Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple New iPad Pro: News, Price, Release Date, and Specs 12.9" Display, M1 Chip, and 5G by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology experience. He focuses on support and Microsoft topics but is an expert in all areas of tech. He's also the GM & VP of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on May 26, 2021 Tweet Share Email Apple iPad Macs Apple announced upgraded 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros in 2021. Several changes came with these 5th gen models, like a mini-LED display, 5G, the M1 chip, and beefier internals. Magic Keyboard for 2021 iPad Pro. Apple When Was the 2021 iPad Pro Released? The next-gen iPad Pro was announced on April 20, 2021, and became available for purchase the following month. It's available in the US and 30 other countries and regions. 2021 iPad Pro Price The 11-inch model ranges from $799 for the smallest storage option to $2,099 for the cellular option and 2 TB of storage. The previous 12.9-inch iPad Pro started at $999. This new one starts a tad higher, at $1,099 for the base model, up to $2,399 for the highest storage option with cellular connectivity. 2021 iPad Pro Features The following is available with the new iPad Pro: Hardware boost: The 4th gen iPad Pro includes the A12Z chip, which, according to Apple, is 50 percent slower than what this new iPad is packing: Apple's homemade M1 chip. The new chip improves battery life and brings better performance for things like gaming and multitasking. 5G support: All previous models have had both Wi-Fi and cellular options. It's also true for this year’s release, but it goes a bit further by including support for next-gen 5G wireless. With the fifth-gen mobile network spreading worldwide, it makes sense for Apple to let this new tablet reap some of those speed benefits. More RAM and storage: The smallest amount of hard drive space you can get in the 2021 iPad Pro is 128 GB, and the most is 2 TB—plenty of storage for all your games and movies. Mini-LED display: The new iPad’s screen uses the less expensive and more energy-efficient mini-LED technology. Like the early rumors purported, the screen has over 10,000 LED chips as its backlight source, which means better contrast, darker blacks, and brighter brights. Thunderbolt support: Thunderbolt and USB 4 support make the tablet's USB-C port, according to Apple, "the fastest, most versatile port ever on an iPad," with four times the bandwidth (up to 40 Gbps) for wired connections than the previous iPad Pro. Center Stage: The iPad's Ultra-Wide camera has a feature called Center Stage that keeps you perfectly framed during video calls. iPadOS 14: v14 isn’t new (it came out in September 2020), so you’re probably already familiar with it and won’t have to learn much of anything new. This new iPad will eventually run iPadOS 15 when it comes out. You can learn more about iPadOS 14 to see all of its features. 2021 iPad Pro Specs and Hardware Below is a look at the iPad Pro 2021 specs. iPad Pro 2021 Specs Finish: Silver, Space Gray Capacity: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB Display: 12.9" and 11"; Liquid Retina XDR display; mini-LED backlit Chip: M1 chip with next-gen Neural Engine Camera: 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras; Wide: ƒ/1.8 aperture; Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture; 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 5x; Smart HDR 3 for photos Apple Pencil: Apple Pencil 2nd gen compatibility iPad Keyboard: Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio compatibility Video Recording: 4K recording at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps; 1080p HD recording at 25, 30, or 60 fps; extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 3x; audio zoom; slo-mo video for 1080p at 120 or 240 fps Speakers: Four speaker audio Microphones: Five mics for calls and video/audio recording Cellular and Wireless: 5G (sub‑6 GHz and mmWave); Gigabit LTE (up to 32 bands); Wi‑Fi + Cellular SIM Card: Nano-SIM; eSIM Sensors: Face ID; LiDAR Scanner; Three-axis gyro; Accelerometer; Barometer; Ambient light sensor Charging and Expansion: USB-C connector with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4 Power and Battery: Up to 10 hrs of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video; up to 9 hrs on cellular network The Latest News About the 2021 iPad Pro You can get more Apple-related content from Lifewire; below are some news stories and earlier rumors regarding the new iPad Pro: 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Will Be 0.5mm Thicker Due to Mini-LED Display iOS Code Reveals A14X Processor Ahead of Rumored iPad Pro Upgrades iPad Pro 2021 Leak Just Teased Stunning Design — and Finally 5G 12.9-Inch iPad Pro With Mini-LED Display Rumored to Launch in First Quarter of 2021 Was this page helpful? 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