iPad Pro Overview Updated April 1, 2021

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The iPad Pro is Apple’s professional tablet choice. This iPad promises to fill any professional user 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 2015 with a giant 12.9-inch screen. Later in March of 2016, Apple announced a smaller version, with a 9.7-inch display. Apple also introduced the first-generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard with the first-gen iPad Pro

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.

As of April 2021, the first-generation iPad Pro runs Apple’s latest software, iPadOS 14.

The second-generation arrived in June of 2017, 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 2018, 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 an 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 March of 2020, Apple introduced the fourth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the second-generation 11-inch model. These iPads were the first product to feature a redesigned camera module and the LiDAR Scanner, which would only be available on the iPhone 12 Pro later in that year. There’s a lot of rumors about the 2021 iPad Pro with micro-LED technology display a Thunderbolt port, but Apple still has yet to announce it.

iPad Pro Specs and Accessories

Apple sells today the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) and the 11-inch model (2nd generation). Both versions feature a Liquid Retina display with ProMotion technology, with an antireflective coating, and True Tone. These iPads feature the A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine and up to 1TB of storage.

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.

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

The fourth-generation Pro model was introduced with the brand new Magic Keyboard, featuring a trackpad, backlighted keys, a hinge to adjust the viewing angle, and a USB-C port for pass-through charging. This model also uses the second-generation Apple Pencil, which charges attached to the iPad.

Pricing

iPad Pro (2020) pricing starts at $799 for the 11-inch model, with 128GB storage option, and Wi-Fi only. The prices can go up to $1,649 with the 12.9-inch model, 1TB storage option, and Wi-Fi + Cellular. Here are the full prices of the second-generation 11-inch model and the fourth-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
  • Magic Keyboard (11-inch): $299
  • Apple Pencil (2nd gen): $129

12.9-inch iPad Pro and accessories:

  • 128GB with Wi-Fi: $999
  • 128GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,149
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi: $1,099
  • 256GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,249
  • 512GB with Wi-Fi: $1,299
  • 512GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,449
  • 1TB with Wi-Fi: $1,499
  • 1TB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $1,649
  • 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.

iPad Pro Review

In our video review of the fourth-generation iPad Pro, we say this is the perfect model to upgrade if you have an iPad older than the third-generation Pro model:

The biggest news surrounding this new iPad isn’t the hardware itself, but it’s the arrival of the brand new and long-rumored keyboard accessory, the Magic Keyboard..

If you already own the 2018 version of this iPad, then there’s really no pressing reason to upgrade to the latest-generation model. However, if you’re coming from an older model, it might make sense to go with the 2020 Pro version over a used or clearance 2018 one.

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.

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iPad Pro Stories April 16

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iPad Pro Stories April 15

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iPad Pro Stories April 13

Apple today officially confirmed its long-anticipated spring 2021 event. This year, Apple is holding a virtual event on April 20, and it’s teasing it with the tagline “Spring Loaded.” The event could include a new iPad Pro, AirTags, and more.

Read on as we round up everything that Apple could announce during its April 20 special event.

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Apple has announced the first Apple event of the year for April 20, and it will be completely virtual. At this event, Apple is likely to announce new iPad Pro models, AirTags, and more. The event will be streamed live from Apple Park starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

The news of this event was first revealed via Siri this morning.

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iPad Pro Stories April 11

Rumors have been suggesting that Apple will introduce new iPad Pro models sometime in the first half of this year, and Bloomberg has already said that these models should arrive in April. While we’re still waiting for some news, Bloomberg today reported that the new 2021 iPad Pro is indeed coming later this month, despite supply constraints with the Mini-LED displays.

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