During its October special media event, Apple has launched next-generation iPad Pro models. These new 2018 iPad Pro models come with a revamped design which is slimmer, minimal bezels, powerful internals, features Face ID, and a USB-C port. Other announcements include a revamped MacBook Air model and a new Mac Mini.
Here is everything you need to know about 2018 iPad Pro models.
2018 iPad Pro Models
Apple has launched two new models of iPad Pro in 2018:
- 11-inch iPad Pro – replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro of last year but keeps the same sized body with a larger display.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro – same size of the display as that of last year’s model but packed inside a much smaller body.
The design language of the new iPad Pro is in line with the iPhone lineup. The new iPad Pro has a slimmer bezel, rounded corners of the display and edges, and does not feature headphone jack. The new Liquid Retina Display supports TrueTone, wide-colors, ProMotions, and the other display technologies found on the previous iPad Pro models.
Apple has launched an 11-inch iPad Pro model as a successor to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro but with the same dimensions as that of the 10.5-inch model.
The company has also launched a 12.9-inch iPad Pro model but it is now much smaller than last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Both of these new iPad Pro models are 5.9mm thin.
Thin bezels mean, there won’t be any physical Home button. Apple has completely removed the Home button from 2018 iPad Pro models just like the iPhone XS and iPhone X series.
And just like the latest crop of iPhones, the iPad Pro features Face ID with the TrueDepth camera system located at the top end of the device. Apple has upgraded its tech to ensure that Face ID works in the landscape mode without an issue.
Apple has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from these new iPad Pro models.
The 11-inch iPad Pro comes with a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels. The larger 12.9-inch variant comes with 2732 x 2048 display resolution. Both devices have 264 ppi pixel density.
Displays on both devices are the Liquid Retina display. It is rounded at the corners just like the display of an iPhone XR. Both of the 2018 iPad Pro models come with 120Hz ProMotion display which also features True Tone, Wide Color display, and a fully laminated LCD panel.
Chipset and Storage
Apple has introduced its latest and greatest A12X Bionic chipset inside the 2018 iPad Pro models. The A12X Bionic chip has an 8-core processor and a 7-Core GPU. Apple claims the chipset to be faster than the 92 percent PCs out there.
Apple compares the GPU performance of A12X to that of Xbox One S. The chip features a Neural Engine that processes AI and ML-based tasks.
Both of the 2018 iPad Pro models come in the following storage capacities:
Both of the 2018 iPad Pro models feature 12MP main shooter on the back side of the device. The main camera has a f/1.8 aperture and features Quad-LED True Tone flash and Smart HDR for photos.
The main camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 30 fps or 60 fps, Slo-mo video 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, and 3x video zoom.
On the front side, both devices have a 7MP TrueDepth camera system. It supports Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, and Memoji as well. Apple has added Smart HDR for improved contrast and details.
With an edge-to-edge display on 2018 iPad Pro models, Apple has ditched the physical Home button from both of the new models. As an alternative authentication solution, the company has added Face ID to 2018 iPad Pro models.
Unlike iPhone XS and iPhone XR, the Face ID works in landscape mode on the new iPad Pro lineup. Apple makes use of its True Depth camera system for accurate facial authentication.
Battery and Connectivity
Apple claims that the battery inside both of the 2018 iPad Pro models will provide up to 10 hours of web surfing. These devices come with an 18W USB-C charger for faster charging.
Apple has ditched the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port. It can connect to external monitors, storage devices, cameras, and other USB-C devices. You can connect new iPad Pro to a 5K monitor. You can charge your iPhone or any other USB-C device by connecting it to iPad Pro via USB-C.
Apple has added Gigabit LTE and Bluetooth 5.0 in the new iPad Pro models. Apple has also added dual band WiFi, dual SIM support (eSIM + nanoSIM).
New Pencil 2 integration
Apple has introduced a new way to charge Apple Pencil 2. Instead of connecting it to the port, risking breaking of the charging plug right off, the new Apple Pencil 2connects to iPad Pro 2018 magnetically. It automatically starts charging when connected to the iPad Pro.
2018 iPad Pro Specs
|Dimensions||280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm
247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm
|Weight||22.25 ounces (631 grams)
16.50 ounces (468 grams)
|Color||Space Gray, Silver|
|Material||Glass, Metallic frame|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Resolution||12.9: 2048 x 2732 pixels
11: 1668 x 2388 pixels
|Display Features||True Tone Display,
Wide Color Display,
|Chipset||Apple A12X Bionic with Neural engine|
|GPU||Apple GPU (7 Cores)|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB|
|SIM Card||Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)|
|Sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer|
|OS||iOS 12 or newer|
|Main Camera||12MP Wide-angle
4K - @24fps, @30fps, @60fps
1080p - @30fps @60fps @120fps
720p - @240fps
|Camera Features||Portrait mode
Animoji and Memoji
|Battery Type||Li-Po battery, Non-removable|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; magnetic connector|
2018 iPad Pro Price
11-inch iPad Pro:
- $799 for 64GB Wi-Fi
- $949 for 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $949 for 256GB Wi-Fi
- $1,099 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,149 for 512GB Wi-Fi
- $1,299 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,549 for 1TB Wi-Fi
- $1,699 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular
12.9-inch iPad Pro:
- $999 for 64GB Wi-Fi
- $1,149 for 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,149 for 256GB Wi-Fi
- $1,299 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,349 for 512GB Wi-Fi
- $1,499 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,749 for 1TB Wi-Fi
- $1,899 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad Pro Availability
The new iPad Pro models are all set to hit the shelves on November 7.
iPad Pro 2018 FAQs
Has Apple updated both sizes of the iPad Pro?
Yes, the company has updated both sizes of the iPad Pro. Apple has replaced the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with the 11-inch model and has refreshed the 12.9-inch model as well. There are huge design changes so we suggest you to read the Design part on this page.
Did Apple remove the 3.5mm headphone jack?
Yes, Apple has removed it from 2018 iPad Pro lineup. You can use any USB-C supported headphone available in the market with your 2018 iPad Pro.
Did Apple remove Home button from 2018 iPad Pro?
Yes, just like iPhone XS, XR, and X, there is no Home button on the latest iPad Pro models. Apple has added Face ID as an alternative to Touch ID.
What's the AR Support in 2018 iPad Pro?
Apple is trying to position new iPad Pros as the next big thing in AR. Apple is making good use of new Camera setup, powerful chipset, and audio to take AR to the next level.
Advanced cameras and sensors and improved four-speaker audio combine with the power of A12X Bionic to turn iPad Pro, with its large viewfinder, into the best device ever for AR. With support for the next generation of AR apps, a new world of AR experiences is possible on iPad, such as measuring the reflection on real-world objects, navigating buildings in 3D and exploring entire universes. Adobe’s Project Aero (coming 2019) will enable creators to design experiences that take AR on iPad even further.
Did Apple add Face ID?
Yes. With an edge-to-edge display and the removal of the Home button, Face ID is the alternative system for authentication. For that Apple has added True Depth Camera system on the front end.
What's the iOS version running on iPad Pro 2018?
Since iOS 12.a is released before the launch of iPad Pro and Apple has even released iOS 12.1.1 beta software update, the iPad Pro 2018 will definitely be running the iOS 12.1.x version of Apple’s mobile operating system at the time of launch.
What about 2018 iPad Pro battery?
11-inch iPad Pro:
Built-in 29.37-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
12.9-inch iPad Pro:
Built-in 36.71-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching a video, or listening to music
- Charging via power adapter or USB-C to a computer system
Wi-Fi + Cellular models
Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using the cellular data network
Will my old iPad Pro case fit 2018 model?
Even though the 11-inch iPad Pro has almost the same body size as that of its predecessor (the 10.5-inch variant), your last year’s iPad Pro case won’t fit the 2018 model. The new models have a significantly different design with a flat edge.