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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) was released in November 2015 and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) was released in May 2021. The 2015 model represents the 1st generation of the 12.9” iPad Pro lineup, and the 2021 model represents the 5th generation. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features significant upgrades as compared to the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015), and the specs include a 12.9” Liquid Retina XDR display with True Tone and ProMotion, an Apple M1 chip, up to 2TB of storage, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front-facing camera with Center Stage.

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Pricing

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 prices start at $154, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 low price of $548.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) both feature a 12.9-inch display size, but the 2021 model is improved in almost every aspect. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) hardware specs include a 12.9” Liquid Retina XDR display with True Tone and ProMotion technology, an Apple M1 chip, up to 2TB of storage space, USB-C with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4, five studio-quality microphones, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle TrueDepth front camera, a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle and 10MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and Face ID. To compare, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) hardware 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. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) supports the 2nd gen Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) supports the 1st gen Apple Pencil and the Apple Smart Keyboard.

Size

Size iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 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 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) feature a 12.9” display size. The 2021 model is slightly smaller and lighter than the 2015 model. The 2015 iPad Pro 12.9” measures 12” (H) x 8.68” (W) x 0.27” (D). The WiFi-only iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) weighs 1.57 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.59 pounds. In comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) measures 11.04” (H) x 8.46” (W) x 0.25” (D). The WiFi-only iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) weighs 1.5 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.51 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) features an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. In comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features a dual camera array on the back with a 12MP wide-angle and a 10MP ultra-wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera on the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9” is a 12MP TrueDepth ultra-wide-angle camera with support for Center Stage.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 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 12.9” (2015) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) feature a 12.9” display size. This display supports a native resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch, and they 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. To compare, the 2021 iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display with an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, an XDR max brightness of 1000 nits, wide color (P3), True Tone, and ProMotion technology.

Battery

Battery iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Capacity mAh 10702 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB USB-C

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) is equipped with a 38.5-watt-hour battery, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is equipped with a 40.88-watt-hour battery. These battery capacities allow for up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular. The 12.9” 2015 iPad Pro charges via Lightning and the 12.9” 2021 iPad Pro charges via USB-C.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
CPU Apple M1 APL1102

Color Choices

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Colors

Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share two colors: Silver and Gray. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 does away with Gold, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021.
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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2015) is available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold. The Space Gray model features a black bezel on the front, and the Silver and Gold models feature a white bezel on the front. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is available in Space Gray and Silver.

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" 5th Gen 2021

Choose from 5 storage options:

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

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iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 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 12.9" 1st Gen 2015: 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 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) are as follows: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and the storage options for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) are as follows: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

Reviews

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015

16 reviews 4.5 stars

iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

44 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Reviews

Users rate the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st Gen 2015 with 4.5 stars, compared to the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 with 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

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