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Difference between iPad Pro and iPad

Should you need an iPad or you want to go Pro? Apple refreshed its iPad lineup last year with bigger and better iPad Pro, which is definitely bigger and faster than ever before. Apple managed to push the limits with its new mid-size iPads – the slick and fast iPad Pro and the solid and the budget-friendly iPad 9.7-inch. Apple ditched the “Air” name replacing its equally-worthy predecessor iPad Air 2 with the new iPad with a fewer bells and whistles. Apple’s iPads are the best-selling tablets in its segment for a reason – incredible value for your every penny and exceptional performance. Though every iPad is unique in its own way, they differ significantly from each other in every aspect, which makes choosing one that fits your needs a little bit tricky.

Difference between iPad Pro and iPad

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The new iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 are bigger and faster than ever, but they are worth your every single penny. The new 10.5 iPad Pro is a significant upgrade over its equally worthy predecessor, the 9.7 iPad Pro with the exception of screen size. The company managed to get rid of the bezels in the 12.9 iPad Pro, which looks brilliant in every way. The 12.9 iPad Pro is a behemoth, so don’t mind the extra size and weight. The new iPad Pro 12.9 takes the iPad Pro line to a whole new level. The 10.5 iPad Pro is bigger and better than its predecessor, plus the bezels are now 40 percent thinner which is great. Well, both the Pros are identical – both have A10X processors under the hood with slight design differences on the surface. All things considered, the new iPad Pro is a complete package.

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The new iPad 9.7 is probably the cheapest way to get your hands on an iPad with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from an Apple tablet. The new pocket-friendly iPad provides literally everything people love about iPad and more. It’s a significant upgrade and truly best-in-class at its most affordable price ever. It has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen with bright Retina HD display and 2048×1536 resolution for a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. It retains the screen size of the iPad Air line of tablets but lacks the anti-reflective coating and a fully laminated display. It has an 8-megapixel primary camera with a f/2.4 aperture which is capable of recording high-resolution 1080p videos, while the front-facing camera sits at 1.2-megapixels.

Difference Between iPad Pro and iPad

  1. Screen Size for iPad Pro vs. iPad

The new Pro line is bigger and faster in every way. It’s currently available in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch versions. The 10.5 iPad Pro replaces the 9.7 iPad Pro. The new iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina HD display. Unlike the iPad Pro, the new iPad lacks fully-laminated display.

  1. Display of iPad Pro vs. iPad

With a resolution of 2732×2048, the 12.9 iPad Pro offers 5.6 million pixels which is a bonus, while the 10.5 iPad Pro features a 2224×1668 display with a pixel density of 264 ppi. The new iPad, on the other hand, features a 2048×1536 display with a pixel density of 264 ppi.

  1. Storage of iPad Pro vs. iPad

Both the iPad Pros are available in 64, 256, and 512 GB variants. This makes the new Pro line the first one to introduce a device with the 512 GB variant. The iPad 9.7 is available in 32 and 128 GB internal storage options.

  1. Processor for iPad Pro vs. iPad

The new iPad Pro models are packed with more advanced and faster A10X Fusion chip that provides 30 percent faster CPU performance and are embedded with Apple M10 co-processor for 40 percent faster graphics performance. The iPad 9.7, on the other hand, comes with Apple the A9 chip and embedded M9 coprocessor, which is a significant upgrade over the A8 chip.

  1. Memory of iPad Pro vs. iPad

Both the Pros come built-in with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM which means better performance as compared to the new iPad 9.7 which packs only 2GB LPDDR4 RAM under the hood.

  1. Camera for for iPad Pro vs. iPad

Both the 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pros have better cameras now – the 12-megapixel camera straight from the iPhone 7 with a f/1.8 wide color aperture and True Tone flash. Then there’s a 7-megapixel front-facing camera with auto image stabilization. The iPad 9.7 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a f/2.4 aperture and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

  1. Weight of iPad Pro vs. iPad

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi model) weighs 469 grams (1.03 pounds) and the iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) weighs 477 grams (1.05 pounds). The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) weighs 677 grams (1.49 pounds) and the iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) weighs 692 grams (1.53 pounds). The iPad 9.7 weighs 469 grams (1.03 pounds) for the Wi-Fi model and 478 grams (1.05 pounds) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

iPad Pro and iPad: Comparison Chart

iPad Pro


Comes in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch variants. Available in 9.7-inch model.
Powered by A10X Fusion chip and embedded with Apple M10 co-processor for faster and better performance. Powered by Apple A9 chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded with Apple M9 motion co-processor.
Comes built-in with a 12-core PowerVR series 7XT GPU. Comes built-in with a 12-core PowerVR Series 7 graphics processor.
Packs 4GB LPDDR4 RAM under its hood. Comes in 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM.
12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and six-element lens. 8-megapixel rear-facing 1080p HD camera.
7-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera with 1080p HD video recording. 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording.
It comes in 64, 256, and 512 GB variants. It comes in 32 and 128 GB internal storage options.

Summary of iPad Pro and iPad

The Apple iPad 9.7 is a solid yet pocket-friendly iPad with a fewer bells and whistles than its worthy successor, the iPad Pro. The iPad specs don’t match the Pro line but it’s an incredible value iPad worth every penny and good enough for most tasks that you’d expect from an iPad. The new Pro line is surely a deadly combo of power-pack performance and robust architecture, plus a more advanced chipset. This is where the iPad earns its “pro” status, thanks to a better screen, better storage, better camera, better chipset, better performance, better everything.

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