New iPad Pro 2021 – Specs, features, release date and price

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2021 iPad Pro

During Apple’s April 2021 event, Apple announced the release of a new iPad Pro. This new iPad Pro Comes in two models. The first model features an 11-lnch display in a one-pound portable design, while the second features a 12.9-inches display, on a 6.4 mm thin body that weighs 1.5 pounds. 

iPad Pro for a very long time has made use of the turbo charged version of Apple’s A series chips to deliver powerful experience for users. However, Apple has seen it fit for a change, and the change is even more powerful than ever imagined. As an upgrade, in place of the A series chips, Apple now makes use of its M1 chipset that debuted on its MacBook Air and Pro last year. The M1 chip Skyrocket’s the performance of the 2021 iPad Pro to an unattained level on any device, thereby giving it the ultimate leap in performance capable of running powerful apps.  

Given that the M1 chip was built to run macOS, many might wonder how the iPadOS fits into this new upgrade. Well, Apple stated that the iPadOS will integrate properly and take full advantage of the M1 technology because of the shared similarity in architecture of the A Series and the M1 chip. 

The 2021 iPad Pro has two Speakers each at the top and bottom end of the device, making a total of 4 Speakers. The phone also has three microphones located at the top, one by the side and one close to the Pro cameras. 


New iPad Pro 2021 - Specs, features, release date and price

The new iPad Pro features a liquid retina display which Apple claims to be the most advanced mobile display in the world. The liquid display delivers up to 4 million pixels on the 11-inch iPad Pro. The 11-inch iPad also features incredibly advanced technologies as well as ultralow reflectivity, giving the display a responsive and Stunning look. The liquid Retina display on the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro has a peak brightness of 600 nits, meaning you get good display even under sunlight. 

On the other hand, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 5.6 million pixels for those in need of bigger displays. For users creating contents with high brightness and contrast ratio of HDR, the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro now comes with pro display XDR (extreme dynamic Range).  

The new XDR Retina display features between 1000 nits to 1600 nit’s brightness as well as a 1,000,000:1 Contrast ratio which enables it to deliver true-to-life (realistic) details. To achieve high brightness on this device, 10,000 mini-LEDs were used on the back of the display. The mini-LEDs were designed to be 120 times smaller than the previous generation to fit into the perfectly Slim 6.4mm body. 

2021 iPad Pro Camera 

iPad users love taking stunning photos and videos with their devices. For consumers who fall under this category of People, the new iPad Pro Comes with an advanced Camera setup for you. 

At the rear, the 2021 iPad Pro features a 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide Pro Cameras. These cameras capture the perfect photo and video ever on an iPad. 

The LIDAR Scanners help in motion tracking, giving you cleaner shots and videos while focusing on you. It also helps designers visualise their designs on site with people and realistic lighting using software like archi. With the LIDAR Scanners on the iPad Pro, you can easily bring your imaginations to life. The scanner can also transform any space including your Living room into a magical place for a wonderful video skit.

New iPad Pro 2021 - Specs, features, release date and price

Because of the ISP in the M1 Chipset, there is smart HDR 3 where the lSP and neuro engine work together to adjust colour contrast and noise in photos. In low light, the ISP and LIDAR Scanner Can easily capture pictures with almost no light at the time of the shot. 

The front display features the best camera technology ever on a Smartphone. The front Camera features a TrueDepth Camera to unlock the iPad using face ID.

Alongside the TrueDepth Camera is a 12MP ultra-wide camera perfect for FaceTime. The ultra-wide front camera has a 122-degree Field of view which further improves your FaceTime experience.

Center Stage

This camera supports a new and amazing feature called “Center Stage.” The Center Stage feature makes use of the ultra-wide Camera on the iPad Pro and machine learning to recognise and keep you centered on the Screen during a video call. The feature automatically moves to fit you at the center of the Screen while you move around. The camera also adjusts automatically to fit in a second person into the video call.



The 2021 iPad Pro features one of the fastest connectivity in the mobile industry. The USB-C Port already supports fast data transfer and now, Apple has introduced the Thunderbolt with USB-C support on the new iPad Pro, making it the fastest ever on an iPad. This thunderbolt Connector gives the iPad Pro up to 40 Gbps bandwidth for wired Connections. 

The introduction of the all-powerful thunderbolt connector gives way for high-performances accessories like fast external Storage, display and docks for the new iPad Pro. 

Ultra-fast wireless Connectivity being a matter of immense importance, has Provoked the introduction of 5G Connectivity on the new iPad Pro. With 5G capabilities, you can Connect to the fastest wireless networks to download files, stream movies or make video calls. While with the Wi-Fi 6 on the new iPad Pro, you have got the fastest Wi-Fi available.  

What Makes the 2021 iPad Pro Better?

New iPad Pro 2021 - Specs, features, release date and price

The M1 chip offers a fast 8-Core CPU which is 50% faster than the previous iPad Pro and an 8-Core GPU that delivers up to 40% Faster graphics performance than the previous iPad Pro. 

The amazing graphics Performance that comes with the M1 Chipset make paintings more realistic than ever. With this new upgrade, games with console graphics Can be played on the 2021 iPad Pro at high Frame rates. For better gaming experience, the iPad pro now Supports the latest PlayStation and Xbox Controllers making the iPad Pro the best of its kind.  

With the latest 16-Core neural engine, advanced image signal Processor and unified high bandwidth memory architecture, the iPad Pro is more Capable than ever. Even with all this performance the iPad Pro still manages to offer all day battery life while fitting into a slim and light design. 

The improved 2x Faster Storage of the 2021 iPad Pro now makes it easier and faster to access Contents on your iPad. The storage on the iPad can also be expanded up to 2Tb storage Capacity. 

Price and Availability  

The iPad Pro 11-inch has a starting price of $799, while the 12.9-inch with its Pro display XDR sells at a starting price of $1099. 
Orders can be place on the 30th of April, but the device will be available during the second half of May. 

iPad Pro 2021 Specification 

 11‑inch iPad Pro 12.9‑inch iPad Pro
Colour Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray 
Capacity 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB. 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB. 
Weight Wi-Fi models
1.03 pounds (466 grams) 
Wi-Fi + Cellular models 
1.04 pounds (470 grams) 
Wi-Fi models 
1.5 pounds (682 grams) 
Wi-Fi + Cellular models 
1.51 pounds (685 grams) 
Display Liquid Retina display 11-inch (diagonal) LED backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology 2388-by-1668-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) ProMotion technology Wide colour display (P3) True Tone display Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating Fully laminated display Antireflective coating 1.8% reflectivity 600 nits max brightness Supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation)  Liquid Retina XDR display 12.9-inch (diagonal) mini-LED backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology 2D backlighting system with 2596 full‑array local dimming zones 2732-by-2048-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) ProMotion technology Wide colour display (P3) True Tone display Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating Fully laminated display Antireflective coating 1.8% reflectivity 600 nits max brightness 1000 nits max full-screen brightness; 1600 nits peak brightness (HDR) 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio Supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation) 
Chip Apple M1 chip 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores 8-core GPU 16-core Neural Engine 8GB RAM on models with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage 16GB RAM on models with 1TB or 2TB storage  
Operating System iPadOS 14 
Camera Pro camera system: Wide and Ultra-Wide cameras Wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture Ultra-Wide: 10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, and 125° field of view 2x optical zoom out Digital zoom up to 5x Five‑element lens (Wide and Ultra-Wide) Brighter True Tone flash Panorama (up to 63MP) Sapphire crystal lens cover Autofocus with Focus Pixels (Wide) Smart HDR 3 Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos Lens correction (Ultra-Wide) Advanced red-eye correction Photo geotagging Auto image stabilization Burst mode Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG  
TrueDepth Camera 12MP Ultra-Wide camera, 122° field of view ƒ/2.4 aperture Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono) Animoji and Memoji Smart HDR 3 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps Time‑lapse video with stabilization Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p) Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos Lens correction Retina Flash Auto image stabilization Burst mode  
Video Recording 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (Wide) 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps 720p HD video recording at 30 fps 2x optical zoom out Audio zoom Brighter True Tone flash Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps Time‑lapse video with stabilization Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p) Continuous autofocus video Playback zoom Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264 Stereo recording  
Video Calling FaceTime video Center Stage iPad to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular  
Audio Calling FaceTime audio iPad to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular  
Speakers Four speaker audio 
Five studio-quality microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording 
Cellular and Wireless  
All models 
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO Bluetooth 5.0 technology
Wi-Fi + Cellular models 
Model A2301 and A2379: 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79) 5G NR mmWave (Bands n260, n261) FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71) TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48) UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) Data only Wi-Fi calling eSIM  
SIM Card Nano‑SIM (supports Apple SIM) eSIM   
Face ID LiDAR Scanner Three-axis gyro Accelerometer Barometer Ambient light sensor  
Face ID Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition Unlock iPad Secure personal data within apps Make purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books   
Charging and Expansion Thunderbolt / USB 4 port with support for: Charging DisplayPort Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s) USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s) USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)  
Power and Batter Built-in 28.65-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery Built-in 40.88-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery 
Audio Playback Audio formats supported: AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), Dolby Atmos, and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+) Spatial audio playback User-configurable maximum volume limit  
TV and Video Video formats supported: HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG Up to 4K HDR AirPlay for mirroring, photos, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later) or AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV Video mirroring and video out support through USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter and USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (adapters sold separately)  

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