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iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021

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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) was released in June 2017 and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) was released in May 2021. The 2017 iPad Pro 12.9” is the 2nd generation model and the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9” is the 5th generation model in the 12.9” iPad Pro lineup.

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iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Pricing

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 prices start at $288, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 low price of $576.

Specs Comparison

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

Size

Size iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Width 221 mm 8.7 inches 215 mm 8.5 inches
Height 306 mm 12.0 inches 281 mm 11.1 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 6 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 692 g 24.4 ounces 682 g 24.1 ounces

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) both feature a 12.9-inch display size, but the 2021 model is smaller and lighter than the 2017 model. Measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) are 12” (H) x 8.68” (W) x 0.27” (D), and measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) are 11.04” (H) x 8.46” (W) x 0.25” (D). The 2017 WiFi-only model weighs 1.49 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.53 pounds. The 2021 WiFi-only model weighs 1.5 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.51 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Primary 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) features a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera and a 12MP wide-angle rear camera. In comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features 7MP TrueDepth (ultra-wide-angle) front camera with Center Stage and a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle and a 10MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Resolution 2048x2732 2048x2732
Screen Size 328 mm 12.9 in 328 mm 12.9 in
Pixels Per Inch 265 ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) features a 12.9” Retina display, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) features a 12.9” Liquid Retina XDR display. These two displays support a native resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch, an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, wide color (P3), True Tone, and ProMotion technology. Both displays are also fully laminated and have an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Along with the SDR max brightness of 600 nits, 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 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
Capacity 10870 mAh 10702 mAh
Longevity 10 hours 10 hours
USB Lightning USB-C

The battery capacities of the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) can provide up to 10 hours of battery life when using WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when using cellular. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) has a 41-watt-hour battery and charges via the Lightning connector, and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) has a 40.88-watt-hour battery and charges via USB-C.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021
CPU Apple A10X Fusion APL1071 / APL1W71 (T8011) Apple M1 APL1102

Color Choices

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

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" 2nd Gen 2017 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Colors

Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share two colors: Silver and Gray. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 does away with Gold, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021.
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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) is available in three different colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The Space Gray model has a black bezel on the front and the Silver and Gold have a white bezel on the front. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is available in two colors: Space Gray and Silver. Both of the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) color options have a black bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

Choose from 5 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

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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" 2nd Gen 2017 vs iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 Storage

The iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 introduces two new storage options not found on the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017: 1TB and 2TB. Both the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 and iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 share three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 5th Gen 2021 does not have options for 32GB and 64GB, as seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017.
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The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) is available in three storage configurations and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021) is available in five storage configurations. The 2017 and 2021 models are both available in 256GB and 512GB storage configurations. The third storage option for the 2017 model is 64GB, and the three other storage options for the 2021 model are 128GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

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