iPad Pro
The iPad Pro (2016) is seen on display during an event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple’s flagship tablet, the iPad Pro has been due for a refresh since its launch in 2015. The company is expected to launch the new version of the tablet in either March or April at its spaceship campus’ inauguration event.

Apple has, as always, been mum on the features of the device, although one thing is certain — the iPad Pro 2 is expected to be a large-scale improvement over the original iPad Pro. While we don’t have any official confirmation from Apple about the new tablet, several rumors have given us an idea of what to expect.

Let’s pit the iPad Pro 2 against the iPad Pro and find out how they compare.

Display and Design

While the iPad Pro came in only two variants — a 9.7-inch one and a 12.9-inch one, the iPad Pro is expected to come in three variants, including a new 10.5-inch one. A major change that Apple could make to the tablet would be that it could include a secondary display on the device— the iPad Pro might have a MacBook Pro 2016 style Touch Bar, which could possibly act as easy access to apps and emojis.

Furthermore, in terms of display, the iPad Pro 2 could have thinner bezels and provide the user with more screen area. According to some rumors, the device might also be foldable.

Apple Pencil 2

The company is also expected to revamp the tablet’s stylus. According to a patent filing, which surfaced on Thursday, the company could actually come out with a rechargeable battery, which could be charged using the smart connector on the iPad Pro, rather the lightning connector. It could also possibly use magnetic connectors for more accurate response than the previous Apple Pencil.

Read: Apple Pencil 2 Might Have Rechargeable Battery


The iPad Pro 2 is expected to come with Apple’s new A10X processor, up from the company’s A9X processor in the iPad Pro. It has a single core Geekbench 4 performance rating of 4236 and a multi-core one of 6588 according to Techtastic report from October 2016, which is way ahead of 3500 on single-core and 5600 on multi-core for the A9X.


According to reports, the iPad Pro 2 is expected to come with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera while the12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro came with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera. The tablet is also expected to have the Live Photos feature and support 4K video recording.


The iPad Pro 2 is expected to come with iOS 10.3 out-of-the box. The update will add Find My AirPods support to the tablet, along with Apple ID controls and Apple File System improvements, better app visualizations, HomeKit and SiriKit compatibility.

Read: iOS 10.3 Features Include Find My AirPods Support, Better UI And More

The iPad Pro 2 is expected to launch at similar pricing as the original iPad Pro — $799 for the 12.9-inch variant and $599 for the 9.7-inch variant. Going by how Apple usually prices the variants of its products, the 10.5-inch version could probably be priced at $699.