iPad Pro 2 vs iPad Pro 3: Differences You Should Know About

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 28, 2019

Looking for an overview of the iPad Pro 3 vs iPad Pro 2? You have come to the right place.

Apple announced the 2nd-generation iPad Pro (known as iPad Pro 2) in June 2017 and third-generation iPad Pro (known as iPad Pro 3) in October 2018. If you are debating whether to buy one or the other, then here is a comparison to help you decide whether to get the iPad Pro 3 vs iPad Pro 2:

Some of the biggest differences include the display, processor, storage sizes. and charging ports. For the display, Apple bumped up the size of the iPad Pro 3 from 10.5-inch to an 11-inch edge-to-edge design since it does not have a Home/Touch ID button. Instead, the iPad Pro 3 uses the Face ID facial recognition feature.

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The processor has been upgraded. And the iPad Pro 3 has a USB-C charging port instead of a Lightning port.

Display

iPad Pro 2: 10.5-inch (1668×2224 pixels at 265 ppi) and 12.9-inch variants (2732×2048 resolution at 264 ppi)
iPad Pro 3: Liquid Retina edge-to-edge 11-inch (2388×1668 at 264 ppi) and 12.9-inch (2732×2048 at 264 ppi) variants with tap-to-wake support

Processor

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M10 coprocessor
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M10 coprocessor

11-inch iPad Pro 2: A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M12 coprocessor
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M12 coprocessor

Storage

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: 64GB/256GB/512GB
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: 64GB/256GB/512GB

11-inch iPad Pro 3: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB

Sensors And Ports

iPad Pro 2: Touch ID fingerprint sensor; Smart Connector; 3.5mm headphone jack; four-speaker audio; on/off – sleep/wake; Lightning connector; Nano-SIM tray; volume up/down; dual microphones

iPad Pro 3: Face ID facial recognition (works horizontal and vertical); USB-C Connector; Smart Connector; nano-SIM tray; Magnetic connector; volume up/down; five microphones; four-speaker audio; no headphone jack; no Touch ID

Main Camera

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 – 12-megapixel camera; f/1.8 aperture; 5x digital zoom; OIS; 6-element lens; quad-LED True Tone flash; panorama (up to 63 megapixels); autofocus with focus pixels; tap to focus with focus pixels; Live Photos with stabilization; auto HDR; 4K video recording at 30 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 720p HD video recording at 30 fps; OIS for video; slo-mo video support for 1080p/720p; time-lapse with video stabilization
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 – 12-megapixel camera; f/1.8 aperture; 5x digital zoom; OIS; 6-element lens; quad-LED True Tone flash; panorama (up to 63 megapixels); autofocus with focus pixels; tap to focus with focus pixels; Live Photos with stabilization; auto HDR; 4K video recording at 30 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 720p HD video recording at 30 fps; OIS for video; slo-mo video support for 1080p/720p; time-lapse with video stabilization

11-inch iPad Pro 3: 12-megapixel camera; f/1.8 aperture; 5x digital zoom; quad-LED True Tone flash, panorama (up to 63 megapixels), autofocus with focus pixels; tap to focus with Focus Pixels; Live Photos with stabilization; 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 720p HD video recording at 30 fps; Quad-LED True Tone flash; slo-mo video support for 1080p at 240 fps; time-lapse video with stabilization
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3: 12-megapixel camera; f/1.8 aperture; 5x digital zoom; quad-LED True Tone flash, panorama (up to 63 megapixels), autofocus with focus pixels; tap to focus with Focus Pixels; Live Photos with stabilization; 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; 720p HD video recording at 30 fps; Quad-LED True Tone flash; slo-mo video support for 1080p at 240 fps; time-lapse video with stabilization

FaceTime HD Camera

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: 7-megapixel photos; 1080p HD video recording; Retina Flash; f/2.2 aperture; Auto HDR; burst mode; timer mode; FaceTime video
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: 7-megapixel photos; 1080p HD video recording; Retina Flash; f/2.2 aperture; Auto HDR; burst mode; timer mode; FaceTime video

11-inch iPad Pro 3: 7-megapixel; Portrait mode; Portrait Lighting; Animoji and Memoji; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; Retina flash; f/2.2 aperture; Smart HDR; Burst mode; Exposure control; timer mode; FaceTime video
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3: 7-megapixel; Portrait mode; Portrait Lighting; Animoji and Memoji; 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps; Retina flash; f/2.2 aperture; Smart HDR; Burst mode; Exposure control; timer mode; FaceTime video

Finish

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: Space Gray; Silver; Rose Gold; Gold
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: Space Gray; Silver; Gold

11-inch iPad Pro 3: Silver; Space Gray
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3: Silver; Space Gray

Size And Weight

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 (Wi-Fi model): 9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 in and 1.03 pounds
10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 (Wi-Fi + cellular model): 9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 in and 1.03 pounds

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 (Wi-Fi model): 12 x 8.68 x 0.27 in and 1.49 pounds
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 (Wi-Fi + cellular model): 12 x 8.68 x 0.27 in and 1.53 pounds

11-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi model): 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 in and 1.03 pounds
11-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi + cellular model): 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 in and 1.03 pounds

12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi model): 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23 in and 1.39 pounds
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi + cellular model): 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23 in and 1.4 pounds

Cellular And Wireless

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 (All Models):Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO; Bluetooth 4.2 technology
10.5-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi + Cellular models):
UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz); LTE Advanced (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41); Data only; Wi-Fi calling; Embedded Apple SIM
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 (All Models):
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO; Bluetooth 4.2 technology
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 (Wi‑Fi + Cellular models): UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz); LTE Advanced (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41); Data only; Wi-Fi calling; Embedded Apple SIM

11-inch iPad Pro 3 (All models): Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0 technology
11-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular models): UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); Gigabit-class LTE (Models A2013 and A2014: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71); Data only; Wi-Fi calling; eSIM
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 (All models): Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0 technology
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular models): UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); Gigabit-class LTE (Models A2013 and A2014: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71); Data only; Wi-Fi calling; eSIM

SIM Card

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: Nano-SIM (supports Apple SIM); Embedded Apple SIM
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2:
Nano-SIM (supports Apple SIM); Embedded Apple SIM

11-inch iPad Pro 3: Nano-SIM (supports Apple SIM); Embedded Apple SIM
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3:
Nano-SIM (supports Apple SIM); Embedded Apple SIM

Battery Life

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: Up to 10 hours
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2:
Up to 10 hours

11-inch iPad Pro 3: Up to 10 hours
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3:
Up to 10 hours

Additional Features

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2: Apple Pay; Siri; Ships With iOS 12
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2: Apple Pay; Siri; Ships With iOS 12

11-inch iPad Pro 3: Apple Pay; Siri; Ships With iPadOS
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3: Apple Pay; Siri; Ships With iPadOS

In The Box

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 : iPad Pro; Lightning to USB cable; USB Power Adapter
12.9-inch iPad Pro 2:
iPad Pro; Lightning to USB cable; USB Power Adapter

11-inch iPad Pro 3: iPad Pro; USB-C Charge Cable (1 meter); 18W USB-C Power Adapter
12.9-inch iPad Pro 3:
iPad Pro; USB-C Charge Cable (1 meter); 18W USB-C Power Adapter

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