Apple has once again launch its most powerful iPad Pro (2021) version featuring an all-screen design with a larger 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, triple rear camera (12 MP + 10 MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner), a 12 MP selfie camera with Face detection and more. This iPad is equipped with the new Apple M1 chip with Neural Engine and runs on Apple iPadOS 14.5.
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This fifth generation Apple iPad Pro has an Ultrafast 5G cellular network with 40.88 Wh non-removable battery that can offer up to 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with support for the new Magic Keyboard with trackpad and Apple Pencil.
iPad Pro 12.9 2021 Key Specs & Features
- 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED LCD display
- Octa-core Apple M1 chip
- Apple GPU (8-core graphics)
- iPadOS 14.5
- 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and TOF 3D LiDAR scanner
- 12 MP (ultrawide) front camera
- 16GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB Built-in Storage
- Face ID for secure authentication
- Four stereo speakers
- 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE cellular data
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- USB-C connector for charging and accessories
- Support for Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil
The iPad Pro 12.9 2021 sports a similar design to last year’s model. It maintains its aluminum chassis, with flat, rounded edges that wrap around the edge to edge display with minimal bezels around it.
The all-screen design host the large 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display with the selfie camera positioned inside the top bezel for face detection and authorization.
On the rear, the iPad Pro (2021) there is a triple camera setup, which includes a 12 MP 10 MP camera, and TOF 3D LiDAR scanner. There is also the Apple logo positioned at the rear, as well as a smart connector to connect the iPad to the Magic Keyboard which also servers as the cases.
Like its predecessor, the touch ID fingerprint sensor is embedded on the power button at the top and high and low volume button on the right side. Above all, this tablet also has a quad stereo speaker for immersive audio experience.
Apple iPad Pro (2021) display comes with 12.9 inches Liquid Retina XDR display for a stunning visual experience, with 2048 x 2732 resolution resulting in 265 ppi density. It also comes with a mini LED technology, P3 wide color support, True Tone, and an anti-reflective coating for an amazing visual experience.
This mini-LED enable Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR), which allows the tablet to offer a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, hence, you can dim the darker corners of an image while keeping the brighter sections especially bright, for overall accuracy and visual quality.
The Apple’s True Tone display technology monitors the ambient light in an environment and adjusts the colour temperature of the screen to make things easier on the eyes. The iPad also measures 85.4% screen-to-body ratio, leaving minimal room for bezels around the display.
This Apple tablet also has 1600 nits of peak brightness, a million to one contrast ratio and ProMotion technology which offers a 120Hz variable refresh rate. It also has support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision to help produce better image quality.
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) has triple rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary camera, a 10MP ultrawide camera, and TOF 3D LiDAR scanner.
These camera have 2x optical zoom out, 5x digital zoom and a brighter True Tone flash, as well as Smart HDR 3 for photos.
The LiDAR sensor (light detection and ranging) uses high power optical pulses in duration of nanoseconds to capture depth information (typically over short distances) from a scene of interest.
This helps with getting good depth information for portrait photography. This sensor also has 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensors use a single pulse of infra-red light to create their 3D maps, other 3D based tech.
Above all, the arrival of LiDAR on the iPhone Pro is going to massively increase the amount of apps that use this technology and that could be a game-changer for the iPhone camera.
On the front, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) come with a 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with ultra wide camera. It offers an f/2.4 aperture with 2x optical zoom out and a number of features including Centre Stage, portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji and extended dynamic range for video up to 30fps.
Just like the iPad Pro 11 (2021), The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) run on the 8-core Apple’s M1 chip, the world’s fastest CPU cores design in low-power silicon hence, delivering up to 50 percent faster CPU performance than A12Z Bionic.
This high-performance cores are designed to offer the best performance for power-intensive single-threaded tasks.
The M1 is also a system on a chip (SOC) with integrated graphics and onboard memory. The included GPU has 8 cores which delivers up to 40 percent faster GPU performance, with 128 total compute units and 2.6 teraflops.
This processor also has a separate 16-core neural engine, an advanced image signal processor (ISP), a unified, high-bandwidth memory architecture for machine learning tasks.
It also comes with up to 16GB of memory with 2x faster storage up to 2TB capacity, that makes the iPad Pro more capable than ever.
Above all, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) runs on the iPad iOS 14.5 which helps make navigating Apple’s ‘computer’ easier. It brings new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, such as its large Multi-Touch display, and versatile accessories. iPadOS 14.5 further integrates Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities, and new ways to work with handwritten notes.
This iOS also brings Scribble to iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly in any text field, making actions like replying to a quick iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy all without ever needing to put Apple Pencil away.
This iPad is compatible with the Magic Keyboard which offers a comfortable typing experience with backlit keys, an integrated trackpad, and its floating design.
It also support millimeter wave, the higher frequency version of 5G, which allow the tablet to reach speeds up to 4Gbps. There is also a dual band 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 technology for wireless connectivity.
Apple has also upgraded the iPad Pro’s single port. As well as USB-C with Thunderbolt and USB 4 support.
Above all, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) is equipped with a non-removable battery which can offer up to 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with a fast charging 18W adapter.
iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) Price and Availability
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) price starts at $1,099 and goes higher depending on your internal storage, RAM and cellular network.
iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) Specs
Here are a few specs of the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021):
- Platform: iPadOS 14.5
- Processor: Octa-core Apple M1
- GPU: Apple GPU (8-core graphics)
- Memory: 8GB or 16GB
- Colors: Silver, Space Gray
- Dimension: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm (11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 in)
- Weight: 682 g (Wi-Fi), 685 g (5G) (1.50 lb)
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM, eSIM
- SIM Count: –
- Display: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED LCD Display (120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 1600 nits (peak))
- Screen Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, Oleophobic coating
- Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~265 ppi density)
- Rear Camera: 12 MP (Wide) f/1.8 + 10 MP (Ultrawide) + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
- Rear Camera Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 12 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide), Face detection, HDR, Panorama
- Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: –
- Bluetooth: Yes, 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR
- NFC: –
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Yes, USB Type-C 4 (Thunderbolt 4), DisplayPort; magnetic connector
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers (4 speakers)
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner:
- Iris Scanner: Yes
- Face Unlock: Yes
- Stylus Pen: Yes
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes, Siri natural language commands and dictation
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, barometer
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: –
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: Li-Po (40.88 Wh), non-removable
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: Up to 10 hours
- Fast Charging: 18W Fast Charging Capacity