10.5-inch iPad Pro vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017): What’s The Difference?

Finally we have an all new iPad Pro range. This week announced upgrades for both a (2016) 9.7-inch iPad Pro and (2015) 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Both have perceived estimable upgrades, though it is a former that is approaching to get some-more attention.

Why? Let’s mangle down a differences between them…


The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Design – Bigger But Smaller

The many apparent starting indicate is size. Following 2017’s smartphone trend, Apple has done both a new iPad Pros some-more compact. The stage stealer is a lengthened 10.5-inch iPad Pro that fits into substantially a same footprint as a 9.7-inch predecessor, notwithstanding a 20% boost in arrangement size:

  • iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) – 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm (9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 inches) and 469 / 477g (1.034 / 1.05lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) – 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm (12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 inches) and 677 / 692g (1.49 / 1.53 lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad Pro 9.7 (2016): 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches) and 444 / 437g (0.98 / 0.96lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2015): 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm (12 x 8.86 x 0.27 inches) and 713 / 729g (1.57 / 1.59lbs) for cellular/non-cellular

This isn’t a mutation on customary with Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Essential phone or what will come with a redesigned iPhone 8, though it is welcome.


The new iPad Pros are somewhat some-more compress than a prior generation

Also acquire is a iPad Pro 10.5 now shares a same quad array speakers as a incomparable iPad Pro 12.9 while maintaining a informed durable aluminium framework and there is a headphone jack (I know!). Lightning is still a connector of choice (no switch to USB Type-C) though that was always approaching to be a case.

Displays – Sharper, Brighter, Smarter

Later this year a iPhone 8 is approaching to pierce from LCD to OLED. The new iPad Pros haven’t done a same move, though they have upped a bar for what we can pattern from LCD.


The new iPad Pro operation should offer forlorn colour accuracy

Key to this is both models support a aloft 120Hz modernise rate – double that of customary LCDs. It’s energetic too, so it cranks adult for things like movies, gaming and web browsing though reduces to save battery life for some-more immobile practice like observation photos and essay emails.

On tip of this is a 600 nits rise liughtness (that’s good!) and support for a P3 far-reaching colour progression and ‘True Tone’ record that means a models broach category heading colour accuracy.

Apple also says a tradition anti-reflective cloaking has usually “1.8% reflectivity” – or, in English: it should be good to use outdoor and underneath splendid lights. One good reward for a iPad Pro 10.5 is that a distance boost means it can also support a full sized keyboard like a iPad Pro 12.9.

Here are a tender specs:

  • iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) – 10.5‑inch 120Hz LED‑backlit far-reaching color, True Tone Multi‑Touch display, 2224 x 1668 fortitude (264 ppi), oleophobic and anti-reflective coating
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2017): 12.9‑inch 120Hz LED‑backlit far-reaching color, True Tone Multi‑Touch display, 2732 x 2048 (264 ppi), oleophobic and anti-reflective coating

One disappointment: 3D Touch is left out again. Some won’t care, though given a intensity as a capability tool, we can usually assume Apple is struggling to scale a record to a incomparable display. As 3D Touch launched behind in 2015 with a iPhone 6S, this is a concern.

Performance – New Speed Champs

Apple stays heedful about a specifications of a iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 (we don’t even know a RAM, let alone time speeds), though it was penetrating to highlight no iOS device has ever been faster.


Both new iPad Pros have adequate energy to do formidable pattern and play slicing corner games

Apple claims a Apple A10X Fusion chip inside a new models delivers 30% faster CPU and 40% faster GPU than a prior generation. Though Apple didn’t mention that indication this alleviation was in propinquity to, as a 2015 iPad Pro 12.9 had a faster time speed and twice a RAM of a 2016 iPad Pro 9.7.

Either way, they should be some-more than quick adequate and will substantially still keep gait with a Apple A11 chip approaching in a iPhone 8.

Cameras – Thank You iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 does not have a best smartphone camera on a market, though it is a outrageous jump forward of ageing 2013 iPhone 5S sensor used in a strange iPad Pros.


The new iPad Pros use iPhone 7 optics that is a vital upgrade

This means a back camera stairs adult from 8MP and a squalid f/2.4 orifice to 12MP and f/1.8, and visual picture stabilisation and True Tone flash. This brings most softened low light performance, 4K video recording and delayed suit for 1080p video during 120fps and 720p during 240fps.

Similarly a front confronting FaceTime camera jumps to 7MP and an f/2.2 orifice (which is ideally good for selfies). iPads might not be a ideal device for holding photos, though a new iPad Pros will be good during it.

Tech specs:

  • iPad Pro 10.5, iPad Pro 12.9 (2017): rear: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 4K video, OIS. Front: 7MP, f2.2 aperture, 4K video, no OIS

Battery Life – Perfect 10 Yet Again

Much like a performance, Apple hasn’t damaged down what battery ability is inside a new iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 though it has suggested battery life will again lay during approximately 10 hours like each iPad ever.


Depending on usage, both new iPad Pros should yield adult to 10 hours of battery life

Some alleviation would be acquire – browsing on mobile sees it dump to 9 hours nonetheless again – though a fact is this staying energy will be plenty for a immeasurable infancy of users. Again quick charging and something flashier like wireless charging are blank (both are expected in a iPhone 8), though we are doubtful to need to assign these iPads mostly in any case.

Capacity And Price – Greater And More Expensive

The good news is Apple has once again increasing storage capacities with a new iPad Pro range, a bad news is in several cases you’ll have to compensate significantly some-more for it.

As such 32GB, 128GB and 256GB options are transposed by 64GB, 256GB and a vast 512GB tip tier. The knock-on outcome is a 64GB and 256GB iPad Pro 10.5 is $50 some-more costly than a iPad Pro 9.7 during 64GB and 128GB capacities in both WiFi-only and mobile and $150 some-more during 512GB. While a new iPad Pro 12.9 is equally labelled during entrance (64GB) and midrange (256GB), though $100 some-more during 512GB.

Here’s a full mangle down for a ranges:


iPad Pro pricing has increasing in several tiers, though so has a storage capacity

My ubiquitous recommendation is users should save their income and fasten to their smartphones instead of profitable additional for mobile that also requires a second conduit contract, though this depends wholly on your particular circumstances.

Early Verdict

Considering a wait, a pattern changes to a new iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 are maybe not as sparkling as could have been expected. Especially with so most speak of a iPhones arriving overhaul.


The new iPad Pros are an expansion not a revolution, though a upgrades are smart

That pronounced Apple has done essential upgrades – quite to a iPad Pro 10.5 that is now vast adequate to be a correct capability device but pier on a pounds. The displays will Wow, a opening should be adequate for even a heaviest energy users and a cameras broach a thespian alleviation on their predecessors.

Combined with a poignant changes for iPads in iOS 11, a new iPad Pros once again demeanour set to lift a benchmark for tablets opposite a industry.


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