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. This version also has all of the same specs as the 12.9-inch version, but slightly smaller and $200 less. It's easier to carry around the 11-inch iPad Pro, as it will fit easier in most bags, and you can hold it up for reading and watching without getting fatigue in your wrists. However, you get less screen estate to work with, and keyboard accessories like the Smart Keyboard are not full size, so it can be harder to type.

From $799 at Apple

Pros

  • A good portable size that is still relatively lightweight
  • Will fit easily in more bags
  • Best for reading and watching with less fatigue
  • Size matches previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, just more screen
  • Same specs as 12.9-inch but cheaper

Cons

  • Less screen estate to work with
  • Typing can be uncomfortable since it's a smaller, more cramped keyboard

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro gives you the biggest possible screen for an iPad. That means more space to draw on, write handwritten notes on with Apple Pencil, 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

Pros

  • The most screen estate to work with
  • Keyboard accessories are full size
  • More space for multitasking and side-by-side apps
  • Easier to draw on and take handwritten notes with Apple Pencil
  • Works best with a stand or keyboard case on a desk

Cons

  • 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.

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 A12X 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, 7MP TrueDepth cameras with Portrait Mode, four speakers, Face ID, and come in 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage capacity. Really, the only difference between them is the fact that one is 11-inches (2388x1668) and the other is 12.9-inches (2732x2048).

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
Weight 1.03 pounds (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular) 1.39 pounds (Wi-Fi) and 1.4 pounds (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Chip A12X Bionic A12X Bionic
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB 64GB/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
Front camera 7MP True Depth 7MP True Depth
Speakers Four Four
Apple Pencil Yes Yes
Full size keyboard accessories No Yes
Portable Yes No

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 would work great as a second display in tandem with your current Mac, 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 as it did away with the bezel 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 in that sense. 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 do handwritten 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, but nothing too big. 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.