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Apple spent little to no time during yesterday’s keynote presentation. discussing charging its new iPad Pro. Following the press conference, the company has refreshed related product pages with new information and we’ve been able to glean some rather interesting insights on charging the iPad Pro.

For starters, the device will ship with Apple’s 12W USB Power Adapter and work with existing ‘Made for iPad’ chargers from third-parties. But what about charging times?

As per Apple’s Tech Specs webpage, the iPad Pro provides all-day battery life and is rated with a ten-hour run time, just like every single iPad model to date.

A stronger battery

As mentioned, the iPad Pro sports a built-in 38.5 WHr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and ships with Apple’s 12W USB Power Adapter included in the box.

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This is how the iPad Pro’s battery capacity stacks up against prior iPads:

  • Original iPad — 24.8 WHr battery
  • iPad 2 — 25 WHr battery
  • iPad with Retina display — 42.5 WHr battery
  • iPad 4 — 43 Whr battery
  • iPad Air — 32.4 WHr battery
  • iPad Air 2 — 27.3WHr battery
  • iPad mini — 16.3 WHr battery
  • iPad mini 2 — 24.3 WHr battery
  • iPad mini 3 — 23.8 WHr battery
  • iPad mini 4 — 19.1WHr battery

What remains a mystery is the charging time of the iPad Pro.

What about the charging time?

Though Apple’s website doesn’t mention how long it takes to charge the iPad Pro from zero to hundred percent, the included 12W USB Power Adapter should be able to replenish the battery in under five hours given Apple’s 12W adapter takes around the same time to recharge the iPad 4’s 43 WHr battery.

In addition to the included 12W power brick, you will be able to charge your iPad Pro using MFi-certified (‘Made for iPad’) chargers from third-party vendors that have been released from 2012 onward.

The Smart Connector

Now I want to talk a little bit more about the new Smart Connector which debuted on the iPad Pro. Positioned on the side, the Smart Connector was designed to magnetically secure the new Smart Keyboard and simultaneously provide data transfer and power to the keyboard.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Connector

Billed as “more than a connector,” the Smart Connector basically eliminates the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing.

As Apple rarely rolls out new technologies in a single product, it’s therefore perfectly reasonable to assume that the Smart Connector will most likely be making its way to other iPad models in the future.

Apple might also have other uses planned for it so maybe—and I’m just speculating—they will open up the Smart Connector to third-party accessory makers.

What we don’t know is whether the Smart Connector allows for charging of the iPad Pro’s internal battery. If so, external battery packs could take advantage of the Smart Connector to charge the device in landscape orientation as a second option, in addition to charging through the Lightning connector.

Signing off

Signing off, the iPad Pro is rated with the same ten-hour battery life as all prior models, despite a bevy of powerful new features such as a 12.9-inch display with fifty percent more pixels than Retina iPads.

Not only has Apple been able to reach that target by giving the iPad Pro a stronger battery, but much of the energy efficiency stems from its new power-friendly A9X chip.

Source: Apple

  • Interestingly enough first thing I thought of when I saw the smart connector ports was the Apple Watch. It too has a similar set of ports (6 instead of 3 spots), currently covered up. Have to wonder what may happen with those at some point?

  • vivalaivsca

    The smart connector is cool and everything. Since it allows communication with the keyboard w/o the need of bluetooth. But i feel as though it should replace the lightning port as well. why is the keyboard charged with the smart connector but the apple pencil have to be charged with the lighting port. That was not a very Appley move.

    • Brian S

      I got excited at first when watching the ipad pro presentation video, i thought the 3 dot smart connector was some type of magsafe charging port, don’t know why they haven’t done that with ipads or even iphones…

  • 5 hours to charge that XXXL iPod? The overpriced toy doesn’t even support quick charge…

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Oooh i missed ya man (and your comments)

  • Davinci

    Does this mean that my iPad 4 is the best in terms of battery life? I have always bragged to my friends that ipads are the best tablettes in terms of battery life and showed them through mine, but does this mean that the ipad 4 is the best even when compared to other models?? and what does Whr really mean??

  • WiseBlasian

    Lol @ iOS