Portable powerhouse

iPad Pro 11-inch

Monstrous workhorse

iPad Pro 12.9-inch

The 11-inch iPad Pro comes in at the same size as the previous 10.5-inch version, but you get more screen since there is no more Home button and reduced bezels. This version also has all of the same specs as the 12.9-inch version, just smaller and for $200 less. However, you overall get less screen estate to work with than the 12.9-inch model, and keyboard accessories like the Smart Keyboard are not full size, so it can be harder to type.

From $799 at Apple


  • Portable and more lightweight
  • Fits easily in more bags
  • Best for reading and watching with less fatigue
  • Size matches 10.5-inch iPad Pro with more screen
  • Same specs as 12.9-inch but cheaper


  • Less screen estate to work with
  • Smaller, more cramped keyboard

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro gives you the biggest possible screen for an iPad. That means more space to use with the Apple Penci, and more space to have side-by-side apps and even picture-in-picture videos. The 12.9-inch also has more full-size keyboard options available, making it a great iPad for doing a lot of typing with. However, due to the large size and heavy weight compared to other models, it may cause fatigue when holding it up for extended amounts of time. Plus, it's not exactly cheap.

From $999 at Apple


  • Most screen estate
  • Keyboard accessories are full size
  • Easier to use Apple Pencil with
  • Works best with a stand or keyboard case on a desk
  • Great specs


  • Large size and weight makes it harder to travel with
  • Very expensive

Since the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have the same internals, it really all comes down to whether or not you need the most screen estate possible. However, most people will probably go for the 11-inch version since it's cheaper and more lightweight.

Let's break it down

If you care about the specs, both the iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch are the same. They both have the A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine and M12 coprocessor, Liquid Retina displays with 264PPI, ProMotion technology, wide color and True Tone, laminated displays, 12MP/4K rear-cameras with Ultra Wide lens, 7MP TrueDepth cameras with Portrait Mode, four speakers, Face ID, and come in 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage capacity. Really, the only difference between them is the fact that one has an 11-inch display (2388x1668 resolution) and the other is 12.9 inches (2732x2048 resolution).

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iPad Pro 11-inch iPad Pro 12.9-inch
Cost From $799 and up From $999 and up
Size 11-inch 12.9-inch
Resolution 2388x1668 2732x2048
Pixels per inch 264 ppi 264 ppi
Weight 1.04 pounds (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular) 1.42 pounds (Wi-Fi) and 1.4 pounds (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Chip A12Z Bionic A12Z Bionic
Storage 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Display Liquid Retina Liquid Retina
Wide Color Yes Yes
True Tone Yes Yes
Laminated Display Yes Yes
Face ID Yes Yes
USB-C Yes Yes
Smart Connector Yes Yes
Rear camera 12MP/4K 12MP/4K
Ultra Wide lens Yes Yes
LiDAR Scanner Yes Yes
Front camera 7MP True Depth 7MP True Depth
Speakers Four Four
Apple Pencil Yes Yes
Full size keyboard accessories No Yes
Portable Yes No

11-inch iPad ProSource: iMore

Overall, we think the 11-inch iPad Pro is the better pick, as it's much more versatile while still providing a ton of of power. The 11-inch iPad Pro still works great as a second display in tandem with your current Mac through Sidecar (macOS Catalina required), and it's much easier to fit into your existing bags for travel purposes. It's essentially the same size as the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, just with more screen since it did away with the large bezels and Home button. We also prefer the 11-inch for doing things like reading and watching videos, as it's easier to hold without wrist fatigue.

The only reason to go for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is if you plan on doing a lot of typing with your iPad, since the 12.9-inch has more full-size keyboard accessories designed for it. Think of it as more of a laptop replacement than a tablet. The 12.9-inch is also a must if you plan on drawing and sketching with an Apple Pencil, since there is more room on your canvas to work with. Plus, it's much easier to write out notes with an Apple Pencil on the 12.9-inch due to the larger screen.

If you can adjust to smaller, more compact keyboard accessories, and don't plan on drawing or handwriting notes too much, then the 11-inch iPad Pro should be good enough for you. It's also much easier to transport with you, and you won't get tired of holding it. Plus, it's $200 cheaper than the 12.9-inch, and it would be a great complement to your existing setup.

Our pick

iPad Pro 11-inch

Portable and lightweight powerhouse

The 11-inch iPad Pro is the perfect size for those who want a powerful iPad without having to deal with size or weight. Despite the smaller size, it still has the same internals as its bigger sibling, but it's much easier to transport around, as long as you don't mind making some small sacrifices. Plus it's $200 cheaper.

Huge workhorse

iPad Pro 12.9-inch

When you need the best of the best

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is more like a computer replacement for those who want to do all (or most) of their work with iOS. It has much more screen estate to work with, making drawing, handwriting, and typing a breeze. However, the large size can be cumbersome to hold and it isn't as portable as the smaller version.

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