iPad has always offered a uniquely simple yet immersive experience. And now with its expansive 12.9-inch Retina display, nearly double the CPU performance of iPad Air 2, and refined Multi‑Touch technology, iPad Pro adds another dimension to that experience. It’s not just larger. It’s an iPad that lets you be more creative and more productive — at a whole new scale.
iPad Pro Design
A sight to be held.
To create an iPad this huge, no detail was too small. From the way images are brought to life to its considerable versatility, we pushed every aspect of what’s possible with iPad to new heights. The end result, unmistakable the moment you begin using it, goes beyond a larger display. Unlike anything before it, iPad Pro is a far bigger experience.
5.6 million pixels.
Each and every one a thing of beauty.
iPad Pro has the most advanced Retina display we’ve ever made. The 12.9‑inch screen offers 78 percent more display area than that of iPad Air 2. Under the glass lie a revamped Multi‑Touch subsystem and 5.6 million brilliant pixels, making it the highest-resolution display of any iOS device. That extreme resolution, along with remarkably lifelike colors and deeper blacks, makes everything from photo editing to intense 3D games more vivid and deeply engaging.
Larger than iPad Air 2
A huge leap of engineering in just 6.9 mm.
The Retina display on iPad Pro incorporates all-new technologies to enable unparalleled levels of precision and responsiveness. The Multi‑Touch subsystem was designed to accommodate two types of touch — your finger and Apple Pencil.
To improve on‑axis contrast, we used an advanced process called photo alignment. This involves shining UV light to create a uniform terrain across the film coating on the thin film transistor and color filter, so the display’s liquid crystal molecules lie precisely where they should. Better‑aligned molecules mean you see better contrast when looking directly at the display.
The resolution and scale of iPad Pro are far beyond that of our other iOS devices. That’s why we took cues from the groundbreaking oxide thin film transistor in the iMac Retina 5K display and adapted it for the Retina display on iPad Pro. The resulting TFT provides faster pixel charging and better brightness uniformity across the larger canvas.
Variable Refresh Rate
For the first time in any of our devices, iPad Pro knows when the content on your screen is static and cuts the refresh rate in half, to 30 times per second instead of 60. This means that the screen isn’t just big, beautiful, and bright. It’s also incredibly energy efficient.
The timing controller, or TCON, is the brains of the display. It tells each pixel what to do and when to do it. Since iPad Pro has 2.5 million more pixels than iPad Air 2, we custom designed the TCON to handle the greater resolution, giving it more bandwidth to allow incredible pixel control at lightning‑fast speeds.
A new Multi‑Touch subsystem in iPad Pro enables the striking capabilities and pixel‑perfect precision of Apple Pencil “Sold separately“.Using incredibly fine‑tuned pressure and tilt sensors, Apple Pencil instantly recognizes when you are pressing harder or shifting its angle. So you can vary line weight, create subtle shading, and produce a wide range of artistic effects — just like with a conventional pencil. But Apple Pencil does far more. It can be a fountain pen, a watercolor brush, and even a calligrapher’s nib.
An elegant form that’s exceptionally strong.
Despite having 78 percent more display area than iPad Air 2, iPad Pro feels reassuringly solid in the hand. The aluminum unibody is a perfect balance of lightness and uncommon strength.
Four Speaker Audio.
Listen and you’ll see.
The iPad Pro has four innovative speakers that produce a stereo sound stage as enveloping as its display. For the first time, the speaker housings have been machined directly into the unibody enclosure. This new architecture gives the speakers 61 percent more back volume compared to previous iPad audio designs. You’ll hear a wider frequency range and up to three times more output than on any other iPad.
An incredible sound experience,no matter how you turn it.
The speakers in iPad Pro aren’t just high fidelity, they’re highly intelligent. While all four produce bass frequencies, the topmost speakers are dedicated to higher frequencies. They also automatically recognize whether the device is in portrait or landscape view. So you’ll always get vivid, well-balanced sound no matter how you’re holding iPad Pro.
The new Smart Keyboard “Sold separately” for iPad Pro has all the utility of an ordinary full‑size keyboard, but its technology couldn’t be less conventional. The surface is formed from a single sheet of custom‑woven fabric that has been laser ablated to precisely form each key. This unique construction ensures a satisfyingly responsive, accurate, and natural feel. Underneath that fabric lies a new conductive material that allows for a two‑way flow of power and data. That’s why you won’t find any batteries, cords, or on/off switches on the Smart Keyboard. And unlike traditional wires, the conductive fabric can withstand a lifetime of folding, though it’s nearly as thin as a sheet of paper.
More than a connector.
The Smart Connector is a new interface that takes advantage of the two-way conductive fabric in the Smart Keyboard. It allows iPad Pro to provide power to the Smart Keyboard and lets the Smart Keyboard relay each of your keystrokes back to iPad Pro. Using the Smart Connector couldn’t be easier. Simply align the Smart Keyboard to iPad Pro — just as you would with a Smart Cover — and start typing. Now there’s even less distance between what’s on your mind and what’s on the display.
iPad Pro Technology
In its most elegant form.
The sheer performance of iPad Pro redefines everything iPad is capable of. Every technological element, from the new A9X chip to the graphics processor to the storage controller, has been designed to enhance each other for maximum performance and energy efficiency. iPad Pro isn’t just faster, smoother, and more engaging. It sets a whole new standard.
Our most powerful chip for our most capable device.
The uncompromising performance of iPad Pro is driven by some equally uncompromising technology. The A9X, our third-generation chip with 64‑bit desktop‑class architecture, gives iPad Pro the power to easily take on tasks that were once reserved for workstations and PCs. And tasks you’d never consider doing on a PC.
Despite this barrier-breaking performance, the A9X chip’s underlying architecture is efficient, ensuring that there’s one way in which iPad Pro isn’t massive — battery consumption.
The storage controller.
The unsung hero of super fast performance.
The A9X chip is capable of processing data so quickly, it demanded a new memory architecture. iPad Pro features a revamped storage controller that helps deliver performance better than some desktop computers. This increases read and write speeds, so you can quickly open even the largest files. Like the big 4K movie you just edited or all the RAW images you imported from your HD camera.
With 1.8 times the CPU performance of iPad Air 2, the A9X chip delivers incredible speed and responsiveness. So iPad Pro reacts to every gesture faster than ever. Even complex tasks like creating, rendering, and manipulating a 3D design or editing multiple streams of 4K video happen quickly and with unparalleled smoothness.
More beautiful play.
Despite having nearly twice the pixels in its Retina display, iPad Pro still offers up to double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2. You’ll see even the most intense visuals render with unmatched richness and speed. That speed, paired with the sheer size of the display, makes it easier than ever to lose yourself in your favorite movies and games.
A real game changer.
Metal gets the greatest graphics performance out of the A9X chip and iOS 9, so developers can design highly immersive console-style games and blazing-fast apps. Metal optimizes the CPU and graphics performance to deliver detailed graphics and complex visual effects. So every imaginary world feels more realistic.
High-performance apps can now reach new heights.
Everything you can do on a desktop computer or gaming console is not only possible on iPad Pro, it’s possibly better. While the size and resolution of the display make every activity more immersive, the finely tuned Multi-Touch subsystem and A9X chip mean even the apps you use most will feel like nothing before.
Shoot, edit, and share on a high-resolution screen that brings your videos to life. iPad Pro is capable of playing three simultaneous 4K video streams in iMovie, without losing its agile responsiveness to your every command. And everything looks brilliant in the 1080p viewer.
Adobe Photoshop Fix
Retouch photos on iPad with the power of Photoshop. Enjoy all the tools you need — and even some you might not expect — to edit, manipulate, and add new dimension to your photos. And Photoshop Fix supports up to 50-megapixel images, so you can make the most of the high-resolution Retina display.
Architects and industrial designers can now take on the complex and demanding task of 3D modeling with ease. iPad Pro works with graphics-intensive apps like AutoCAD 360 to bring amazing depth and polish to sketches. So you can see your car design or building layout come to life in an easily portable format.
An incredible 10‑hour battery life.
You might expect that such high performance would compromise battery life. But even with its high-resolution Retina display and groundbreaking power, iPad Pro maintains great endurance and efficiency.
Fast wireless connectivity.
Apple iPad Pro features 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and MIMO, so you can easily connect to ultrafast networks and enjoy download speeds of up to 866 Mbps
A better experience with every touch.
iOS 9 is the world’s most advanced, intuitive, and secure mobile operating system. If it feels like it was custom made for iPad, that’s because it was. From the elegant interface to powerful multitasking features and useful built‑in apps, iOS 9 is designed to help you get the most out of iPad.
Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. So you can quickly browse the web, respond to a text message, or jot something down in a note, then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before.
With Split View on iPad, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right in front of you, it’s easier to focus.
Picture in Picture
While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open a second app, and your video continues to play — even while you use the other app. So keep watching your favorite TV show while you reply to the email that just came in.
Shortcuts at your fingertips.
Shape up your text in no time with an all-new Shortcut Bar, convenient editing tools, and a handy new way to select text with Multi-Touch gestures. And now when you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, you can enjoy even more keyboard shortcuts.
Use keyboard shortcuts to perform even more commands on your iPad — like switching between apps or bringing up search with a wireless keyboard. And interact with your apps using their own built-in, custom shortcuts. Just press and hold a key like Command, Option, or Control to see shortcuts in any app.
Easy Text Selection
Control the cursor on your iPad by simply moving two fingers anywhere on the screen, including over the keyboard, to select, edit, and move text.
Built-in Shortcut Bar
Bold, italicize, or underline — even copy and paste — with just a couple of taps from your keyboard. The Shortcut Bar can also be customized for third-party apps, so the tools you need are always right where you need them.
iOS Features Availability
Some iOS 9 features are not currently available in every region or language. Here
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-conﬁgurable maximum volume limit
TV and Video
AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Mail Attachment Support
Viewable document types
.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics
Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)