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Apple iPad Pro (2021) release date, price, features and news

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Apple iPad Pro (2021) release date, price, features and news
The exciting new M1-powered 2021 iPad Pro was made official on April 20. If you're interested in learning about it and purchasing it, you're in the right place! Here's everything you may want to know about Apple's newest and most powerful tablet to date.

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Apple iPad Pro (2021) release date

  • May 21, 2021

Initially, several reputable sources had claimed that the 2021 iPad Pro might come out "as early as April", which held true. Apple hasn't been as consistent with its iPad Pro release dates as it is with iPhones, but the predictions were correct and the 2021 iPad Pro was announced on April 20, 2021.

Pre-orders for the new M1 iPad Pro began on April 30, while shipping started on May 21, 2021. Please refer to iPad Pro 2021 price, preorder, best deals if you need help choosing where to buy the iPad Pro (2021) from. Alternatively, you can get it from those retailers:



Apple iPad Pro (2021) price


The new M1-powered iPad Pro comes in two sizes and the base price for each one is as follows:

  • The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $999 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 (Wi-Fi) and $1,299 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

The 2021 iPad Pro's storage options start at 128GB and include 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. As usual, there is no expandable storage via microSD.

Apple iPad Pro (2021) design and display



The 2021 iPad Pro is virtually unchanged from its predecessor in terms of design, but it comes in a new color – white, alongside a black option. It features the same modern build with minimal symmetrical black bezels surrounding the display. It once again also comes with quad speakers, two on each side, a USB Type-C port (now supporting Thunderbolt), keyboard and Apple Pencil connectors, visually the same camera module with improved dual cameras, and the same LiDAR sensor.

While the 11-inch 2021 iPad Pro still uses the same Liquid Retina display technology as last year, the new 2021 iPad Pro 12.9-inch sports an XDR Liquid Retina display that uses mini-LED technology. This new technology improves the display's contrast ratio and brightness, plus reproduces deeper blacks, making it a close competitor to OLED. It's a significant display upgrade over any previous iPad models. Both iPad Pro models (the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch) feature a super-smooth 120Hz screen refresh rate like their predecessors.


As the iPad Pro's size didn't change from last year, it's compatible with both newer and some prior iPad Pro cases and accessories, most notably the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. The 2021 iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil 2 and has a magnetic docking spot for it just like last year's iPad Pro and the iPad Air 4.

Apple iPad Pro (2021) camera



The 2021 iPad Pro's rear camera module now holds a 16MP ultra-wide camera along with the expected main camera, LiDAR sensor and flash. The tablet's front camera has also been upgraded to 12MP and comes with a new software feature called Center Stage.

Center Stage improves on the user's video conferencing experience by focusing on them and keeping them in the middle of the frame even if they're moving around. This is made possible thanks to the FaceTime camera being wide enough to capture a large viewing area (122 degrees), thus it can still see and attempt to focus the user even if they've left the center of the frame.

Apple iPad Pro (2021) specifications


  • 11-inch 120Hz ProMotion LCD / 12.9-inch 120Hz Liquid Retina XDR (Mini-LED) display
  • Apple M1 chip
  • Starting at 8GB of RAM, up to 16GB of RAM
  • 12MP main camera, 10MP ultra-wide camera (125° FOV), LiDAR sensor, flash
  • 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera with Center Stage support
  • USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt
  • Stereo speakers (two on each side, four in total)
  • 5G connectivity (mmWave in the US)

Apple iPad Pro (2021) software


The 2021 iPad Pro models are coming with iPadOS 14 out the box, to later be updated to iPadOS 15, which features improved multitasking and an updated Safari web browser. Previously, iPadOS 14 introduced better home screen widgets to all iPads that support it, and a notable new feature called Scribble. If the user owns an Apple Pencil (2nd-gen, in the case of the iPad Pro), Scribble lets them handwrite into any text field with the Pencil itself, instead of having to rely on the on-screen keyboard. Thus, iPad users can now use their Apple Pencil for almost anything they may wish to do on the iPad.

With iPadOS 14 also came new security features, with the most notable ones surrounding the Safari internet browser for iPad. Safari can now inform the user of weak passwords, while the App Store now shows privacy information to the user, such as what permissions an app requires, before downloading it. Small interface changes were also made to built-in apps such as Files, better adopting the use of sidebar menus for better navigation on the large screen, thus making the iPad feel more like a computer, instead of just a larger iPhone.

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2021) detailed specifications


Display
Size
11.0 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
Refresh rate
120Hz
Screen-to-body
85.43 %
Peak brightness
600 cd/m2 (nit)
Features
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple M1 (5 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 3100 MHz
GPU
Apple 8-core GPU
RAM
8GB
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
OS
iPadOS (14.x)
Battery
Capacity
7540 mAh
Camera
Rear
Triple camera
Main camera
12 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8
Second camera
10 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.4
Third camera
ToF 3D depth sensing (Depth information)
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Features
Time-lapse video
Front
12 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
Design
Dimensions
9.75 x 7.03 x 0.23 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm)
Weight
16.44 oz (466.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum; Frame: Aluminum
Biometrics
3D Face unlock
See the full Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2021) specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) detailed specifications


Display
Size
12.9 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
Refresh rate
120Hz
Screen-to-body
85.43 %
Peak brightness
1600 cd/m2 (nit)
Features
HDR support, Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple M1 (5 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 3100 MHz
GPU
Apple 8-core GPU
RAM
8GB
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
OS
iPadOS (14.x)
Battery
Capacity
10758 mAh
Camera
Rear
Triple camera
Main camera
12 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8
Second camera
10 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.4
Third camera
ToF 3D depth sensing (Depth information)
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Features
Time-lapse video
Front
12 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
Design
Dimensions
11.05 x 8.46 x 0.25 inches (280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4 mm)
Weight
24.06 oz (682.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum; Frame: Aluminum
Biometrics
3D Face unlock
See the full Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


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