iPad Pro: What you need to know about the all-new 10.5-inch model

New size, faster chips, and more storage. That’s just a little of what you can expect from Apple’s new iPad Pro lineup unveiled during the WWDC keynote on Monday.

In addition to upgrading its 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which originally launched in 2015), Apple released a new 10.5-inch model that replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (which launched in 2016). Here’s what you need to know about the refreshed models, including all the new features, upgrades, and specs.

New 10.5-inch model

Apple introduced a new iPad Pro size: 10.5 inches. This model replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that was released in 2016. The 10.5-inch model has a screen that’s 20 percent larger that its predecessor, and thanks to reduced bezels and borders, it still weighs about one pound. The new display size makes it possible for this new iPad Pro to accomodate a full-sized digital keyboard, as well as a full-sized Smart Keyboard accessory.

iPad Pro prices

10.5-inch iPad Pro: 

  • $649 for 64GB, $779 for 64GB + Cellular,
  • $749 for 256GB, $879 for 256GB + Cellular
  • $949 for 512GB, $1079 for 512GB + Cellular

12.9-inch iPad Pro: 

  • $799 for 64GB, $929 for 64GB + Cellular
  • $899 for 256GB, $1029 for 256GB + Cellular
  • $1099 for 512GB, $1229 for 512GB + Cellular


The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray, and gold.

Display specs

The iPad Pro models continue to sport a Retina display but with a new trick up its sleeve. Apple has added a new feature called ProMotion which doubles the display refresh rate from 60hz to 120hz. ProMotion also helps to automatically adjust this refresh rate depending on how you’re using the iPad Pro, as a way to conserve battery life.

In addition, the iPad Pro has anti-reflective coating so the display is more visible outdoors. Plus, they also have True Tone capabilities that automatically adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light. This makes for a more natural display.

Performance specs

The iPad Pro models come equipped with the top-of-the-line A10x fusion chip, plus a six-core CPU (three high performance cores and three high efficiency cores) and a 12-core GPU. This gives the new iPad Pro models 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance than previous Pro models with the A9x chip.

Battery life

Despite improvements in speed and performance, Apple says that the 10.5-inch and the 12.9-inch model will both deliver up to 10 hours of battery life, or 9 hours if using an LTE model on a cellular connection.

Camera specs

The new iPad Pro has been upgraded with camera specs comparable to the latest iPhone 7. This means a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, and a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. However, iPad Pro does not have a dual-camera system, so you can’t use it to take photos in Portrait mode like on the iPhone 7.


The new iPad Pro models are available to order now on and will start shipping out the week of June 12. Both models will also be available that week in Apple Stores in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. They’ll be available to customers in India, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates later in June, and to customers in Brazil, Mexico, and South Korea in July.

iPad Pro accessories

Apple Pencil: Apple reduced the latency to an industry-best: 20 milliseconds. iPad Pro users can now use the Pencil to use Markup in screenshots and in documents scanned using the Notes app. In addition, the Notes app is able to search through your notes handwritten with the Pencil. 

Smart Keyboard: There’s a new Smart Keyboard designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Apple has also included support for 30 languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

Smart Covers: Apple has brought back leather smart covers for iPad Pro, plus an all-new sleeve that incorporates a special spot for Apple Pencil.

iOS 11 features for iPad

Redesigned Dock: Quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, which you can drag to the right side of the screen to open in Slide Over or Split View.

New Files app. Keep all your files and documents in one place, whether they’re stored locally or in iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

Drag and Drop. Move text, photos, files, and URLs from one app to another when using Split View.

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