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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018

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Apple released the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) in March 2016 and released the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) in November 2018. The 2016 iPad Pro 9.7” represents the first smaller-sized iPad Pro, and the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9” represents the 3rd generation model in the 12.9” iPad Pro family. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) is more advanced than the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) with specs that include a 12.9” Liquid Retina display with ProMotion technology, an Apple A12X Bionic chip, up to 1TB of storage, USB-C, and Face ID. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) also has better accessory support, including the 2nd gen Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard.

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iPad Pro 9.7"

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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 Pricing

iPad Pro 9.7" prices start at $81, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 low price of $392.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) features a 9.7-inch Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A9X chip, up to 256GB of storage, a Lightning connector, two microphones, Bluetooth 4.2, Touch ID in the home button, and a 5MP FaceTime HD front camera. The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) accessory support includes the Apple Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil (1st gen). And to compare, the key specs for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) include a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion technology, an Apple A12X Fusion chip, up to 1TB of storage, USB-C, five microphones, Bluetooth 5.0, Face ID, and a 7MP TrueDepth front camera system. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) accessory support includes the Apple Magic Keyboard, the Smart Keyboard Folio, and the Apple Pencil (2nd gen). The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) also feature WiFi 802.11ac, four-speaker audio, and a 12MP wide-angle rear camera.

Size

Size iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018
Width 215 mm 8.5 inches
Height 281 mm 11.1 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 631 g 22.3 ounces

Measurements for the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) are as follows: 9.4” (H) x 6.6 “ (W) x 0.24” (D), and the measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) are as follows: 11.04” (H) x 8.46” (W) x 0.23” (D). The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) has a 9.7-inch display size and the WiFi-only model weighs 0.96 pounds. The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) with WiFi + Cellular weighs 0.98 pounds. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) has a 12.9-inch display size and the WiFi-only model weighs 1.39 pounds. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) with WiFi + Cellular weighs 1.4 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) have a rear-facing 12MP wide-angle camera. On the front, the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) features a 5MP FaceTime HD camera and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) features a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018
Resolution 2048x2732
Screen Size 328 mm 12.9 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) features a 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch and an SDR max brightness of 500 nits. In comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) features a 12.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch, an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, True Tone, and ProMotion technology. The displays on the 2016 iPad Pro 9.7” and the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9” are fully laminated and have an anti-reflective and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery

Battery iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018
Capacity mAh 9660 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB USB-C

A 27.5-watt-hour battery powers the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and charges via the Lightning connector. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) is powered by a 36.71-watt-hour battery and charges via USB-C. The batteries in the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) can provide up to 10 hours when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018
CPU Apple A12X Bionic APL1083 (T8027)

Color Choices

iPad Pro 9.7"

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Rose Gold
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 Colors

Both the iPad Pro 9.7" and iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 share two colors: Silver and Gray. However, the iPad Pro 9.7" does away with Rose Gold and Gold, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018.
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The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) is available in Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. The Space Gray model features a black bezel on the front, and the Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models feature a white bezel on the front. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) is available in Space Gray and Silver, both featuring a black bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Pro 9.7"

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

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iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB

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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 Storage

The iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 introduces three new storage options not found on the iPad Pro 9.7": 64GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Both the iPad Pro 9.7" and iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 share one storage option: 256GB. However, the iPad Pro 12.9" 3rd Gen 2018 does not have options for 32GB and 128GB, as seen on the iPad Pro 9.7".
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The storage options for the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) are as follows: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and the storage options for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2018) are as follows: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

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