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iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | September 9, 2015September 9, 2015 4:00 pm PDT

Apple today announced the iPad Pro, a device we’ve heard rumblings about for at least two years. This jumbo iPad is geared towards heavy users, you know the enterprise and creative types that require much more computing power than a regular tablet, but may not need a full-fledged computer or laptop.

But just advanced is the iPad Pro to the current top of the line iPad? Check out our spec comparison of the iPad Air 2 vs the iPad Pro:

iPad Air 2

iPad Pro

Apple - iPad Air 2 Apple - iPad Pro
Display Size 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (264 ppi) 12.9-inch, 2048 x 2732 pixel display (265 ppi)
Resolution X 1536 2048
Resolution Y 2048 2732
Display Type LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display
Operating System iOS 8.1 (at launch) iOS 9 (at launch)
Processor A8X chip with 64‑bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture
RAM 2GB N/A
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900)
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network N/A
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
  • Touch ID
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • Smart connector
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • A-GPS (cellular model only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (cellular model only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
  • A-GPS (Cellular models only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (Cellular models only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
Height 9.4 inches (23.88 cm) 12 inches (30.48 cm)
Width 6.6 inches (16.76 cm) 8.68 inches (22.05 cm)
Depth 0.24 inches (6.1 mm) 0.27 inches (6.9 mm)
Weight 434 g (15.31 oz) 713 g (25.15 oz)
Colors Gold, Gray, White Gold, Gray, Silver
Supported Audio Formats 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 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
Supported Video Formats 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 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
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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