Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Full Specs, Price and Alternative Devices

Among Apple’s iPad triplets dropped last year, the iPad Pro 12.9″ model just happens to be the best among them – even if it’s for no other reason than the display but at the same time, some might complain about the size.

The iPad Pro 10.5″ model falls in the middle and was released along with the 12.9″ model. But the iPad Pro 9.7″ model is the least of them and it came earlier as well.

The 2017’s iPad Pro 12.9″ model is also known as iPad Pro 12.9″ 2nd generation. The one released in 2015 was the 1st generation. Quickly, let’s have a look at the 1st generation’s specs.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ (2015) Basic Features

Network 3G | 4G
Display 12.9″ LED-backlit IPS LCD with capacitive touchscreen
2048 x 2732 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~264 ppi density)
Software iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 11.2
Processor Chip set — Apple A9X
CPU — Dual-core 2.26 GHz (Twister)
GPU — PowerVR Series 7 (12-core graphics)
Memory 4GB RAM | 32/128/256 ROM | No sdCard
Camera Front — 1.2 MP 720p@30fps,
Rear — 8 MP (f/2.4, 31mm, 1.12 µm)
Battery Non removable Li-ion, 10307mAh
Released Nov. 2015
Price

That was a good one. It was absolutely amazing. Now that there’s a 2nd generation, it’s surely an upgrade. So, let’s see what we’ve got.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ (2017) Full Specs

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Launch

Announced June 2017
Status Available.
Released: June 2017

General

Navigation Touchscreen
Battery 10891mAh Li-Ion, non removable.
Colours Space Gray, Gold, Silver

Display

Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 2732 x 2048 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~265 ppi density)
Size 12.9 inches (~77.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi touch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Platform

Os iOS 10.3.2, upgradable to iOS 11.2
Chipset Apple A10X Fusion
CPU
GPU

Storage

RAM 4GB
ROM 64/256/512GB
SdCard No

Camera

Primary (rear) 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/3″), phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED dual-tone flash
Secondary (front) 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm), 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps,, face detection, HDR, panorama
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps

Media

Loudspeaker Yes, 4 stereo speakers
Headphones 3.5mm jack
Wireless connection
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Photo/Video Viewer and Editor
Sound Recorder Yes
Alert Types Vibration, WAV ringtones, MP3 ringtones

Comms & Networks

WiFi Yes, 802.11
Dual-Band Yes
Hotspot Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2
Infrared No
NFC Yes
USB 3.0, proprietary reversible connector; magnetic connector
FM radio No
Sim slots 1
Sim Type Nano or Electronic SIM card (Apple e-SIM)
GSM/CDMA
3G Yes
4G Yes

Sensors & Controls

Compass Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Fingerprint Yes (Front mounted)
Temperature sensor No
Voice Commands Siri Natural Language and Dictation
Barometer Yes
Stylus Yes
Iris Scanner No
Heart Rate No
Wireless charge No
Fast Charge Yes
SpO2 No

Miscellaneous

Water Resistance
Messaging iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML 5 (Safari)
iCloud service
Body Front glass, aluminum body
Weight 677 g (Wi-Fi) / 692 g (LTE)
Dimensions 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm (12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 in)
Price £850 – £950

Great device, although not in any way reduced in size, there is a significant loss in the weight when compared to the 1st generation which weighs 713g for the WiFi model and 723g for the cellular model.

Alternative Device

There’s not much alternatives. But of course you have the choice to go for either of its other brothers, the iPad Pro 9.7″ or the iPad Pro 10.5″. Alternatively, you can go for the first generation, and while that doesn’t seem like a good idea, if you feel like switching OS, the Samsung Galaxy Tab s3 9.7″ is close. The iPad Air also makes it to the list.

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