characters here;

Shortcuts automation: Adds support for running Personal Automations in the background without requiring a pesky banner notification.

You can learn everything new with this update here.

iPadOS 15.5

Different from other software updates, iPadOS 15.5 only improves the Podcast app experience, as Apple focused on Wallet changes for the iPhone this time:

Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones

iPadOS 15.6

iPadOS 15.6 is yet another small update for iPad users. Here’s what’s news:

TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward.

Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to display that device storage is full even if it is available.

Fixes an issue that may cause Braille devices to slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail.

Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert to a previous page.

iPadOS 15.7 features

Apple released iPadOS 15.7 with bug fixes while the company readies iPadOS 16.

iPadOS 14

With iPad OS 14, Apple has redesigned widgets for the Home Screen and added a new enhanced sidebar, compact calls function, and Scribble. With this function, you don’t have to put your Apple Pencil away to do other things. You can write by hand in any text field across iPadOS, and your words automatically convert to text.

Messages received pinned conversations, group photos, and inline replies. It’s possible to mention people in iMessage now and give your Memoji a more personalized look.

In April, Apple released iPadOS 14.5, with some major changes in the iPadOS 14 cycle:

App Tracking Transparency: iPadOS 14.5 includes the new App Tracking Transparency feature. This requires that applications ask permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. For example, when you open the Facebook app, you’ll see a prompt that says the app would like to track you across other apps and services. There will be two options from which to choose: “Ask App Not to Track” or “Allow.”

Siri: There is a new Siri intelligence feature that helps the virtual assistant adapt to your preferring music application. Apple also added two additional Siri voice options from which to choose. The company has said that these changes are part of its ongoing commitment to diversity.

Emoji: iPadOS 14.5 adds over 200 new emojis.

Podcasts: Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening to a podcast. Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your library for quick access. Top Charts and popular categories in Search help discover new shows.

Horizontal boot screen on the iPad

Updates to the Music app, including swipe gestures, a lyrics sharing feature, and more.

Even though Apple gave the option for users to stay on iPadOS 14.8 and not update to iPadOS 15, the company now recommends users to update their devices, as it won’t release new updates to iPadOS 14.

Pricing

iPad Pro (2024) pricing starts at $799 for the 11-inch model, with a 128GB storage option, and Wi-Fi only. The prices can go up to $2,399 with the 12.9-inch model, 2TB storage option, and Wi-Fi + Cellular. Here are the full prices of the third-generation 11-inch model and the fifth-generation 12.9-inch version Apple sell:

11-inch iPad Pro and accessories:

128GB with Wi-Fi: $799

128GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $949

256GB with Wi-Fi: $899

256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,049

512GB with Wi-Fi: $1,099

512GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,249

1TB with Wi-Fi: $1,299

1TB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,499

2TB with Wi-Fi: $1899

2TB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $ 2.099

Magic Keyboard (11-inch): $299

Apple Pencil (2nd gen): $129

12.9-inch iPad Pro and accessories:

128GB with Wi-Fi: $1099

128GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,299

256GB with Wi-Fi: $1,199

256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,399

512GB with Wi-Fi: $1,399

512GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,599

1TB with Wi-Fi: $1,799

1TB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,999

2TB with Wi-Fi: $2,199

2TB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $2,399

Magic Keyboard (11-inch): $349

Apple Pencil (2nd gen): $129

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store. You can also find the Magic Keyboard and second-generation Apple Pencil.

2024 iPad Pro Launch

The fifth generation launched on May 21. Orders started on April 30, 2023.

Fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro review

In our video review of the fifth-generation iPad Pro, we say this is the perfect model to upgrade if you want the power of the M1 chip on the iPad but it still needs a better software update to unleash its full power.

Hardware-wise this is the complete package. The 2023 iPad is basically a Mac computer without macOS. But it’s so much more than a Mac, and that’s what makes the iPad such a compelling product. The iPad has a display that’s better than any MacBook, can connect to the Internet independent of Wi-Fi, has a better speaker system, features easy Face ID authentication, works with the Apple Pencil, and so much more.

If Apple can provide big enhancements in areas like multitasking, external display support, and file management, I think the iPad will finally be able to compete with the Mac and be the laptop replacement that so many people have wanted it to be.

Deals

Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the iPad Pro and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

Rumors

After a year since Apple released the M1 iPad Pro, there are some rumors about its next generation.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and supply chain analyst Ross Young, Apple will not add a miniLED display to the new 11-inch iPad Pro model, keeping this technology for the larger version.

Kuo’s report also corroborates that the 2023 iPad Pro will likely keep the same screen sizes as the current generation, which are 11 and 12.9 inches. In December of 2023, Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter gave Apple customers a tidbit of what to expect from the new iPad Pro.

In January 2023, 9to5Mac was able to report that Apple is indeed working on a new iPad Pro, but it won’t feature a full glass back. The company is planning to grow the Apple logo with glass material so it can charge the device through MagSafe support. An M2 chip is also expected.

According to Gurman, these new iPad Pro should be available in the near future, around October or November.

M2 Ipad Pro Vs M1 Ipad Pro: What’s Different?

The latest iPad Pro with the M2 chip takes performance another step forward, but what has changed from the previous iPad Pro when it comes to real-world use? Follow along for an in-depth look at the M2 iPad Pro vs M1 iPad Pro to help you decide the best choice.

In 2023, the 11 and 12.9″ iPad Pro arrived with the powerful M1 chip, Thunderbolt connectivity, 5G for cellular models, new camera features like Center Stage, and more.

Then the 2023 M2 iPad Pro arrived with a number of tweaks and changes, but many of them are minor which could push customers toward the M1 iPad Pro or even iPad Air.

M2 iPad Pro vs M1 iPad Pro Performance

The main difference between the new and old iPad Pro is the upgrade from an M1 to M2 chip.

That delivers up to an 18% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU (10-core vs 8-core), and a 2x boost in memory bandwidth from 50GB/s to 100GB/s.

Note: 128, 256 and 512GB models have 8GB RAM, 1TB and 2TB models have 16GB RAM.

11″ M2 iPad Pro11″ M1 iPad Pro12.9″ M2 iPad Pro12.9″ M1 iPad ProChipM2M1M2M1CPU cores8888GPU cores108108Neural cores16161616Storage128GB – 2TB128GB – 2TB128GB – 2TB128GB – 2TBRAM8 or 16GB8 or 16GB8 or 16GB8 or 16GBMemory bandwidth100GB/s50GB/s100GB/s50GB/sThunderbolt/USB 4✅✅✅✅Cellular5G5G5G5G

Outside of the slight boost in CPU and GPU performance, all the other specs like storage, RAM, Thunderbolt connectivity, and 5G remain the same between the new and old iPad Pro models.

Display

Just like the M1 12.9″ iPad Pro, the M2 12.9″ iPad Pro is the only one that features the Liquid Retina XDR display with miniLED backlighting.

Shared display features across all pro models include up to 120Hz ProMotion, P3 wide color, full laminated displays, anti-reflective coating, and True Tone.

There appears to be just one difference between the new M2 11 and 12.9″ iPad Pro display and the M1 versions – the new Apple Pencil Hover feature.

11″ M2 iPad Pro11″ M1 iPad Pro12.9″ M2 iPad Pro12.9″ M1 iPad ProDisplay11″11″12.9″ with miniLED12.9″ with miniLEDResolution2388 x 16682388 x 16682732 x 20482732 x 2048PPI (pixels per inch)264264264264Display brightness600 nits600 nits600 nits SDR, up to 1600 HDR600 nits SDR, up to 1600 HDRTrue Tone✅✅✅✅P3 wide color✅✅✅✅ProMotion (120Hz)✅✅✅✅Anti-reflective coating✅✅✅✅Fully laminated display✅✅✅✅Liquid Retina Display✅✅––Liquid Retina XDR Display❌❌✅✅Apple Pencil Hover✅❌✅❌

Connectivity and accessories

The new iPad Pro models work with the same Apple accessories as the previous-gen iPad Pro. That includes the second-gen Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio.

Some small upgrades with the M2 iPad Pro include Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6E. Interestingly, the new iPad Pro models didn’t get a Magic Keyboard Folio like the iPad 10.

11 and 12.9″ M2 iPad Pro11 and 12.9″ M1 iPad ProApple Pencil gen 2 support✅✅Magic Keyboard support✅✅5G✅✅WiFi 6–✅WiFi 6E✅❌Bluetooth5.35.0USB-C✅ USB 4✅ USB 4Thunderbolt✅✅Face ID✅✅

Battery life

The 2023 iPad Pro models with M2 chip feature the same battery life as their predecessors:

10 hours of web or video use on WiFi

9 hours of web use with cellular

Storage and price

Storage remains the same between the old and new iPad Pro models. And pricing – original MSRP pricing – is also unchanged. However, keep an eye out for M1 iPad Pro discounts.

11″ M2 iPad Pro11″ M1 iPad Pro12.9″ M2 iPad Pro12.9″ M1 iPad Pro128GB WiFi$799$799$1,099$1,099128GB + cell$999$999$1,299$1,299256GB WiFi$899$899$1,199$1,199256GB + cell$1,099$1,099$1,399$1,399512GB WiFi$1,099$1,099$1,399$1,399512GB + cell$1,299$1,299$1,599$1,5991TB WiFi$1,499$1,499$1,799$1,7991TB + cell$1,699$1,699$1,999$1,9992TB WiFi$1,899$1,899$2,199$2,1992TB + cell$2,099$2,099$2,399$2,399

Cameras, video, and audio

2024 iPad Pro rear-facing cameras

With the iPad Pro rear camera system, you’ve got a 12MP wide lens, 10MP ultra wide lens, LiDAR Scanner, and the True Tone flash.

On the back, you get a 12MP ultra wide lens with Center Stage support.

The only changes between the M2 and M1 iPad Pro, for now, is Smart HDR 4 vs Smart HDR 3 photos and the ability to shoot ProRes video at up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB models).

11 and 12.9″ M2 iPad Pro11 and 12.9″ M1 iPad Pro12MP wide lens✅✅10MP ultra wide lens✅✅LiDAR✅✅4K video✅✅ProRes video up to 4K 30 fps✅❌Extended dynamic range✅✅Slo-mo video✅✅Rear camera flash✅✅TrueDepth camera with Face ID✅✅Ultra wide 12MP front camera✅✅2x optical zoom out✅✅Smart HDR 3 photos–✅Smart HDR 4 photos✅❌Center Stage auto-tracking✅✅4-speaker audio✅✅Stereo recording✅✅5 studio-quality mics✅✅

The iPad Pro front camera also supports Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji/Memoji.

Strangely, while the iPad 10 got a handy Landscape ultra wide front camera, the iPad Pro retains the front camera on the top (short side) bezel.

Dimensions, weight, colors

Size and weight are identical between the M2 iPad Pro and M1 iPad Pro according to Apple:

M2 and M1 11-inch iPad Pro: 1.03 pounds, 9.74 inches (247.6 mm) high, 7.02 inches (178.5 mm) wide, 0.23 inches (5.9 mm) thick

M2 and M1 12.9-inch iPad Pro: 1.5 pounds, 11.04 inches (280.6 mm) high, 8.46 inches (214.9 mm) wide, 0.25 inches (6.4 mm) thick

Color choices remain the same with silver and space gray.

Other small differences

Two more little differences you’ll see with the M2 iPad Pro:

Braided USB-C cable in the box instead of a plastic cable

“iPad Pro” wordmark on the back instead of “iPad” on previous iPad Pro models

M2 iPad Pro space gray may be slightly lighter than the M1 iPad Pro space gray finish with the antenna line for cellular models being more muted

Apple’s space gray finishes as shown on its website. M2 on left, M1 on right

M2 iPad Pro vs M1 iPad Pro conclusion Why buy M2 iPad Pro?

When considering all the similarities between the M2 iPad Pro and M1, you’ll probably only want to pick up the new model if you’re a pro with workflows that will benefit from the M2 chip/ProRes support or you’re just okay with spending the money on the latest and greatest from Apple.

The M2 iPad Pro is available at Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BH Photo.

Why buy M1 iPad Pro?

When you can get the vast majority of the M2 iPad Pro feature set with the M1 iPad Pro and the processor difference not being an issue for most users, picking one up at a discount will probably be a popular move.

Also, don’t forget the iPad Air offers a compelling package at an even cheaper price than the last-gen iPad Pro. That is if you’re okay with the 11-inch size.

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Best Ipad Pro Tempered Glass Screen Protectors In 2023

The product must be embellished with the best accessories. A million-dollar home looks like a hut if you place a shabby doormat at the entrance, agreed? Similarly, your iPad Pro, arguably one of the best gadgets of the decade, should be protected by the best accessories in the world. Our editors have worked to handpick each iPad Pro glass screen protector to make the top ten list. If you wonder why we should present this list of glass screen protectors, especially when we have already dealt with film protectors, the answer is the difference between the two. You can see a remarkable difference between a glass screen protector and its plastic counterpart, from quality to performance to price.

1. Sparin

If you think that “slim figure” is a Hollywood phenomenon, think again. The viral impact of slimness has gripped one and all; even the lifeless things are not spared. Take a look at this ultra slim iPad Pro glass protector. Why should you add extra bulk to your iPad?

Enjoy this high definition & high-resolution Retina display with easy installation, perfect cut-outs, and beautiful design. You can smoothly paste this glass screen protector without any hassle. And not to forget, it’s bubble-free.

2. PERFECTSIGHT

Featuring 2.5D curved edged design, PERFECTSIGHT provides full-screen coverage to the touchscreen. With the exact cutouts, it’s installed spotlessly on the screen.

Due mainly to the high-grade tempered glass, it boasts 9H hardness that can resist the sharpness of even the knife. The anti-blue light material reduces eye-strain. Therefore, your eyes won’t burn even after using the device for hours. Moreover, the screen is pretty responsive to the touch and also keeps fingerprints at bay.

3. TANTEK

While using an iPad Pro, one has to cover a large area. One cannot afford to tap twice on any app. TANTEK knows this and therefore, it has designed a highly responsive screen protector, which quickly registers your tap. With zero bubbles and 99.99% transparency, consuming and typing contents on this beast is an excellent experience.

TANTEK has used industry leading 9H hardness to manufacture this real tempered glass to protect the original screen of your iPad Pro.

4. MEGOO

“MEGOO” has come up with a top-quality screen guard that delivers high-definition clarity. Aside from providing an enhanced viewing angle, the screen defender also keeps the touchscreen protected from scuffs.

The reliable 9H hardness has made it strong enough to fight out bumps and offer the needed shield to the touchscreen. It is precisely cut and has smooth edges. As a result, the screen defender finds it a bit easy to fit on the screen.

5. SHARKSBox

With “SHARKSBox” your iPad Pro touchscreen gets a solid defender. Made of top-grade gorilla glass, it’s exceptionally scratch resistant.

The anti-dust nano-coating doesn’t let grime pile up on the screen. Thus, you will always find it pretty responsive to the touch.

As the screen is bubble-free, you can install it without any hiccups. Besides, SHARKSBox comes with a reliable 18-month manufacturer warranty.

6. JETech

When you talk about the top screen guards for iPad Pro, you can’t exclude the offerings from JETech. The highlight of this screen protector is the 0.33mm thickness that empowers it to resist scrape with ease. With the industry-standard hardness, it has the needed strength to safeguard the touchscreen.

Thanks to the rounded edges, it’s installed smoothly on the screen. The high-clarity enhances your viewing experience. Plus, it also keeps grime and smudges away to keep the screen responsive.

7. amFilm

With its .33mm thickness, amFilm is a reliable and resilient companion for your iPad Pro. Install this glass screen and experience ultra-clear transparency up to 99.9%.

The protector gives you natural viewing experience; additionally, it is highly durable and scratch-resistant as it has 9H hardness. Since it is specially designed for Apple iPad Pro, the protector is compatible with Apple Pencil and impeccable touchscreen sensitivity.

8. Tech Armor

Tech Armor’s tempered glass screen protector has passed through so many quality tests that you can blindly trust its strength and performance. A renowned name in iPhone protective accessories, Tech Armor’s screen guard is compatible with Apple Pencil. You can smoothly write, draw, and sketch with Apple Pencil.

This ballistic glass is made of premium materials and expert design. You can use this tempered glass on your iPad Pro 2024 and 2023.

9. Syncwire

Syncwire screen guard sports perfect cutouts and is designed to be case-friendly. Being made of high-grade tempered glass, you can trust it to have the industry-standard solidity. Thus, it can effortlessly fight out bumps and scuffs.

2.5D curved edges play a vital role in helping it fit spotlessly on the large screen. Plus, the oleophobic coating further improves its usability and the screen protector can resist sweat and scuffs immaculately.

10. Supershieldz

Your 12.9-inch iPad Pro is so mesmerizing that everyone would like to caress the screen with fingers. Thankfully, Supershieldz has come up with the right solution; this screen guard is equipped with anti-fingerprint and anti-glare matte shield technology.

Another noteworthy feature is the Japanese PET film, which makes installation extremely easy and it doesn’t leave any residue after the application. You will experience natural feel while interacting with your big iPad Pro and enjoy real touch sensitivity.

That’s all!

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10 Best Cases And Covers For Ipad Pro 2023 (11

Best iPad Pro 2023 (11-inch) Cases and Covers

We have included all types of cases and covers for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2023 in this list, including rugged, clear, folding, leather, and more. We will also update this list with new additions, so make sure to check back from time to time. So without further ado, here are the best cases and covers for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2023 you can buy right now.

1. Apple Smart Folio: Official iPad Pro 2023 Case

Apple’s own cases and covers are expensive, but there’s no replacement for the original. The official Apple Smart Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro 2023 is constructed from a single piece of polyurethane to protect the front and back of your device. It automatically wakes your iPad Pro when opened and puts it to sleep when closed.

Alongside the regular model, Apple also offers a Smart Keyboard Folio with a built-in keyboard. So, if you want to be more productive with your new iPad Pro, we suggest you go for the keyboard folio case.

Buy the Smart Folio from Apple: $79

Buy the Smart Keyboard Folio from Apple: $179

2. Spigen Tough Armor Pro: Best Rugged Case for 11-inch iPad Pro 2023

The Spigen Tough Armor Pro comes with all the rugged goodness you’ve come to expect from the brand. The case is built out of shock-absorbent layers with Air Cushion Technology for full-body protection. It also comes with raised edges for added protection to the screen and camera. On the functionality side of things, the Spigen Tough Armor Pro also has a built-in kickstand for easy hands-free viewing.

Other features include precise cutouts for easy access to the charging port and an Apple Pencil holder with wireless charging support. Overall, the Spigen Tough Armor Pro case lives up to the brand’s reputation and offers a high-quality build, enhanced protection, and a solid set of features. Add to that the affordable price tag, and it’s easy to crown this as one of the best cases for the 11-inch iPad Pro (2024).

3. Moko Magnetic Smart Folio

The Moko Magnetic Smart Folio case is one of the best iPad Pro 2023 (11-inch) cases you can buy. It comes with an auto sleep/wake feature that automatically wakes up the tablet once you open the case. When the case is closed, the device instantly enters sleep mode. The case also comes with a tri-fold front cover that transforms the protective case into a viewing stand and keyboard stand.

The case also comes with an uncovered edge that allows users to attach the Apple Pencil with their tablet magnetically. It also sports a slim and lightweight one-piece design that adds minimal bulk while protecting your precious device. The seamless case wraps both the front and back of the iPad Pro, with the bezel-less design allowing for unobstructed gesture swipes.

Buy From Amazon: $15.99

4. OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Elite

The Symmetry Series 360 Elite case features OtterBox DROP+ protection, which the company claims exceeds military drop standards. The case has endured more than 24 additional tests over 238 hours for its certification, as per the company. Built out of TPU and hard plastic, this iPad Pro case supports smart magnetic sleep/wake modes.

Buy From Apple: $79.99

5. ESR Ascend Series Trifold Stand Case: Best Affordable iPad Pro 2023 Case

As its name implies, the ESR Ascend Series Trifold Stand Case comes with a magnetic trifold stand to support both viewing (portrait) and writing (landscape) modes. It also supports Apple Pencil 2’s magnetic pairing and charging with a specially designed cutout. The case also comes with a clasp that folds over the Apple Pencil for extra protection while it charges.

Like most other offerings in this category, the ESR Ascend Series Trifold Stand Case also supports the auto sleep/wake function. It puts your iPad Pro to sleep when you close the case and wakes it up automatically when you open it. Available in Pink and Black colorways, this is one of the best cases you can buy for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2023.

Buy From Amazon: $11.99

6. GUDOU Keyboard Case: Best Affordable Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 2023

The GUDOU keyboard case comes with a 7-color LED-backlit detachable Bluetooth keyboard. It comes with an auto sleep/wake feature, but it only works without the keyboard. The case also supports Apple Pencil 2 pairing and wireless charging, which means you can charge the stylus without taking off the case.

Buy From Amazon: $33.68

7. ZtotopCases Premium PU Leather Folio

The ZtotopCases Premium PU Leather Folio comes with a built-in leather hand strap, Apple Pencil holder, and organizer pocket. It also has a strong magnetic kickstand, which allows you to adjust the iPad Pro at multiple viewing angles. Made out of PU leather, the ZtotopCases case offers all-around protection from bumps, scrapes, and accidental drops.

Other notable features include an auto sleep/wake mode. On the design front, the case comes with precise cutouts that offer clear access to all buttons, and the tablet remains fully protected against impacts. Overall, the ZtotopCases magnetic cover is one of the best affordable cases for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2023 in the market right now.

8. TiMOVO Slim Protective Case

Yet another affordable and protective cover for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2023, the TiMOVO Slim Protective case comes with a PU leather built upfront and translucent TPU at the back. It offers full-body protection for your iPad against scratches, shocks, drops, and impacts. The case also comes with an Apple Pencil Holder that allows you to carry the accessory with ease. It also offers support for instant pairing and wireless charging.

The TiMOVO case comes with precise cutouts that offer easy access to ports, camera, speaker, and microphone. It is well designed to fit snugly to your iPad, allowing smooth operation. The TiMOVO trifold stand also provides a kickstand with multiple convenient positions for watching movies or typing. Finally, it also offers the obligatory auto wake/sleep function like most of its competitors.

Buy From Amazon: $15.95

9. ProCase Protective Folio Case Smart Cover

The ProCase Protective Folio Case also comes with a built-in slot to store the Apple Pencil 2 while wireless charging. It also has a kickstand with dual standing positions, allowing users to use the iPad at two different angles. Finally, the case also supports the auto sleep/wake function and offers full access to all the ports and controls.

Buy From Amazon: $14.99

10. MoKo Shockproof Protective Cover

Made out of premium PU leather exterior, microfiber interior, and hard PC board, the MoKo Shockproof Protective Cover offers reliable protection against accidental drops, scratches, shocks, and dust. It also has a secure magnetic kickstand with four magnetic grooves that help prop up the iPad Pro 11-inch 2023 at multiple angles for easy typing, reading, and content viewing.

The MoKo case also offers a magnetic attachment for the Apple Pencil, thanks to a side opening that enables easy attachment and charging. Finally, as with most other cases, it also supports the auto wake/sleep function. That means it can automatically wake your tablet up when the lid is opened and put it back to sleep when closed.

Buy From Amazon: $19.95

Protect Your New 11-inch iPad Pro 2023 With the Best Cases and Covers

2024 Ipad Pro Tech Specs

In case you were wondering what Apple’s latest sixth-generation 12.9-inch and fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro models were packing under the hood, iDB is here with our obligatory tech specs outline to give you a better idea of what you’re getting with these new 2023 Apple-branded pro tablets.

2024 iPad Pro tech specs

The following technical specifications will be differentiated between the sixth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro where necessary:

Finishes

Aluminum in the following colorways:

Silver or Space Gray

Chips

Apple M2 – 8-core CPU with 4 high performance cores and 4 efficiency cores

10-core GPU

16-core neural engine

Media Engine

Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW

Video encode and decode engines

ProRes encode and decode engine

Memory

8 or 16GB of memory

100GB/s of memory bandwidth

Storage capacity options

128GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

2TB

Display

Unique to sixth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro:

Liquid Retina XDR display

12.9-inch (diagonal) mini-LED backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

2D backlighting system with 2596 full‑array local dimming zones

2732-by-2048-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)

XDR brightness: 1000 nits max full screen, 1600 nits peak (HDR content only)

1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

Unique to fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro:

Liquid Retina display

11-inch (diagonal) LED backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

2388-by-1668-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)

Both models:

ProMotion technology

Wide color display (P3)

True Tone display

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Fully laminated display

Anti-reflective coating with 1.8% reflectivity

SDR brightness: 600 nits max

Supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Apple Pencil hover

Rear-facing camera

Pro camera system: Wide and Ultra Wide cameras

Wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture

Ultra Wide: 10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and 125° field of view

2x optical zoom out

Digital zoom up to 5x

Five‑element lens (Wide and Ultra Wide)

Brighter True Tone flash

Panorama (up to 63MP)

Sapphire crystal lens cover

Auto-focus with Focus Pixels (Wide)

Smart HDR 4

Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos

Lens correction (Ultra Wide)

Advanced red-eye correction

Photo geotagging

Auto image stabilization

Burst mode

Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Front-facing camera

12MP Ultra Wide camera, 122° field of view

ƒ/2.4 aperture

Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)

Animoji and Memoji

Smart HDR 4

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps

Time‑lapse video with stabilization

Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps

Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)

Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos

Lens correction

Retina Flash

Auto image stabilization

Burst mode

Video recording

4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (Wide)

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps

720p HD video recording at 30 fps

ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)

2x optical zoom out

Audio zoom

Brighter True Tone flash

Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps

Time‑lapse video with stabilization

Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps

Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)

Continuous autofocus video

Playback zoom

Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

Stereo recording

Size & weight

Unique to sixth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro:

Length: 11.04 inches (280.6 mm)

Width: 8.46 inches (214.9 mm)

Depth: .25 inch (6.4 mm)

Weight: Wi-Fi-only model: 1.5 pounds (682 grams), Wi-Fi & Cellular model: 1.51 pounds (685 grams)

Unique to fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro:

Length: 9.74 inches (247.6 mm)

Width: 7.02 inches (178.5 mm)

Depth: .23 inch (5.9 mm)

Weight: Wi-Fi-only model: 1.03 pounds (466 grams), Wi-Fi & Cellular model: 1.04 pounds (470 grams)

Battery

Unique to sixth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro:

Built-in 40.88-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Unique to fourth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro:

Built-in 28.65-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Both models:

Wi-Fi-only model: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video, Wi-Fi & Cellular model: Up to 9-hours of surfing the web

Charging via power adapter or USB-C to computer system

Charging and expansion

Thunderbolt / USB 4 port with support for:

Charging

DisplayPort

Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)

USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)

USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Sensors

Face ID

LiDAR Scanner

Three-axis gyro

Accelerometer

Barometer

Ambient light sensor

Speakers

Four speaker audio

Microphone

Five studio-quality microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording

Cellular & Wireless

All models:

Wi‑Fi 6E (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO, simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 5.3 technology

Wi-Fi & Cellular models:

5G (sub‑6 GHz and mmWave) with 4×4 MIMO

Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA

Models A2435 and A2764:

5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n14, n20, n25, n26, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n70, n71, n77, n78, n79)

5G NR mmWave (Bands n258, n260, n261)

FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)

TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)

UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

Data only Wi-Fi calling

eSIM

Location

All models:

Digital compass

Wi-Fi

iBeacon microlocation

Wi-Fi & Cellular models:

GPS/GNSS

Cellular

Conclusion

So there you have it; the M2 chip upgrade is by and far the most important change in this year’s iPad Pro, however if you’re currently using the M1-equipped iPad Pro, then we’d say you’ll probably fare just fine for another couple of generations.

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