Alongside the new 11-inch iPad Pro, Apple also unveiled the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. And, unlike that smaller variant, the larger tablet comes with an even more impressive new addition.

Namely, that comes in the display. Not that it’s just bigger, that’s not new. Rather, Apple went with a different display technology than Apple’s Liquid Retina display in the smaller variant. With the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro there’s a new Liquid Retina XDR display featuring mini-LEDs. Otherwise, the two iPad Pro models are the same, specs wise.

But, here’s how it all breaks down.

Technical specifications for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Finish

  • Silver
  • Space Gray

Built-in storage capacity

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB

Size and weight

  • 11.04 inches (280.6mm) x 8.46 inches (214.9mm) x 0.25 inches (6.4mm)
  • Wi-Fi models
    • 1.5 pounds (682 grams)
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular models
    • 1.51 pounds (685 grams)

In the box

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 20W USB-C Power Adapter
  • 1 meter USB-C cable

Display

  • 12.9-inch mini-LED backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2D backlighting system with 2596 full-array local dimming zones
  • 2732 x 2048 resolution
  • 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • ProMotion technology
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • True Tone display
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Antireflective coating
  • 1.8% reflectivity
  • 600 nits max brightness
  • 1000 nits max full-screen brightness
  • 1600 nits peak brightness for HDR
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Supports 2nd generation Apple Pencil

Chip

  • Apple M1 chip
  • 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
  • 8-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB of RAM: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models
  • 16GB of RAM: 1TB and 2TB models

Cameras

  • 12MP Wide with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12MP Ultra Wide with f/2.4 aperture and 125-degree FOV
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • Five-element lens (Wide and Ultra Wide)
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Smart HDR 3
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
  • Advanced red-eye correction
  • Photo geotagging
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Video recording

  • 4K video recording at 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, or 60fps (Wide)
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25fps, 30fps, or 60fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Audio zoom
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120fps or 240fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 30fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

TrueDepth camera

  • 12MP Ultra Wide with f/2.4 aperture and 122-degree FOV
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Mono)
  • Animoji and Memoji
  • Smart HDR 3
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25fps, 30fps, or 60fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 30fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction
  • Retina flash
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode

Video calling

  • Center Stage
  • FaceTime video
  • iPad to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

Audio calling

  • FaceTime audio
  • iPad to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

Speakers

  • Four speaker audio

Microphones

  • Five studio-quality microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording

Cellular and wireless

  • All models
    • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
    • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular models
    • Model A2301 and A2379: 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79)
    • 5G NR mmWave (Bands n260, n261)
    • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
    • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
    • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • eSIM
  • Data only
  • Wi-Fi calling

SIM card

  • eSIM
  • Nano-SIM

Location

  • All models
    • Wi-Fi
    • Digital compass
    • iBeacon microlocation
  • Wi-Fi and cellular models
    • Built-in GPS/GNSS
    • Cellular

Sensors

  • Face ID
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • LiDAR Scanner
  • Ambient light sensor

Face ID

  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
  • Unlock iPad
  • Make purchases
  • Secure personal data within apps

Apple Pay

  • Pay using Face ID
  • Send and receive money in iMessages

Siri

  • Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more
  • Use hands-free
  • Get proactive suggestions
  • Listen and identify songs

Charging and expansion

  • Thunderbolt / USB 4 port
    • DisplayPort
    • Charging
    • Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
    • USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
    • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)

Power and battery

  • Built-in 28.65-watt-hour rechargeable battery
  • All models
    • Up to 10 hours browsing Safari on Wi-Fi or watching video
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular models
    • Up to 9 hours browsing Safari on Wi-Fi or watching video

Operating system

  • iPadOS 14

Accessibility

  • VoiceOver
  • Magnifier
  • Closed Captions
  • Voice Control
  • Siri and Dictation
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Zoom
  • Speak Screen
  • Switch Control

Built-in apps

  • App Store
  • Books
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My
  • Files
  • Home
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Measure
  • Messages
  • Music
  • News
  • Notes
  • Photo Booth
  • Photos
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Settings
  • Shortcuts
  • Siri
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • TV
  • Voice Memos

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro offers a slight uptick in features compared to the smaller variant, but with a higher price tag. Are you opting for the larger model?