Specs: Display: 11-inch Retina or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display | Processor: Apple Silicon M1 | Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB | Biometrics: Face ID | Colors: Silver, space gray | Cameras: 12MP rear, 10MP ultra wide, 4K video. 12MP FaceTime ultra wide camera | Weight: 11-inch: 1.03 pounds 12.9-inch: 1.5 pounds | Dimensions: 11-inch: 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 inches, 12.9-inches: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25-inches| Connections: Thunderbolt/USB 4 port | Battery life: 10 hours
Apple's 2021 iPad Pro lineup, unveiled in March, is by far the most capable and impressive iPad lineup we've seen. But a side effect of its capabilities is that it's also the most expensive tablet, by a long shot. The iPad Pro's design follows the flat-edge design that Apple's adopting across its product lineup. And on the inside, you'll find Apple's M1 processor. Yes, that's the same exact processor that Apple is currently using in many of its Mac computers.
I've been using the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro since it launched and found it to be faster and more capable than any other iPad model we've tested to date. Another highlight of the larger iPad Pro is its Mini LED display that Apple calls Liquid Retina XDR, which is brighter and offers more color contrast.
The Thunderbolt 4 port enables faster syncing between the iPad and external storage devices, as well as more reliable connections to external monitors (hopefully in the future that means true external monitor support).
The Pro also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, with a magnetic spot on the side to charge it. The Smart Connector is on the back of the iPad Pro, giving you the option to use it with the Bluetooth Magic Keyboard that includes backlit keys and trackpad, or Apple's Smart Keyboard.
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi model and $999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
- Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity available
- Excellent display
- Great battery life
- 4K video capable
- Only one connection port