Apple 12.9" iPad Pro M1 Chip (Mid 2021, 512GB, Wi-Fi + 5G LTE, Space Gray)

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Apple 12.9" iPad Pro M1 Chip (Mid 2021, 512GB, Wi-Fi + 5G LTE, Space Gray)
Key Features
  • 12.9" Liquid Retina XDR Touchscreen
  • 2732 x 2048 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple M1 8-Core CPU
  • 512GB Storage | 8GB RAM
Experience the next level of ultimate with the space gray Apple 12.9" iPad Pro, which features performance that is supercharged by Apple's M1 8-Core chip with an 8-Core GPU and a 16-Core Neural Engine, a Liquid Retina XDR display, 5G wireless and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, and 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt connectivity. All of this helps turn your iPad into a true portable powerhouse that can double as a performance and production studio, as it is can deliver all-day battery life, as well as the power needed to build intricate AR models, play games with console-quality graphics at high frame rates, and more.
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Apple iPad Pro 12.9" Mid 2021 5th Gen Overview

Experience the next level of ultimate with the space gray Apple 12.9" iPad Pro, which features performance that is supercharged by Apple's M1 8-Core chip with an 8-Core GPU and a 16-Core Neural Engine, a Liquid Retina XDR display, 5G wireless and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, and 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt connectivity. All of this helps turn your iPad into a true portable powerhouse that can double as a performance and production studio, as it is can deliver all-day battery life, as well as the power needed to build intricate AR models, play games with console-quality graphics at high frame rates, and more.

The iPad Pro's Liquid Retina XDR display features the same XDR technology found on Apple's Pro Display XDR and has a 2732 x 2048 resolution, the P3 wide color gamut, ProMotion support with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and True Tone for comfortable viewing. There is also 600 nits of max brightness for SDR content, as well as 1000 nits of max full-screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content. On the front, Apple has introduced a 12MP Ultra Wide Camera with Center Stage, which uses the 12MP Ultra Wide 1080p camera and machine learning to automatically pan, zoom, expand, and actively adjust the frame during video calls, whether it's just you or multiple participants. On the rear, there are 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras for 4K, Full HD, and multi-cam filmmaking with Smart HDR 3. The LiDAR scanner is retained, which determines distance by determining light reflection and further readies possibilities for augmented reality and beyond.

Apple has also equipped the iPad Pro with 512GB of storage and 8GB RAM, plus a 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt port with a USB Type-C interface for driving displays, including the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution, as well as external storage and docks. Moving to the audio side of things, the iPad Pro retains its five studio-quality mics and delivers theater-like sound and support for Dolby Atmos with four-speaker audio. Also carried over from previous models is support for a trackpad, Apple's Pencil (2nd Gen), Smart Keyboard Folio, and the Magic Keyboard. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) ensures a fast Wi-Fi connection, and 5G LTE will allow network connectivity when Wi-Fi is not available, so long as you have a separately-sold data plan.

This iPad comes preloaded with iPadOS. Please check your device settings for the latest available update.

General Features

M1 Chip

With M1, the iPad Pro is the fastest device of its kind. It's designed to take full advantage of next-level performance and custom technologies like the advanced image signal processor and unified memory architecture of M1. And with the incredible power efficiency of M1, iPad Pro is still thin and light with all-day battery life of up to 10 hours, making it as portable as it is powerful.

Faster Performance and Graphics

The 8-core CPU of M1 delivers up to 50% faster performance. And M1 has an 8-core GPU in a class of its own, providing up to 40% faster graphics performance to the iPad Pro. So you can build intricate AR models, play games with console-quality graphics at high frame rates, and more.

12.9" Liquid Retina XDR Display with Extreme Dynamic Range

The Liquid Retina XDR display delivers true-to-life detail with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which is great for viewing and editing HDR photos and videos or enjoying your favorite movies and TV shows. It also features 1000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness, plus advanced display technologies like P3 wide color, True Tone, and ProMotion.

10,000 Mini-LEDs

To achieve extremely high brightness, Apple used an array of LEDs across the entire back of the display. To fit them in the incredibly thin iPad Pro, they used custom-designed mini-LEDs that are 120 times smaller than the previous generation. And custom optical films and diffusers mix the light more efficiently so it can fit in a design that's just 6.4mm thin.

Over 2500 Local Dimming Zones

Over 10,000 mini-LEDs are grouped into more than 2500 local dimming zones. Depending on the content, the brightness in each zone can be precisely adjusted to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Even the most detailed HDR content with the finest specular highlights - like galaxies and action movie explosions - are more true to life than ever.

5G and Wi‑Fi

The iPad has always been uniquely portable with fast Wi‑Fi and cellular options. Now with 5G capabilities, you can connect to fast wireless networks when you need to download files, stream movies, collaborate with colleagues, and upload content on the go. The iPad Pro also has the most 5G bands of any device of its kind - so it can get 5G in more places.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Fast wireless connections are critical to getting things done. With Wi-Fi 6, rest assured that you've got fast Wi-Fi available.

Front 12MP Ultra Wide Camera with Center Stage

The iPad Pro features an Ultra Wide camera with a 12MP sensor and a 122° field of view, making it suitable for FaceTime and the Center Stage feature. It's also great for epic Portrait mode selfies and works with the TrueDepth camera to securely unlock iPad Pro with Face ID.

Center Stage

Center Stage uses the Ultra Wide camera and machine learning to change the way you participate in video calls. As you move around, it automatically pans to keep you centered in the frame. When others join in or leave the call, the view expands or zooms in. Center Stage works with FaceTime and other video conferencing apps for an even more engaging experience.

Rear Pro Cameras

12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras help you capture the perfect photo or video, or even set up a multicamera filmmaking rig. And with the more powerful ISP in the M1 chip, the iPad Pro now features Smart HDR 3.

LiDAR

The LiDAR Scanner measures how long it takes light to reflect back from objects, so it can create a depth map of almost any space you're in and unlock immersive AR experiences. It works with the powerful ISP to more accurately focus images and videos in low-light conditions and reduce capture time.

40 Gb/s Thunderbolt Connectivity

Now with Thunderbolt, this is the fastest, most versatile port ever on iPad. It works with existing USB Type-C connectors and opens up an extensive ecosystem of high-performance accessories for iPad Pro - like fast external storage, displays, and docks. Transfer huge assets or even drive the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution. This port is also compatible with 40 Gb/s USB 4 and 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Pro Accessories

The Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and the Smart Keyboard Folio open up even more ways to use iPad Pro. Draw a masterpiece, take notes, or knock out a business plan. These versatile accessories are designed to take your work and creativity to the next level.

Apple Pencil

With the power of Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro transforms into an immersive drawing canvas and an intuitive note-taking device. It sets the standard for how drawing, marking up documents, and even filling in text fields should feel - intuitive, precise, and magical.

Magic Keyboard

Magic Keyboard features a responsive typing experience and a built‑in trackpad that gives you new ways to work with iPadOS. So you can write your novel, crank out a term paper, or rip through your inbox. And with backlit keys, you can get things done in a wide array of lighting conditions. The Magic Keyboard is available two sizes and colors of black or white.

iPadOS

iPadOS builds on the same powerful foundation as iOS, while offering distinct experiences designed for the capabilities of iPad. Multitask effortlessly with touch or navigate the system with a trackpad. And with iPadOS, you can do even more, like copy and paste handwritten notes as text and write in any text field with Scribble.

Even More Reasons to Go Pro

Thunderbolt has a 40 Gb/s bandwidth for connecting displays, drives, and more, while five studio-quality mics record great sound when you shoot video, make music, and more. Working alongside the mics are four speakers that deliver theater-like sound and support for Dolby Atmos.
UPC: 194252192559

Apple iPad Pro 12.9" Mid 2021 5th Gen Specs

Operating SystemiPadOS
Performance
CPU ArchitectureArm
ProcessorApple M1
CPU Performance Quad-Core
Efficiency Quad-Core
CoprocessorMotion, Neural/AI, Voice
GPUApple (8-Core)
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer (Altimeter), Face ID, Touch, LiDAR
Total Installed Memory8 GB
Display
Panel TypeIPS-Type LCD
Size12.9"
Aspect Ratio4:3
Resolution2732 x 2048
Maximum Brightness1600 cd/m2 (Peak in HDR Mode)
1000 cd/m2 (Peak in SDR Mode)
600 cd/m2 (Peak in SDR Mode)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
Pixel Density264 ppi
Storage and Expansion
Total Installed Capacity512 GB
Solid State StorageUnspecified Flash
Media/Memory Card SlotNone
I/O
USB Type-C1 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 (Supports DisplayPort and Power Delivery)
AudioNone
Built-In Speakers4
Built-In Microphones5
Communications
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth5.0
SIM Card Size1 x Nano
GSM 2GGSM, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
GSM 3G/3.5GUMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTELTE, LTE Advanced: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71 Bands
5G NRn1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79, n260, n261 Bands
GNSS SupportGPS
NFCNo
Camera System
Camera SystemFront
Ultra Wide: 12 MP Sensor with a f/2.4 Lens (122° FoV)
Rear
Wide: 12 MP Sensor with a f/1.8 Lens
Ultra Wide: 10 MP Sensor with a f/2.4 Lens (125° FoV)
Camera FlashYes
Video RecordingFront
1080p at up to 60 fps
Rear
UHD 4K at up to 60 fps
1080p at up to 60 fps
720p at up to 30 fps
Battery
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Capacity40.88 Wh
Estimated Battery Life10 Hours
General
Power Supply20 W
Pointing DeviceTouchscreen
SecurityFacial Recognition
Operating Temperature32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
Operating Humidity5 to 95%
Dimensions11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25" / 280.42 x 214.88 x 6.35 mm
Weight1.51 lb / 685 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.9 x 10.3 x 3.2"

Apple iPad Pro 12.9" Mid 2021 5th Gen Reviews

Absolute Perfection

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

It's stunningly perfect! AND it showed up a day faster than B & H said it would. Perfectly packaged and works great! Thanks so much!

So glad I got it!

By Rose
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-07

My new IPad Pro is fantastic! I am still learning all of its keen functions.

The ultimate iPad but iPad OS continues to disappoint.

By Peter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-06

It is difficult not be heap superlatives on this device. It is fast, sips the battery, has a magnificent display but is let down by an OS that makes no use of all that hardware. As always with Apple hardware it is beautifully made with precise and solid buttons, a beautifully made case and a superb screen which is bright and has excellent resolution. Responsiveness is excellent with either fingers or the optional Apple Pencil. Battery life is excellent. I can use this for 2 to 3 days without a problem. I have the M1 11 iPad Pro and decided I needed more real estate for movies etc. so decided to invest in the 12.9 version. There is no difference in speed (obviously since they both use the same processor) but the extra screen size is better for media consumption. I used to think the 12.9 was too large, but, these days, it does not seem to be too large, although I will continue to use the 11 when traveling to keep size and weight down. iPad OS is another case altogether. It is so restrictive and it becomes more obvious when you use the Apple Magic Keyboard which makes you think you have a laptop equivalent. You then notice the clumsy interface, very restricted access to files, archaic access to multiple windows using arcane gestures that make no sense etc. You have to accept that iPad OS is not Mac OS. The M1 MacBook Air is a better buy if you want a laptop, not a 12.9 iPad with Magic Keyboard which is more expensive and much less functional. However if you want a slim convenient media consuming device the iPad is very good. My last point is that this device is not cheap and I waited to get an offer from BHPhoto who are one of my favorite on line technology places for photo, computers etc. Once you add the cost of that Magic Keyboard, you are in MacBook Pro territory. It has one small advantage over a MacBook Air or Pro, it has a SIM slot which gives you access to the internet anywhere there is a cell tower. So if you know the advantages and disadvantages of this device and have deep pockets, then this is the best iPad you can get, But if you are looking for a combined laptop and touch pad solution, then think carefully, it is nowhere near being a laptop replacement until iPad OS is sorted out.

Best iPad So Far

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

I had some reservations about the mini LED display and blooming effects based on some online reviews. Although I wish Apple used an OLED display, after putting this iPad next to my OLED laptop, I cannot perceive any noticeable difference, and I have not seen any evidence of blooming. Watching video of any quality (4k, HDR, etc.) on this device is fantastic, and the M1 processor is blazing fast.

Absolute delight to use

By Sujatha
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

The best iPad that Apple can give you, with all the bells and whistles. Coming from the smaller iPad Pro (10.2 inch), I really love the big screen. It is great for media consumption of all kinds - reading and viewing. Paired with Apple Pencil and scribble this becomes a very versatile tool. The only thing holding this device back is iPadOS. And i hope Apple does something about it soon.

Best Ipad

By Rishaad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

This ipad replaces a 12 year old desktop and it works superb very powerful lots of features screen quality is superb highly recommend

The best iPad ever! Until the next, better one.

By Budi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-11

Fantastic screen, amazing speed and responsiveness. The only minor complaint I have is the battery life doesn't last more than 10 hours, lower with heavy use. The other, larger concern is one that has been repeated across the internet loudly: the hardware is so good that the it really shines a huge highlight on the state of software on the iPad. I'm hopeful software will catch up, and I can enjoy lots of years of use from this M1 iPad Pro.

Just in time

By Laura
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

I was having to consider buying an adroid tablet and PC to run the art app I needed, but was surprised to find an ipadPro with plenty of RAM. Beyond happy to be able to continue using an ipad and the unbeatable iPencil! Super fast delivery, thanks B&H!

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