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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) review

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)

Informr score
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 36 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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
Operating system
2.5 GHz
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
12+ MP, f/1.8
12+ MP, f/1.8
36.71 WHr

What the Critics Are Saying...


The 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 might have a few weak features, but overall it’s an incredible device – between its massive screen, fantastic audio quality, slim design, useful peripherals, and iOS, you can’t get a better tablet.

- Tom Bedford, TechRadar
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

Overhauled for 2018, the iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd-gen) is a stunning tablet in almost every way. And in 2020, it's not missing much compared to its replacement and supports the new Magic Keyboard. It's still expensive though.

- David Price, Tech Advisor
Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

It can be argued that the iPad Pro is the new one-port MacBook — a general purpose computer with all-day battery life that'll do the job for most people — at least until those rumoured ARM-powered Macs show up and/ or that mythical iOS-laptop becomes a reality.

- Kunal Dua, Gadgets 360
Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

Everywhere you look on the 2018 iPad Pro’s spec sheet, in fact, there’s a minor or a major upgrade, adding up to a huge step forward for the iPad Pro as a whole. It’s superfast and incredibly well made. It’s better in almost every conceivable way than the previous model and it even manages to beat I...

- Jonathan Bray, Expert Reviews

The 2018 Apple iPad Pro is a phenomenal tablet that feels fantastic to use, with even more potential in the future. But it’s the same price as laptops that may suit you better if you're after a pro machine right now.

- Matthew Bolton, T3

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Screen Size

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

2.5 GHz

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


The tablet runs on the iOS 12 (Update Available: iPadOS 14.3) operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 12+ MP, f/1.8 camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.
64/256/512/1000 GB

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


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

Release Date November 7, 2018
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System iOS 12 (Update Available: iPadOS 14.3)

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Processor Apple A12X Bionic Octa core 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 64/256/512/1000 GB
RAM 4/6
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 1.17 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.8
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 / Aperture
7+ Megapixels
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
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2048 x 2732 pixels
Pixel density 265 pixels
Size 12.9 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
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 (Cellular) Up to 9 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
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
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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