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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020

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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) is the 1st generation model and was released in November 2015, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) is the 4th generation model and was released in March 2020. The 4th generation iPad Pro 12.9” features several key improvements, including a Liquid Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion, an Apple A12Z chip, USB-C, Face ID, up to 1TB of storage, and an improved front and rear camera system.

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 Pricing

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 prices start at $179, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 low price of $525.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) both feature a 12.9-inch display size, but the 2020 model is improved in almost every aspect. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) key specs include a 12.9” Liquid Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion technology, an Apple A12Z Bionic chip, up to 1TB of storage space, USB-C, five studio-quality microphones, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, a 7MP TrueDepth front camera, a 12MP wide-angle rear camera, and Face ID. To compare, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) key specs include a 12.9” Retina display, an Apple A9X chip, up to 256GB of storage, a Lightning connector, two microphones, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera, an 8MP wide-angle rear camera, and Touch ID in the home button. Both models feature four-speaker audio and 4G cellular connectivity on the WiFi + Cellular model. Accessory support for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) includes the 2nd gen Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard, and accessory support for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) includes the 1st gen Apple Pencil and the Apple Smart Keyboard.

Size

Size iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020
Width 215 mm 8.5 inches
Height 281 mm 11.1 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 641 g 22.6 ounces

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) feature a 12.9” display size, but the 2020 model is smaller and lighter than the 2015 model. Measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) are as follows: 12” (H) x 8.68” (W) x 0.27” (D), and the measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) are as follows: 11.04” (H) x 8.46” (W) x 0.23” (D). The WiFi-only iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) weighs 1.57 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.59 pounds. The WiFi-only iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) weighs 1.41 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.42 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) features a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front and an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back. In comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) features a 7MP TrueDepth camera on the front and a dual camera array on the back. The rear camera setup on the 2020 iPad Pro 12.9” includes a 12MP wide-angle and a 10MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020
Resolution 2048x2732
Screen Size 328 mm 12.9 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) feature a 12.9” display size with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch. These displays are fully laminated and contain an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The 2015 iPad Pro features a Retina display with an SDR max brightness of 400 nits and support for the full sRGB standard. The 2020 iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina display with an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, wide color (P3), True Tone, and ProMotion technology.

Battery

Battery iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020
Capacity mAh 9660 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB USB-C

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) is powered by a 38.5-watt-hour battery, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) is powered by a 36.71-watt-hour battery. The 12.9” 2015 iPad Pro charges via Lightning and the 12.9” 2020 iPad Pro charges via USB-C. Both battery capacities are able to provide up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020
CPU Apple A12Z Bionic

Color Choices

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 Colors

The iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 introduces one new color not found in the iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 color palette: Gray. Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 and iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 share one color: Silver. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 does away with Gold and Gray, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020.
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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) is available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold. The Space Gray model has a black bezel on the front, and the Silver and Gold models have a white bezel on the front. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) is available in Space Gray and Silver, both of which have a black bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

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iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 Storage

The iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 introduces two new storage options not found on the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015: 512GB and 1TB. Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 and iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 share two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 4th Gen 2020 does not have options for 32GB, as seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015.
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The storage options for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) include 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and the storage options for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2020) include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

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