iPad Pro (1st gen)
12.9" iPad Pro in Gold
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)
Product familyiPad
TypeTablet computer
Release dateNovember 11, 2015 (2015-11-11) (12.9-inch)
March 31, 2016 (9.7-inch)
DiscontinuedJune 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 9.1 (for 12.9-inch); iOS 9.3 (for 9.7-inch)
Current: iPadOS 16.7.8, released May 13, 2024[1]
System on a chipApple A9X and Apple M9 motion coprocessor
CPU2.26 GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A[2]
Memory12.9-inch: 4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM[2]
9.7-inch: 2 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage32, 128, 256 GB[3] flash memory

2732×2048 px (264 PPI) (IPS panel) (5.5 megapixels), 12.9 in (327.8 mm) diagonal, 4:3[3]

2048×1536 px (264 PPI) (IPS panel) (3.1 megapixels), 9.7 in (246.3 mm) diagonal, 4:3[3]
Graphics12-core PowerVR Series 7XT[4]
SoundFour speaker audio
InputMulti-touch screen, headset controls and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, five microphones, Bosch Sensortec BMP280 barometer
  • 12.9-inch: 1.2 megapixels 720p front-facing and 8 megapixels rear-facing[3]
  • 9.7-inch: 5 megapixels 720p front-facing and 12 megapixels 4K rear-facing[3]
  • 12.9-in: 3.77 V 10,307 mAh[5]
  • 9.7-inch: 3.82 V 7,306 mAh[6]
Online servicesApp Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
  • 305.7 mm (12.04 in)
  • 220.6 mm (8.69 in)
  • 6.9 mm (0.27 in)
  • 240 mm (9.4 in)
  • 169.5 mm (6.67 in)
  • 6.1 mm (0.24 in)
  • 12.9-inch Wi-Fi: 713 g (1.572 lb)
  • 12.9-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular: 723 g (1.594 lb)
  • 9.7-inch Wi-Fi: 437 g (0.963 lb)
  • 9.7-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular: 444 g (0.979 lb)
PredecessoriPad Air 2
SuccessoriPad Pro (2nd generation)
RelatedApple Pencil, Apple A9X
Websitewww.apple.com/ipad-pro/ at the Wayback Machine (archived April 6, 2016)

The first generation of iPad Pro is a line of iPad, a tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple. The iPad Pro was released in 2015 alongside the Apple Pencil, and was the first iPad to use the Pencil as an input device.

The iPad Pro was first sold in November 2015 at a screen size of 12.9 inches, larger than all previous iPad models.[7][8] A smaller 9.7 inch model, based on the form factor of the iPad Air 2, was released in March 2016.[9] The 12.9 inch model was the first iPad to feature LPDDR4 RAM.[2]


The 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro was announced during an Apple Special Event on September 9, 2015.[7] It was released on November 11, 2015, with silver, gold, and space gray color options.[8] Prices ranged from US$799 to $1,229, based on storage size and cellular connectivity.

On March 21, 2016, the 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro was announced at an Apple keynote with an additional rose gold color option. The 9.7-inch version also introduced the ability to choose the base 32 GB model [10] with a Cellular + WiFi option. Previously, Cellular + WiFi option was only available on 128 GB iPad Pro models. The 9.7-inch model is priced from $599 to $1,129 depending on the configuration. It was released on March 31, 2016.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a faster CPU and a better camera than the iPad Air 2. It is the first iPad to feature True Tone Flash and Retina Flash, and its 256 GB storage option was the highest for an iPad at the time. Its True Tone display allows the LCD to adapt its color and intensity to ambient lighting.[9]

Both iPad Pro models include the A9X chip and the Apple M9 motion co-processor. The 9.7-inch model, however, has a slightly underclocked CPU (2.16 GHz compared to 2.26 GHz on the 12.9-inch model) and only 2 GB of RAM.[11] Several features are carried over from the standard iPad, such as Touch ID and the Retina Display. New features include a smart connector for a keyboard and four stereo speakers located in pairs on top and bottom of the device. The 12.9-inch model has a 2732-by-2048 display and the 9.7-inch model has a 2048-by-1536 display. Both displays have a resolution of 264 pixels per inch and feature a variable refresh rate, a first for Apple. The 12.9-inch version is also the first iOS device to include more than 2 GB of RAM.[12]

A customized 12.9 inch iPad Pro was also designed by Jony Ive and submitted to Phillips's Time for Design auction. The special edition iPad Pro has an "Edition 1 of 1" label engraved on its back and comes with a custom yellow-gold anodized finish, a blue leather Smart Cover and an orange leather Apple Pencil case cover, all of which are not sold by Apple elsewhere. The special edition sold for £50,000.[13][14]


See also: iOS 9, iOS 10, iOS 11, iOS 12, iPadOS, iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14, iPadOS 15, and iPadOS 16

Both iPad Pro (1st generation) models supported iOS 9, 10, 11, 12, iPadOS 13, 14, 15, and 16, and do not support iPadOS 17 due to hardware limitations.


Scott Stein from CNET praised the faster processor and new accessories available. However, he criticized the cost of both the unit and its accessories, while noting its slightly slower processor with less RAM of the 9.7-inch model compared to the larger 12.9-inch model.[15] Matt Swider from TechRadar complimented the easy handling, large 256 GB configuration and True Tone display, but was upset about the high starting price.[16] Gareth Beavis gave a positive review, commending the expansive screen and audio quality but stated that the battery life could be made longer.[17]


Timeline of iPad models
iPad Pro (7th generation)iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Pro (7th generation)iPad Pro (6th generation)iPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Air (6th generation)iPad Air (5th generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2iPad Mini (6th generation)iPad Mini (5th generation)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (1st generation)iPad (10th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (9th generation)iPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)

Source: Apple Newsroom Archive.[18]


See also


  1. ^ "About iPadOS 16 Updates". Apple Support. iPadOS 16.7.8.
  2. ^ a b c "The A9X SoC & More To Come - The iPad Pro Preview: Taking Notes With iPad Pro". AnandTech. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "iPad Pro - Technical Specifications - Apple". Apple Inc.
  4. ^ Smith, Ryan (November 30, 2015). "More on Apple's A9X SoC". AnandTech. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
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  6. ^ "iPad Pro 9.7" Teardown". iFixit. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Dillet, Roman (September 9, 2015). "Apple Unveils The iPad Pro". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Apple - Press Info - Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week". Apple Inc.
  9. ^ a b Seifert, Dan (March 21, 2016). "New iPad Pro announced: $599, 9.7-inch display, weighs less than one pound". The Verge. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  10. ^ 1 GB = 10003 (one billion) bytes
  11. ^ 1 GB = 10243 bytes
  12. ^ "Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2015) - Full tablet specifications".
  13. ^ Mayo, Benjamin (April 16, 2016). "Jony I've designs one-of-a-kind iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Apple Pencil case for special Design Museum auction". 9to5Mac. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Phillips: UK050316, Apple Inc". Phillips. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Stein, Scott (March 30, 2016). "iPad Pro 9.7-inch review".
  16. ^ Swider, Matt (January 27, 2018). "iPad Pro 9.7 review". TechRadar.
  17. ^ Beavis, Gareth. "iPad Pro 12.9 (2015) review". TechRadar. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News – Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.