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iPad Pro 10.5" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

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The Apple iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) was released in June 2017 and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) was released in May 2021. The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) was the final smaller-sized iPad Pro before Apple settled with the 11” display size, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) serves as the 5th generation in the 12.9” iPad Pro lineup.

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iPad Pro 10.5" prices start at $154, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 low price of $566.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) key features include a 10.5-inch Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion, an Apple A10X Fusion chip, up to 512GB of storage, a front-facing 7MP FaceTime HD camera, and a rear-facing 12MP wide-angle camera. The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) features also include a Lightning connector, four-speaker audio, two microphones, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Touch ID in the home button, and support for the 1st generation Apple Pencil. The WiFi + Cellular model supports 4G LTE. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) key features include a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with True Tone and ProMotion, an Apple M1 chip, up to 2TB of storage, a front-facing ultra-wide-angle 12MP TrueDepth camera system with Center Stage, and a rear-facing camera array with a 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide lens. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features also include USB-C (with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4), four-speaker audio, five studio-quality microphones, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, and Face ID. The accessory support includes the Apple Magic Keyboard, Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, and the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. The WiFi + Cellular model supports 5G.

Size

Size iPad Pro 10.5" iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Width 215 mm 8.5 inches
Height 281 mm 11.1 inches
Depth 6 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 682 g 24.1 ounces

The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) measurements are as follows: 9.8” (H) x 6.8” (W) x 0.24” (D), and the measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) are as follows: 11.04” (H) x 8.46” (W) x 0.25” (D). The WiFi-only iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) weighs in at 1.03 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs in at 1.05 pounds. And in comparison, the WiFi-only iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) weighs in at 1.5 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs in at 1.51 pounds. The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) has a 10.5-inch display size and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) has a 12.9-inch display size.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 10.5" iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) has a 12MP wide-angle rear-facing camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features a 12MP wide-angle and 10MP ultra-wide-angle rear-facing cameras and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle TrueDepth front-facing camera with Portrait Mode, Portrait Lightning, and Center Stage.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 10.5" iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Resolution 2048x2732
Screen Size 328 mm 12.9 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) has a 10.5-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2224 x 1668, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) has a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048. Shared features include wide color (P3), an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, True Tone, and ProMotion technology. Additionally, these displays are both fully laminated and have an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) display also supports an XDR max brightness of 1000 nits and an HDR max brightness of 1600 nits.

Battery

Battery iPad Pro 10.5" iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Capacity mAh 10702 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB USB-C

The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) is powered by a 30.4-watt-hour battery and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is powered by a 40.88-watt-hour battery. The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) charges via the Lightning connector, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) charges via USB-C, and both models can provide up to 10 hours of battery life when using WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when using cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 10.5" iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
CPU Apple M1 APL1102

Color Choices

iPad Pro 10.5"

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Rose Gold
  • Silver

Which iPad Pro 10.5" color should you buy?

iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 is the most popular?

iPad Pro 10.5" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Colors

Both the iPad Pro 10.5" and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share two colors: Silver and Gray. However, the iPad Pro 10.5" does away with Rose Gold and Gold, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021.
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The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) color options include Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) color options include Space Gray and Silver. The Space Gray iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) features a black bezel on the front and the Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models feature a white bezel on the front. Both the Space Gray and Silver iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) feature a black bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Pro 10.5"

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPad Pro 10.5" storage should I buy?

iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

Choose from 5 storage options:

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

Which storage iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 is the most popular?

iPad Pro 10.5" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Storage

The iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 introduces three new storage options not found on the iPad Pro 10.5": 128GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Both the iPad Pro 10.5" and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share two storage options: 256GB and 512GB. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the iPad Pro 10.5".
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The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) are available with 256GB or 512GB of storage. The iPad Pro 10.5” (2017) is also available with 64GB of storage space and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is also available with 128GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage space.

Reviews

iPad Pro 10.5"

29 reviews 5.0 stars

iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

44 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Pro 10.5" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Reviews

The iPad Pro 10.5" scores higher with users earning 5.0 of 5.0 stars compared to the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 with 4.9 stars.

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