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11-inch iPad Pro vs. 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Apple Makes Major Changes

by Danny Zepeda | October 30, 2018October 30, 2018 11:30 am PST

Apple on Tuesday unveiled completely redesigned iPad Pro models. It’s a big change from the last generation iPad Pro, signaling a new direction for Apple’s high-end tablet. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the new 11-inch iPad Pro compares with the last generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

With the new iPad Pro, Apple completely designed it from the ground up. Gone is the rounded finish Apple introduced with the iPad Air and in its place is a flat finish. But the most jarring change was made to the display, which saw its bezels severely minimized, paving the way for Face ID and gesture-based controls.

Unlike the bigger iPad Pro model that stayed at the same 12.9-inch screen size, the smaller iPad Pro saw a bump up to 11-inches. It’s a slight jump, but with the tweaked design, it’s a smaller footprint with a bigger display.

The big changes didn’t stop there. Apple also introduced a powerful A12X Bionic chip, second generation Apple Pencil support and up to 1TB of storage.

Interestingly enough, Apple is keeping the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro in its iPad Pro lineup for the time being, which makes this comparison that much more important. It’s not like the last generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a bad purchase at $649. It still comes with a Retina Display, A10X Fusion chip, Touch ID and support for the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Check out the spec comparison down below between the new 11-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro to see everything that’s changed.

Please note the new iPad does not show 1TB as an option. We are working on a fix.

Apple - iPad Pro 11-Inch Apple - iPad Pro 10.5-inch
Display Size 11-inch, 1668 x 2388 pixel display (265 ppi) 10.5-inch, 2224 x 1668 pixel display (265 ppi)
Resolution X 1668 2224
Resolution Y 2388 1668
Display Type Liquid Retina display Retina Display LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display
Operating System iOS 12.1 (at launch) iOS 10.3.2 (at launch)
Processor A12X Bionic chip A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 7MP
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) CELLULAR MODELS ONLY
  • 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) CELLULAR MODELS ONLY
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B: 800, 1900
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • 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
  • UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 9.37-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery Built‐in 30.4‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery
NFC Yes No
  • USB-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Touch ID
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Cellular models only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (Cellular models only)
  • iBeacon
Height 9.74 inches (24.74 cm) 9.8 inches (24.89 cm)
Width 7.02 inches (17.83 cm) 6.8 inches (17.27 cm)
Depth 0.23 inches (5.8 mm) 0.24 inches (6.1 mm)
Weight 468 g (16.51 oz) 469 g (16.54 oz)
Colors Silver, Space ray Space ray, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver
Supported Audio Formats N/A AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats N/A H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel 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 or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel 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

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...