The sixth-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which Apple sent me to review last week, is near identical to the fifth-gen iPad Pro in many key aspects. It has the same design, display, cameras, speakers, and battery. It's exactly the same size and weight. It even has a Nano-SIM slot, just like last year's iPad Pro, even though Apple has gone SIM-less on its new iPhone 14. It comes with the same storage options, ranging from 128GB all the way up to 2TB. It once again comes in the Space Gray and Silver colors. It supports the exact same accessories, and Apple hasn't launched any new ones, for now.
In most cases, that meant having a bunch of browser tabs and apps such as Apple Music, Facebook, and YouTube open, and flipping between them all the time. I never experienced a slowdown. Fooling around in GarageBand was a joy on the 12.9-inch display, and the app performed without a hitch.
2. The displays have rounded corners. When measured diagonally as a rectangle, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch screen is 12.9 inches, the iPad Pro 11-inch screen is 11 inches, the iPad Air and iPad (10th generation) screens are 10.86 inches, and the iPad mini screen is 8.3 inches. Actual viewable area is less.
3. Data plan required. 5G and LTE are available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds are based on theoretical throughput and vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on 5G and LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/ipad/cellular.
The screen is massive and the picture quality is excellent, but it's not an upgrade from last year's model. And if you opt for the 11-inch over the 12.9-inch Pro, you'll notice the picture isn't as good. The 11-inch model doesn't have a "Liquid Retina XDR" display, which is just a fancy way of saying it uses mini LEDs that get super bright and colorful.
I noticed the screen was brighter on the 12.9-inch Pro than any iPad I've used before. While watching HBO's "House of the Dragon" on my TV at home, I often have to go into a dark room to see everything because the show is shot in dark locations and it's often hard to see if there's too much light reflecting on the screen. When I watched the show on the new iPad Pro, however, I noticed it was much easier to see the details on the screen, even when I was in a bright room.
Pick the 2022 iPad Pro if you want the extra power and better screen over other iPads. It's very fast, the screen display and speakers are excellent for kicking back and watching movies, and it's a great tablet for creatives who need added power for video or photo editing. It gets expensive at the high end. If you opt for the maximum storage space of 2TB and choose the 12.9-inch iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular, you're looking at a price tag of $2,400, and that doesn't even include the $129 Apple Pencil (2nd generation) or the $350 Magic Keyboard.
It's also worth noting that a new model will probably be out soon. The iPad Pro 2022 12.9 might arrive alongside the iPhone 14 - which itself we're expecting to see on September 7. Recent rumors have pointed instead to October, but either way, it's probably not far off.
Plus, there is another option you can buy right now, which addresses both of the above issues in part, and that's the iPad Pro 2021 11. This is slightly smaller and costs less than the 12.9-inch model, with a screen that measures just 11-inches across, but in terms of specs it's an identical tablet.
Not everyone wants the largest tablet around, and the 12.9-inch version of the 2021 iPad Pro is the definition of a big slate. If you want something with a smaller screen there are plenty of other options out there, both from Apple and other brands.
iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)There aren't that many differences between Apple's 2020 and 2021 iPad Pro models, outside of the newer tablet's M1 chipset, so if you don't need all that power the older device is a great alternativeCheck out our iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) review
There are two different iPad Pro models currently available. One has an 11-inch LED Liquid Retina display and a price starting at $799, while the other has a better 12.9-inch mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display and a price starting at $1,099.
When it comes to design, the iPad Pro is unchanged, available in 11- and 12.9-inch sizes with an all-screen design and an edge-to-edge display that does not include a Home button. Like the 2018, 2020, and 2021 iPad Pro models, the 2022 iPad Pro features a TrueDepth camera system with Face ID that uses facial recognition for biometric authentication and offers a 12-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and Center Stage during video calls.
The 12.9-inch model features a Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display, bringing extreme dynamic range to the iPad Pro. The Liquid Retina XDR uses more than 10,000 LEDs across the entire back of the display and can deliver up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio, and true-to-life HDR to enhance creative workflows for a "stunning" visual experience.
Pricing on the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099. Models with cellular connectivity are available for an additional $200 over the base price for each storage tier.
The Apple Pencil 2 that goes along with the iPad Pro is available for $129. The Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11-inch iPad Pro can be purchased for $179, while the Smart Keyboard Folio for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can be purchased for $199.
Apple says the new iPad Pro has up to 15% faster CPU performance and up to 35% faster GPU performance compared to the previous model with the M1 chip. Engadget's Nathan Ingraham said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the M2 chip was "far more responsive" in his initial testing than his 11-inch iPad Pro with the A12Z chip from 2020:
Mac Otakara shared Geekbench 5 results for the new iPad Pro that confirm about a 15-16% increase in multi-core performance over the previous model (8,516 score for 12.9-inch model with M2 chip vs. 7,326 for the 12.9-inch model with M1 chip):
The 2022 iPad Pro models received no major design refreshes and continue to look like the 2018, 2020, and 2021 iPad Pro models. The 11-inch iPad Pro measures in at 9.74 inches (247.6 mm) long and 7.02 inches (178.5 mm) wide, while the 12.9-inch model measures in at 11.04 inches (280.6 mm) long and 8.46 inches (214.9 mm) wide, meaning that it is over an inch wider and taller than the smaller model.
The 11-inch iPad Pro is 5.9 mm (0.23 inches) thick, while the 12.9-inch model is 6.4 mm (0.25 inches) thick. The 11-inch iPad Pro weighs in at 1.03 pounds (466 grams) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro weighs 1.5 pounds (682 grams), with the cellular versions of both models adding just a few grams to the weight. Apple offers the iPad Pro in either a Silver or Space Gray aluminum finish.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a mini-LED display that Apple calls the "Liquid Retina XDR display" with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch. The Liquid Retina XDR display brings extreme dynamic range to the iPad Pro, offering a "stunning visual experience" with more true-to-life details and HDR, and it is the same as the 2021 iPad Pro display.
The OLED iPad Pro models could be more expensive than existing iPads because of the cost of the OLED technology. Panels will be up to twice as expensive for Apple to source, and some of that cost could be passed along to consumers. Right now, rumors suggest the 11-inch iPad could be priced starting at $1,500, while the 12.9-inch model could be priced starting at $1,800. Current iPad Pro models are priced starting at $799 (11-inch) and $1,099 (12.9-inch) so that would make a significant price increase.
The new iPad Pro is too good for its operating system. An absolute hardware tour de force, this $1,099, 12.9-inch tablet is gorgeously built, with power to match the latest Apple laptops, the finest screen we've ever seen on a slate, and connectivity options that the latest MacBooks can't touch. But iPadOS can't take advantage of the new power under the hood, which means the $599-and-up iPad Air is still our Editors' Choice winner for Apple tablets.
There are two models of the new iPad Pro. The 11-inch model starts at $799, and the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,099. We're reviewing the larger model, which is the only one with the new XDR Mini LED display. They both come in gray or silver. The 12.9-inch model measures 11.04 by 8.46 by 0.25 inches (HWD), and its weight of just 1.5 pounds belies its speed and power.
The XDR display on the 12.9-inch (and only the 12.9-inch) iPad Pro is staggeringly good. Instead of a handful of backlights like on most LCDs, or self-illuminating pixels like on OLEDs, this screen has 10,000 tiny LED backlights divided into 2,500 "local dimming zones." It makes images look richer and more real than they do on my Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop or on less expensive iPads.
Apple says that both the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have 1.8% reflectivity, which is extremely low. Using the iPad Pro outside on a sunny day, of course I saw reflections in the display. But it's still very usable, and all I had to do was take it into the shade to banish reflections almost entirely.
The cellular model of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro packs Qualcomm's X55 modem that's in the iPhone 12 series. There are three regional models(Opens in a new window), all of which have every 4G LTE band and sub-6GHz 5G band used in the US, including the upcoming C-band. Model A2379, the version sold in the US, has an eSIM and millimeter-wave 5G. Model A2461 has an eSIM but no mmWave; that will likely be sold in Canada and in other countries without mmWave networks. Model A2462 has a physical SIM and no mmWave; that will probably be sold mostly in China.
A 12.9-inch tablet is unwieldy for photography, but the combination of good cameras, LiDAR, and a top-notch processor is terrific for large-scale augmented reality. Home-measuring apps like CamToPlan, which combine a picture of the world with virtual objects, work smoothly even in extremely cluttered rooms that have complex textures and limited floor space. 781b155fdc