Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) review

8.7/10 AVG.
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8.7/10
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The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the largest iPad Pro in the lineup, the 12.9 offers a massive slab of a screen that Apple claims can replace your laptop. But it’s really just a slightly larger version of the smaller iPad Pro 11 (2018).

The screen sees a bump from 11-inches to 12.9-inches. The resolution also climbs to 2048-by-2732 pixels but this averages out to the same pixel-per-inch ratings you’ll find in the smaller tablet as well. So while the good news is that the image won’t suffer on the larger version, it also doesn’t really improve either.

Fortunately, reviewers loved the screen on the iPad Pro 11. So there’s little to worry about there.

The increased size also comes with a slight increase in weight. However, for the size, reviewers found it easy to handle and use. When paired with Apple’s keyboard dock, they found it reassuringly sturdy and stable as well.

The only other difference between the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and it’s smaller 11-inch sibling is the amount of RAM. While the 11 ships with 4 to 6GB of RAM depending on the model you choose, the 12.9 comes with 6GB across the board.

Otherwise, it’s the same exact tablet with the same accessories -- just in a slightly larger package. For more on what to expect from the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018), be sure to check our summary for the iPad Pro 11.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
12.9"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Firstpost

In the Pro realm, it only faces competition from the Surface Pro, but that's more of a work-focussed laptop whereas the iPad Pro is not. You can work on the iPad Pro, but you'll be limited by the OS and will have to decide whether you're comfortable working within those limitations. To put it anothe...

- Nimish Sawant, Firstpost
VR-Zone

If you’ve got a main MacOS device you work on and are looking for a more portable satellite to bring around daily, the iPad Pro is a reasonable choice, especially if you already have, or are keen on upgrading your iCloud to a sizeable subscription. Added bonus if you’ve got real creative application...

- Ian Ling, VR-Zone
India Today

While the iPad Pro offers a lot of exciting features that would make you ditch your laptop in a second, there are a few lingering issues that will make you hold onto your PC just a little while longer. Apple has clearly created a beast here, but it is chaining it up with iOS, at least for now. I am...

- Sanket Vijayasarathy, India Today
The Guardian

The new 12.9in iPad Pro is a remarkable piece of technology that rekindles that wow factor for me that most technology has lost. But it is exceedingly expensive if it is considered just a tablet.

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
Tech.Co

Large, powerful and expensive, the Pro is a status symbol and the pinnacle of Apple’s tablet design to date. For the average surfer, its abilities are wasted, but for those that can push it – and have the budget – the Pro is likely to be a faithful companion for years to come.

- Jack Turner, Tech.Co


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Screen Size
12.9"

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)'s screen size is 12.9 inches with 2048 x 2732 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Apple A12X Bionic Octa core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/256/512/1000 GB

Internal memory is 64/256/512/1000 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
36.71WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 36.71 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 12

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Processor Apple A12X Bionic Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256/512/1000 GB
RAM 4/6
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 36.71 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 7 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 28.06 x 21.49 x 0.59 cm (11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 631 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2048 x 2732 pixels
Pixel density 265 pixels
Size 12.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, True Tone, Wide color
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time‑lapse, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Self-timer, Aperture f/2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Firstpost

Limited potential, but still the best of its kind

from Firstpost

In the Pro realm, it only faces competition from the Surface Pro, but that's more of a work-focussed laptop whereas the iPad Pro is not. You can work on the iPad Pro, but you'll be limited by the OS and will have to decide whether you're comfortable working within those limitations. To put it ano...More

In the Pro realm, it only faces competition from the Surface Pro, but that's more of a work-focussed laptop whereas the iPad Pro is not. You can work on the iPad Pro, but you'll be limited by the OS and will have to decide whether you're comfortable working within those limitations. To put it another way, things that are designed to work on the iPad Pro work incredibly well. For things that don't work, there's either no solution or a very laborious workaround.

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VR-Zone

Not quite a laptop, more powerful than one

from VR-Zone

If you’ve got a main MacOS device you work on and are looking for a more portable satellite to bring around daily, the iPad Pro is a reasonable choice, especially if you already have, or are keen on upgrading your iCloud to a sizeable subscription. Added bonus if you’ve got real creative appl...More

If you’ve got a main MacOS device you work on and are looking for a more portable satellite to bring around daily, the iPad Pro is a reasonable choice, especially if you already have, or are keen on upgrading your iCloud to a sizeable subscription. Added bonus if you’ve got real creative applications like photo or video editing. If you’re impressed by benchmarks and intend to get the iPad Pro 2018 as your first or first few iOS/MacOS products, it gets difficult to justify.

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India Today

Closer than ever to replacing your laptop

from India Today

While the iPad Pro offers a lot of exciting features that would make you ditch your laptop in a second, there are a few lingering issues that will make you hold onto your PC just a little while longer. Apple has clearly created a beast here, but it is chaining it up with iOS, at least for now. I...More

While the iPad Pro offers a lot of exciting features that would make you ditch your laptop in a second, there are a few lingering issues that will make you hold onto your PC just a little while longer. Apple has clearly created a beast here, but it is chaining it up with iOS, at least for now. I am optimistic that Apple will tune up iOS in a year or two to get it closer to macOS. But until then, the iPad Pro is still an iPad.

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The Guardian

A beautiful, luxury piece of kit

from The Guardian

The new 12.9in iPad Pro is a remarkable piece of technology that rekindles that wow factor for me that most technology has lost. But it is exceedingly expensive if it is considered just a tablet.

Read full review

The new 12.9in iPad Pro is a remarkable piece of technology that rekindles that wow factor for me that most technology has lost. But it is exceedingly expensive if it is considered just a tablet.

Read full review

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Tech.Co

A stunning iPad, best for creatives

from Tech.Co

Large, powerful and expensive, the Pro is a status symbol and the pinnacle of Apple’s tablet design to date. For the average surfer, its abilities are wasted, but for those that can push it – and have the budget – the Pro is likely to be a faithful companion for years to come.

Read full review

Large, powerful and expensive, the Pro is a status symbol and the pinnacle of Apple’s tablet design to date. For the average surfer, its abilities are wasted, but for those that can push it – and have the budget – the Pro is likely to be a faithful companion for years to come.

Read full review

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GSMArena

Indeed the best tablet Apple has ever made

Power users, please look elsewhere - Samsung and Microsoft got you covered if you are after a cutting-edge Android or Windows device. But those who won't use the iPad for work should definitely consider one. Because no matter how Apple tries to advertise the iPads as versatile tablets, they are e...More

Power users, please look elsewhere - Samsung and Microsoft got you covered if you are after a cutting-edge Android or Windows device. But those who won't use the iPad for work should definitely consider one. Because no matter how Apple tries to advertise the iPads as versatile tablets, they are excellent mostly for fun - games, videos, music, social networks, and some occasional blogging or vlogging.

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The Wirecutter

For pro-level performance and the biggest drawing and viewing area

from The Wirecutter

Essentially identical to the 11-inch iPad Pro, but with a huge 12.9-inch screen that’s better for serious creative work and multitasking.

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Essentially identical to the 11-inch iPad Pro, but with a huge 12.9-inch screen that’s better for serious creative work and multitasking.

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The Sweet Setup

A pleasure to use, incredible to look at, and the most impactful iPad

from The Sweet Setup

The latest iPad Pro does everything last year’s iPad did, but at increased speeds, with a beautiful new design, with a jaw-dropping new display, and with a new near-perfect Apple Pencil.

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The latest iPad Pro does everything last year’s iPad did, but at increased speeds, with a beautiful new design, with a jaw-dropping new display, and with a new near-perfect Apple Pencil.

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Notebookcheck

A fantastic tablet and currently the best ARM-based tablet that money can buy

from Notebookcheck

The iPad Pro 12.9’s biggest shortcoming is iOS. The OS has no usable file system, nor can the device currently read USB flash drives to name but a few issues we have with iOS. Users who just need a lightweight device for emails, media consumption and office applications will be satisfied with t...More

The iPad Pro 12.9’s biggest shortcoming is iOS. The OS has no usable file system, nor can the device currently read USB flash drives to name but a few issues we have with iOS. Users who just need a lightweight device for emails, media consumption and office applications will be satisfied with the new iPad Pro 12.9, although it is exceedingly expensive. However, after three generations Apple has not delivered on its promise of creating a tablet that can replace a laptop.

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iMore

An alternative for those willing to trade some power for portability

from iMore

For those professionals who don't want or need a laptop, but do want or need more than a phone, iPad Pro can be just perfect. Amazing screen, amazing silicon, with a better-than-ever Apple Pencil and what feels more like a just-as-good-if-differently-compromised Keyboard Folio as options.

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For those professionals who don't want or need a laptop, but do want or need more than a phone, iPad Pro can be just perfect. Amazing screen, amazing silicon, with a better-than-ever Apple Pencil and what feels more like a just-as-good-if-differently-compromised Keyboard Folio as options.

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