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iPad Pro is a premium professional sub-lineup of the
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iPad
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s by
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. It runs
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, an optimized derivation from the predecessor
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iOS
. The original
iPad Pro iPad Pro is a premium professional sub-lineup of the iPad iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., which run the iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems. The iPad (1st generation), first iPad ...
was introduced in September 2015 which was originally based in
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; the second generation, unveiled in June 2017, made uses of an upgraded A10X Fusion chip with an extended 10.5-inch screen display. The home button was eliminated following the third lineup (October 2018) for a full display at 11-inch, and it features an array sensor Face ID capable of performing unlocking at wide angles. The fourth-lineup, introduced in March 2020, included the A12Z chip with added compatibility to the Magic Keyboard. The current model fifth generation was announced in April 2021, incorporating a desktop-class SoC
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M1
M1
chip, marking the first model to not use an A-series processor.


History


First generation

The first generation of iPad Pro, occupying 12.9-inch resolutions, was announced on September 9, 2015 and released on November 11, 2015. It is larger than all previous
iPad iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., which run the iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems. The iPad (1st generation), first iPad was released on April 3, 2010; the most recent iPad models ar ...

iPad
models and the first iPad tablet to feature
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RAM. It originally shipped with iOS 9, having the 12.9-inch tablet being followed by the smaller 9.7-inch version, which was announced on March 21, 2016, and released on March 31 that same year.


Second generation

On June 5, 2017, the second generation iPad Pro was announced, which features processors, with storage options of 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. Upgraded displays include a 10.5-inch version to replace the 9.7-inch model, while the 12.9-inch version was refreshed. Both sizes employed 120 Hz refresh rates, better HDR and TrueTone white balancing. Following this announcement, both models of the first-generation iPad Pro were discontinued.


Third generation

The third generation of iPad Pro was announced on October 30, 2018, and was made available in two screen sizes: and . They feature full-screen displays, with the 11-inch model replacing the 10.5-inch model of the previous generation. They also feature up to 1 TB of storage and
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using a sensor array on the top bezel which, unlike iPhone models featuring Face ID, can unlock the iPad in any orientation. The home button was completely removed in favor of a larger display. Due to having an all-screen design, these devices are the first iPads to lack a physical button on the front. These are also the first iPad Pro models to come with
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USB-C
connector replacing Apple's
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connector. It launched with a Smart Keyboard Folio (sold separately), but also supports the Magic Keyboard with a
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trackpad
launched in mid 2020.


Fourth generation

The fourth generation of iPad Pro was announced on March 18, 2020, with the same screen sizes of the previous generation. It offers a redesigned camera module, an processor, 128 GB minimum storage, LiDAR Scanner (<5m distance), and support for the Magic Keyboard with a trackpad that is sold separately.


Fifth generation

The fifth generation of iPad Pro was announced on April 20, 2021, with the same design and screen sizes as the previous generation. It includes the
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chip, 5G connectivity,
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connectivity (up to 40 Gbit/s), external display output up to 6K resolution, 8 or 16 GB of RAM (16 GB is only available for 1 TB and 2 TB models), and, on the 12.9" variant, an XDR display with mini-LEDs marketed as "Liquid Retina XDR".


Accessories

There are three primary accessories made specifically for iPad Pro, all of which are sold separately: an active
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bluetooth
tracking
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,
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Apple Pencil
; an attachable keyboard, Smart Keyboard; and a form-fitted silicone case that is compatible with the Smart Keyboard. Additionally, with the inclusion of a
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USB-C
connector in the third-generation and newer iPad Pro, it is now possible to connect to other displays and devices, and to charge other devices with the iPad Pro.


Smart Keyboard and Smart Cover

Smart Keyboard docks with iPad Pro using the : a magnetic connection with three pins that provides data transfer and power. The keyboard doubles as a kickstand, and is comparable to that of the competing
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Pro. The design of the Smart Keyboard is similar to the design of the Smart Cover accessory.


Apple Pencil


First generation

The first-generation Apple Pencil is a precision
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exclusive to the iPad Pro,
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,
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,
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and
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. The accessory is rechargeable via the Lightning port on iPad itself on the pre USB-C models. iPad Pro introduces a new display with increased responsiveness and precision over previous iPad displays with Apple Pencil support added. During the
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keynote
, Apple demonstrated drawing, managing publication layout, and document annotation.


Second generation

On October 30, 2018, Apple announced an updated Pencil alongside the third generation iPad Pro. The second-generation Apple Pencil functions exclusively with the 2018 and later iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 4, and the iPad mini 6. It is similar in design and specifications to the first model, but without the detachable connector, and part of the stylus is flattened to inhibit rolling. It contains tap-sensitive zones on its sides that can be mapped to functions within apps. Custom
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is available when purchased via the Apple Store online.


USB-C accessories

Apple created various adapters to pair with the 2018 iPad Pro models, which are the first iPad models to come with USB-C connector replacing the proprietary Lightning connector. These adapters utilize the new USB-C connector, which allows the iPad to connect with
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HDMI
cables,
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USB
ports, and read SD cards. Using an HDMI cable, users can connect their iPad to another display, such as a computer, laptop, or television. The USB and SD card support allows user to transfer and save files to and from external memory storage devices. Third-party developers have taken advantage of the inclusion of USB-C connection in the third-generation iPad Pros to create other adapters, which can include several adapters in one connection. The USB-C port allows the iPad Pro to integrate with various USB-C accessories, ranging from USB-C docking stations, USB-C to USB-A generic adapter with a flash drive, ethernet, and so on. It can also charge other devices; for instance, you can plug in a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your phone or AirPods; you can even charge one iPad with another one with the included USB-C to USB-C cable. There are also USB-C to USB-A adapters, and a USB-C to HDMI adapter to view the iPad display on your television or monitor; wired keyboards and mice also work. This is not restricted to supported/approved devices.


Magic Keyboard

The Magic Keyboard features the first trackpad designed for an iPad, a hinge to adjust the viewing angle and includes a USB-C port for pass-through charging. The Magic Keyboard is supported by all iPad Pro devices introduced since 2018. Though initially expected to launch in May 2020, orders shipped starting in late April 2020. The Magic Keyboard was met with mixed reviews. While providing many features which users wanted, there were some downsides to it. The Magic Keyboard provided a proper typing experience and supplied a good trackpad bundled with excellent build quality. On the downside, the added weight to the iPad Pro for this functionality, a missing function key row and a steep price, made the Magic Keyboard an accessory only for a niche market. With the launch of 5th generation of iPad Pro on 20 April 2021, a white color has also been added to the Apple Store.


Reception


General reviews

Despite Apple advertising the tablets as PC replacements, most reviewers noted that it could not replace a laptop running the
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